I'm in the market for a new computer (my Mac finally died -- sad face) and I think I've found the perfect replacement. I've got my eye on this spiffy IMSAI 8080 desktop. Sure, it's got like a 1200 baud modem and the storage capacity of a floppy disk, but it was in WarGames!
That's right, the perfectly preserved computer David Lightman (Matthew Broderick) used to push the world to the brink of full-scale nuclear war can now be yours. Engadget is reporting that the desktop and all the peripherals will be on the market soon. Appraised at $25,000 this piece of movie history can be had for the price of a decent mid-sized automobile. That's a small sum to pay for instant nerd cred.
In the film, Broderick is a computer whiz who uses his IMSAI 8080 to connect to the defense department's W.O.P.R. supercomputer. He thinks they're playing a game about global thermonuclear war, but he's actually pushing the computer toward starting Armageddon. WarGames was one of the earliest hacker films and seems about as dated as the IMSAI 8080 itself, but it's still a lot of fun. You'll never hear the phrase "Shall we play a game?" in quite the same way after seeing this flick.
Hit the jump for a look at the trailer and check out the Original Props blog for a glimpse of the IMSAI 8080 in all its sexy glory.