War Games

From: Sam Ismail <dastar_at_crl.com>
Date: Tue Sep 23 10:06:35 1997

On Tue, 23 Sep 1997, Hans Pufal wrote:

> >A neat thing: at the end of the movie during the credits they get to
> >thanking those who provided technical assistance. The first company
> >listed is none other than "CompuPro Division, Godbout Electronics". >Very
> >cool! Others listed were Televideo, Fischer-Freitas (why does that >sound
> It may have been Fisher (I'll check at lunch today, but they were ex
> IMSAI employees who set up in business after IMSAI's demise supporting
> the old machines. Just read "Fire in the Valley" ;-)

One thing I forgot to mention that is also interesting is that there was
absolutely no mention of IMSAI in the credits! Not that I saw at least.
Perhaps it was the Fisher-Freitas guys who snuck the IMSAI into the movie?

What's neat is that this movie came out in 1983, probably filmed in 1982
or so. This is still nearly 3 years after the heyday of the IMSAI.
Well, maybe not, but when you think of it in terms of the fact that the
Apple was pretty much THE home computer, and Atari and Commodore were
also a presence, its interesting they chose to use an IMSAI. Ithink it
was very cool that they chose to use an IMSAI. Maybe its because they
were trying to convey that David had some big, powerful computer.

They would have done well using an Apple as they could've had all the
necessary peripherals to pull it off (voice synth, etc) and everyone could
relate to it. An Atari or Commodore setup would not have looked nearly as
impressive, and besides, only weenies hacked from Ataris or Commodores :)

Maybe they chose an IMSAI because not many people in the general public
had one at that point (most people had Apples or TRS-80s or what-not) and
they wanted to make David's exploits more plausible by the fact that he
had this big, powerful looking computer with lights and switches on it?

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