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''WarGames'' IMSAI 8080 Computer Up for Sale

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Be still my beating heart.

Yesterday we learned that not many of you are willing to shell out $200,000 for gold plated, diamond gilded nostalgia. So what about something that wasn't covered in tacky gold and diamonds? The original "Shall we play a game?" computer from the movie WarGames is for sale.

The Original Prop Blog (via Engadget) reports that the IMSAI 8080 computer used in the 1983 movie WarGames will be up for sale in the near future. Though plans for the sale of the machine have yet to be finalized, OPB reports that with an appraisal of more than $25,000, it could be the most expensive "PC" ever sold.

It's not gold plated and it doesn't come with a sprinkling of diamonds that help drive the price up to $200,000 but it did foster Matthew Broderick and Ally Sheedy crushes in young geeks everywhere. Ah, memories.

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    mildiner86 , 13 April 2010 21:57
    what a great film, if i had that kinda cash to throw around id like to own it :p  shame girls aint that impressed by computers anymore haha
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    LePhuronn , 13 April 2010 23:05
    Does it have the modem and voice synth speaker with it though? Also, you simply must have the full WOPR cabinet to go with it.

    And the remote-control pterodactyl (or was it a pteranodon - not being to scale I couldn't tell!)

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    LePhuronn , 13 April 2010 23:06
    Oh, and maybe I should look at the picture more closely because lo and behold the speaker is right on top!

    /facepalm
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    WingDing , 13 April 2010 23:33
    I'd like to 'play a game' with Ally Sheedy.........
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    Clintonio , 14 April 2010 01:10
    mildiner86what a great film, if i had that kinda cash to throw around id like to own it shame girls aint that impressed by computers anymore haha

    Girls were impressed by computers? I don't believe it. Then again, I might be too young to remember, since I don't recognise this at all.
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    wonspur , 14 April 2010 01:15
    ally sheedy was banging in that movie
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    wild9 , 14 April 2010 04:08
    mildiner86what a great film, if i had that kinda cash to throw around id like to own it shame girls aint that impressed by computers anymore haha


    Here, here. I also loved that film, having watched it many times over. I prefer these older titles to the modern one's. Sure, a lot of it relies on a huge stretch of the imagination but it's just fun to watch, to be part of.

    Stereotypical computer guy wasn't he, Matthew Broderick. He has some fit young lady sprawling herself all over his computer, yet and all was interested in was his latest electronic toy. Maybe he was saving himself; if that young lady got so er..what's the word..exhilarated over him booking a few iffy holidays..just imagine what happened shortly after she found out her hero had saved the world. Three guess what helped him keep his youthful looks afterwards, the lucky so-and-so :) 
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    LePhuronn , 14 April 2010 06:38
    Wargames, TRON, Hackers, Sneakers and Swordfish are pride of place in my essential computer geek movie collection.

    Gotta watch 'em all!
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    TegGhola , 14 April 2010 22:40
    Which of the computers in WarGames was the one that's (allegedly) for sale?

    The one in his bedroom, or one of the terminals at NORAD?
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    LePhuronn , 14 April 2010 23:19
    TegGholaWhich of the computers in WarGames was the one that's (allegedly) for sale?The one in his bedroom, or one of the terminals at NORAD?


    The one in the picture - i.e. the home computer.
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    TegGhola , 15 April 2010 21:37
    Ah, the home computer, thanks. (Though I had guessed it was the one in the picture.)

    I don't see the funky-looking modem with the telephone handset cradle. You would definitely want that along with it.