WarGames (1983)

Wargames

WOULD YOU LIKE TO PLAY A DRINKING GAME?

This week, returning guest Derek joins us to talk about WarGames! The mid-80s Cold War-paranoid/video-game thriller follows David Lightman (a baby-faced Matthew Broderick), an enterprising hacker who accidentally prods a new supercomputer into starting preparations for World War III. The film is a perfect time capsule for so many cultural fears we had in the 80s, from the terror of nuclear annihilation, the distancing effect of technology on war, and the linking of video games to military technology. Check out what we thought of this Cold War war film/cyberpunk ghost story, along with our custom cocktail and drinking game below!

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THIS EPISODE’S DRINK: W.O.P.R.

Wargames cocktailIn order to capture the Cold War spirit of this teens-versus-World-War-III caper, we chose to make a whiskey/vodka milkshake – you know, for kids! Taking inspiration from the name of the supercomputer that almost ends the world, we made the subtext text by turning Whoppers (a candy designed to emulate a chocolate milkshake) into a literal milkshake. It’s honestly one of the most delicious things we’ve made on this show, even without the booze; still, in its full form the amaretto adds a nice nutty kick to round out the flavors.

2/3 box Whoppers malted milk balls
2 scoops vanilla ice cream
1 part bourbon whiskey
1 part amaretto
½ cup milk
1 part caramel Smirnoff vodka

1) Mix Whoppers, ice cream, and milk in a blender with ice; puree till combined.
2) Add whiskey, vodka and amaretto, and pour into pilsner glass. Garnish with Whoppers and powdered/confectioner’s sugar.

DRINKING RULES FOR WARGAMES:

  1. Whenever a character says the word “game”
  2. Anytime you see close-ups of buttons (it basically doesn’t count until you can actually see the labels)
  3. Every time characters run

FINISH YOUR DRINK WHEN:

WOPR says, “The only winning move is not to play.”

Join us next week as we usher in our third year of Horror Octorbor (and Alcohollywood!) with Horror Octorbor III: Drink Warriors! – this time around, we’re taking on the third installment of a series of horror franchises to see how they hold up, where they fit in to the overall series, etc. Starting off next week, we’re strapping on our ripped striped sweaters and fedora for Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors!

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About Clint Worthington

Clint Worthington is a Chicago-based film critic and podcaster. A member of the Chicago Independent Film Critics Circle, you can find his other film work at Consequence of Sound, Crooked Marquee and UPROXX. He is also the co-host of Nathan Rabin's Happy Cast.

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