We're sorry for MGF's delay; some editorial mixups have since led to numerous interns being flogged mercilessly. Last week Movie Gadget Friday took a look at the Memory Erasing Process from Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. This week, following a genuine reader request (and not just because sarcasm comes so naturally), Josie Fraser takes a gander at the W.O.P.R. from 1983's WarGames.
Ah, 1983—to be honest I can barely remember it, but who could ever forget WarGames—the thrills, the tension, and the
fabulous touchtone telephones.
The film's star is the made-up and most likely made of cardboard military computer W.O.P.R. (War Operation Planned Response, pronounced Whopper—apparently Burger King had far reaching connections in the 80s) and a programme called Joshua—ably voiced by James Ackerman who easily wins second place for the all-time Creepiest-Computer-Voice-In-A-Movie Award (you know who gets number #1). W.O.P.R. works for the non-fictional North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD), and is programmed to play a limited selection of games, including chess and Global Thermonuclear War.