Tuesday, October 03, 2006

How About a Nice Game of Chess?

Noah sends this link to a MetaFilter page on a game called Defcon - which is in turn (transparently) based on Global Thermonuclear War from WarGames (the movie that inspired the title for this blog)!

The relevant quote (from the IMDB "memorable quotes" section for WarGames - linked above):


[after playing out all possible outcomes for Global Thermonuclear War]
Joshua: Greetings, Professor Falken.
Stephen Falken: Hello, Joshua.
Joshua: A strange game. The only winning move is not to play. How about a nice game of chess?


The screenshots of Defcon look almost exactly like the screens in the NORAD war room in the movie. So if you have a left-over hankering from the early 80s and Missile Command just wasn't enough for you, have a look.

(Interesting sidenote: the Wikipedia article for Missile Command says it was released in 1980, predating WarGames by 3 years. I had always assumed it was made to capitalize on WarGames' popularity, but maybe it was the other way around? My dad used to play that game nonstop...)

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