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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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    thejerk , April 13, 2010 2:40 PM
    But does it play.......... Global Thermonuclear War??
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    RazberyBandit , April 13, 2010 2:35 PM
    That's a w.o.p.p.e.r. of a deal!
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    Anonymous , April 13, 2010 2:28 PM
    I've been watching this for quite some time. I have a local lawyer that will put in a proxy bid when the item comes up for auction. It's movies like this in my youth that drove me to computers, and this would be a nice show piece at conventions and conferences. Wish me luck!
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    Hilarion , April 13, 2010 2:23 PM
    Interesting bit of nostalgia, indeed. Wouldn't mind adding one to my collection but I'm terribly short on that kind of dough.
  • 18 Hide
    Anonymous , April 13, 2010 2:28 PM
    I've been watching this for quite some time. I have a local lawyer that will put in a proxy bid when the item comes up for auction. It's movies like this in my youth that drove me to computers, and this would be a nice show piece at conventions and conferences. Wish me luck!
  • 20 Hide
    RazberyBandit , April 13, 2010 2:35 PM
    That's a w.o.p.p.e.r. of a deal!
  • 31 Hide
    thejerk , April 13, 2010 2:40 PM
    But does it play.......... Global Thermonuclear War??
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    scryer_360 , April 13, 2010 2:47 PM
    Ok, I would actually shell out that kind of money for this. If only I had it just laying around.......
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    insider3 , April 13, 2010 2:50 PM
    20 years later they are gonna try to sell the Matrix.
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    Nakal , April 13, 2010 2:50 PM
    thejerkBut does it play.......... Global Thermonuclear War??

    Would..you..like..too..play..a..game
  • 3 Hide
    The Greater Good , April 13, 2010 2:52 PM
    "Get that b out of the war room!"
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    JasonAkkerman , April 13, 2010 2:57 PM
    How about a nice game of chess.

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    chomlee , April 13, 2010 3:08 PM
    "I'd p on a spark plug if I knew it would help"
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    counselmancl , April 13, 2010 3:12 PM
    Ahh, back when modems were actually modems.
  • 8 Hide
    Regulas , April 13, 2010 3:23 PM
    What OS? Processing Power? Come on Tom's, a little more info next time.
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    rajangel , April 13, 2010 3:23 PM
    now only if they put something valuable up for sale. man what i'd pay for that tank off kelly's hereos. now that's a legit movie.
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    babybeluga , April 13, 2010 3:26 PM
    I wasn't born when this movie came out!
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    office_dude , April 13, 2010 3:30 PM
    Quote:
    OPB reports that with an appraisal of more than $25,000, it could be the most expensive "PC" ever sold.
    Doesn't a fully customized Falcon Northwest computer cost about that much or close to it.
    The real question is... Can it play Pong? :) -
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    RazberyBandit , April 13, 2010 3:31 PM
    regulasWhat OS? Processing Power? Come on Tom's, a little more info next time.

    Confirmed to play Tic-Tac-Toe at amazing speeds.
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    Computer_Lots , April 13, 2010 3:32 PM
    If the thing actually talked like on the movie, it would be worth it. But it's most likely a non-working stage prop.
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    kdashjl , April 13, 2010 3:33 PM
    insider320 years later they are gonna try to sell the Matrix.

    if includes neo i'll buy it
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    tleavit , April 13, 2010 3:41 PM
    Wow, talk about coincidences... amazing. I just watched this movie on Saturday with my 9 year old son (his first time). First time I have watched it (or heard of it again in like 20+ years) and then this. The universe is weird.
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    mavroxur , April 13, 2010 3:55 PM
    I wanna see the benchmarks on it!
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