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.


6 thoughts on “WarGames

  1. Ian

    Very cool website for a great movie. Having trouble believing it is three decades old, seems like yesterday. Thanks.

  2. Steven Falken

    I found the website by just googling “global thermonuclear war”, just after I watched WarGames the 19th time or so.

    This website is so awesome! Just like the real Joshua.
    Reminds me of the goold old times of the internet.

    Good work,

    Steven Falken, Dr.


  3. Ethan

    there is another WarGames movie called ‘WarGames: The Dead Code’ check it out on youtube.

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