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Shall. We. Play. A. Game?
Starring a very young Matthew Broderick (can you believe he's 48 now?), WarGames came two years before he took his famous day off. The iconic W.O.P.R. was intended by the U.S. military to play wargames, but eventually developed a level of sentience (unlike many serving members of the United States Congress).
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The WarGames premise returned 25 years later, with WarGames: The Dead Code. A direct-to-DVD release, this central computer was far less iconic, if no less powerful. The computer here is R.I.P.L.E.Y., which eventually does battle with W.O.P.R. Highlight of the movie are the silly variables, including JDI_MINDTRICK.