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Shall We Play a Game?

In WarGames, the 1983 movie that was perhaps the first-ever hacker flick, a computerized voice ominously asks young Matthew Broderick, “Shall we play a game?” The movie ends with crafty humans outsmarting a military computer at a game of tic-tac-toe to avoid a nuclear war.

Humans playing games against computers seemed like a pretty futuristic idea in the eighties. Yet, when it comes to online community today, it’s more likely that the future will be more about humans using computers to play games against each other.


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