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Fame, I wanna live forever.  Unless there is an onset of Global Thermonuclear War.

Sometime in the month of February, the website, coolsiteoftheday.com found my WarGames site and featured it as the “cool site of the day”.  This gave me a relative 15 minutes of fame and from there, a nice chain reaction of a few other large sites listing it as well.  Everything from a radio station in Houston, to both a Dutch and Japanese version of coolsiteoftheday (unaffiliated but likely plagiaristic).

The impact on my WarGames site traffic was fairly dramatic.  Here are some stats:

  • Unique visitors for 01/2011 = 314. This is pre-‘cool site of the day’ traffic.  Not bad for visitors just coming mostly from search engines.
  • Unique visitors for 02/2011 = 2,763. Holy crap.
  • Unique visitors for 03/2011 = 1,766. Dramatic drop-off from February but still way up there.

All of this of course means better Search Engine Optimization for my site, http://richterwebdesign.com.  Which is one of the main reasons why I built the GTW site in the first place.

That site only took me about 15 hours to make and I find this recent excitement inspiring to make other completely useless websites for nerds like me.

By the way, that screenshot above is the final sequence from my website that only about 50% of site visitors stick around for (you have to play a few rounds of Tic-Tac-Toe while the WOPR completes the launch code).



Global Thermonuclear War

2 weeks ago, I had a very important meeting at my day job where a number of us gathered in a room, ate large quanities of pizza and watched the 1983 smash hit, WarGames.  By the end of the movie, I came away with 3 key pieces of knowledge:

  1. Ally Sheedy looked pretty damn cute in 1983
  2. The Seattle skyline in 1983 was just a touch different
  3. I should… no I must build a website to pay homage to this movie, and to give me an opportunity to work on my ActionScript skills & boost my SEO (or so that’s how I justified it)

That night I purchased the domain, http://www.globalthermonuclearwar.net to which my wife asked, how many domains do we own now?  A lot… we own a lot.

Once I put together a baseline for what I wanted on the site, I found an outstanding tutorial on how to build a Tic-Tac-Toe game using ActionScript.  Perfect!

15-20ish hours later, I built it and here it is.  Simple, all Flash, as true to the movie as I could get it with the time I allotted myself, and to avoid potential cease & desist letters, ad-free.

A few points about the site:

  1. All the code validates strict (which can be a pain in the arse for Flash sites)
  2. All iDevice users (of which I am one) are auto-redirected here via this handy little JavaScript
  3. The sitemap.xml is registered with Bing, Google, & Yahoo so you can easily find it again in the future if you happen to forget the URL, or your bookmarks get blown away, or someone changes your home pages to something else.
  4. It’s not perfect, but it’s fun.

Lastly, if you lived under a rock in 1983 or go deaf anytime there is a conversation about 1980’s pop-culture, and are therefore unaware of this movie, or if you somehow forgot it’s awesomeness, check out the YouTube trailer below.