I make references to old movies, because I am an old man who only thinks about the past. In this case, the reference is to 80s ‘teen hacker almost accidentally nukes the world’ thriller Wargames. Y’know, the one that no-one remembers anything about other than “shall we play a game?” But don’t we all feel like best friends when we quote it together?
We already knew that Sam Barlow, the fella behind FMV detective game Her Story, was working on an interactivery movie sorta thing using the license, but now we get the teaser trailer, and a sense of how cold war nuclear terror has been updated for a new age of electronic disquiet. The fact that this is called #Wargames, rather than simply Wargames, probably provides some clues to this.
You’ll note that millions of people dying in a nuclear fire is not something referenced, despite 2017 having been a year in which some feared that sort of eventuality had returned to the table. What’s mentioned instead is the recent spate of high-profile hacks at the likes of Sony, Yahoo and Equifax – and thus the feared downfall of society as a result of digital information theft. In other words, it’s sounding a wee bit Mr Robot.
Well, also to be gleaned from Sam Barlow’s Twitter today is some sniffing around the question of whether or not this counts as a ‘game’ (of course it does, don’t be silly):
…and the promise that, though the subjective matter seems dystopian, the tone will be at least somewhat chummy:
There’s no mention of a returning Matthew Broderick, though this is an official MGM joint, so who knows what surprises they might have forked out for?
But we get the quote at the end of the video, and that’s all that matters, right? Oh, that and the ‘2018’ release date.