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Buy This: the computer from WarGames

The Internet is bracing for a game of Thermonuclear Bidding War, as the IMSAI 8080 used by Matthew Broderick in WarGames is up for sale. The computer includes a keyboard bigger than any laptop currently on the market, clunky red and blue switches with no apparent purpose, a then-powerful 1200 baud modem, and a speaker you can presumably coax into saying "shall we play a game?" until that gets old, which it never will. The IMSAI has been appraised at $25,000, but we assume nostalgia-prone nerds will drive that up significantly. The only thing missing is how to buy the computer (we assume Sotheby's will be handling this one), as the only information given is an ominous "soon."

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