The computer which featured in the 1980s classic Wargames is now up for sale.
The set up which Matthew Broderick’s character David Lightman had in his bedroom was seen as an impossible hacker’s dream. It was all top of the range stuff, and it was never really explained how he got his paws on it.
Lightman’s room featured an IMSAI 8080 microcomputer, with an IMSAI FDC-2 dual 8-inch floppy drive, an IMSAI IKB-1 intelligent keyboard and an IMSAI 212A modem.
According to IT World, the man who supplied the hardware for the flick was Todd Fischer.
Fischer still has the 8080, the keyboard and the modem, and they’re all still in working condition. Apparenly the dual floppy drive was damaged in shipping after use in the movie and was chucked out.
He wants to flog the famous props as a set, although he has not worked out how to do it.
The sale will include all provenance, hardware, and promotional items including posters and lobby cards that he received from MGM at the time, he said.
This is the second time he has tried to sell the gear. Two years ago the props were set to be auctioned by Christie’s in London and were valued at over $25,000.
The sale never happened because of Fischer’s concerns about the safety of the props.
Fischer’s view is that the rig is an icon of the 1980s. It was a symbol of the rise of the personal computer that motivated many thousands, if not tens of thousands of impressionable and talented youth to take up the mantle that digital technology in the hands of the masses could offer.
If you want to make a bid, you can contact Fischer at firstname.lastname@example.org.