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Everything You Need to Know About Sam Barlow’s #WarGames

Posted by Campbell Bird on March 14th, 2018

Sam Barlow’s follow up to Her Story is #WarGames, an interactive video series that reimagines the 1983 film WarGames in a more present day context. It’s not exactly a game, but it’s definitely still interesting. Here are the top things you should know about it before diving in.

What is it?

#WarGames isn’t much like anything else out there. It’s like watching a TV show, but the whole thing is told through different screens, which primarily show different characters video chatting with one another. All of these screens are visible at once, but you can tap to switch between which feed you want to focus on.

While you’re watching, #WarGames keeps track of which video feeds you’ve focused on and changes your story’s arc depending on these choices. It’s not really obvious what you’re changing though. There are no moments when a character is begging for attention and you can switch to them to trigger some kind of choice. It’s a lot more subtle than that, so much so it's hard to tell that you're changing anything. That said, #WarGames definitely lets you know when things change, and even gives you an overview of the paths you took at the end of each episode.

Shall We Play a WarGames Game?

Posted by Jordan Minor on June 15th, 2012
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Today, robotic assistants like Siri are all about helping their human creators with the power of technology. However, the 1983 MGM classic WarGames featured an artificial intelligence more interested in plunging the earth into a nuclear war. In WarGames: WOPR, from Be-Rad Entertainment, players take control of the titular program for some retro strategy action.

The goal is to create chains as long as possible by dragging one’s finger across similar tiles. During their quest to start World War III, players will have access to nuke, health, money, and radar tiles as well as 24 different tactics and mods they can use to strike the opponent or upgrade themselves. The 40+ levels feature showdowns with characters from the film including the actual voices of actors Matthew Broderick, Ally Sheedy, and Dabney Coleman.

In a way, it would be fitting if playing this game could actually start a new world war. However, let’s hope for our sake that is not the case. WarGames: WOPR is available now for $0.99 on the App Store.

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