Revisiting the Retro Computers of War Games, Tron and More

Mac's Birthday: Apple released their first personal computer 30 years ago
Macintosh 128K and iMac
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01/24/2014 AT 01:00 PM EST

Siri, help me sing "Happy Birthday."

The first Macintosh computer debuted on Jan. 24, 1984, equipped with a mouse, a keyboard and an impressive 9-inch screen. The world has come a long way from the beige, plastic behemoth of a personal computer.

If you thought a weak Wi-Fi signal was annoying, remember the days of dial-up and floppy disks. The following movies, which showcase the technology of their time, can make anyone appreciate our analog ancestors and all the upgrades that brought us to today.

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)





It may look like a severely outdated scanner, but this is a golden-ticket-finding supercomputer – with a sense of morality. Today, there's Reddit and 4-Chan to figure out the world's secrets.

Tron (1982)



Respect your hard drive, before your hard drive wrecks you, or sends you into its laser tag-like mainframe.

War Games (1983)



Manufacturers found out early on that chess makes a phenomenal computer program. Global Thermonuclear War – er – not so much.

Weird Science (1985)



The lack of Kelly LeBrock software is one of the few downgrades in current computers.

Pretty in Pink (1986)



Online dating had to start somewhere. Unfortunately, in the '80s, the pool of suitors was limited to those in the same library as you.
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