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Cold War

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May 27, 2015 4:15 PM

Amelia Island, FL

Amelia Island, FL

Growing up in the '80s wasn't as cool as it's made out to be. As a teenager of that decade, we not only lacked any reasonable fashion sense, we lived under the constant shadow of nuclear oblivion. In hindsight, the arms race begat some huge advances in computing theory and practice, and since your average mobile phone is more powerful than that era's entire North American early warning system, makes a great target for simulation. Cold War is an in-browser recreation of the nightmare that was the '80s, exploring emergent systems, the limits of Javascript performance, and some techniques that might actually be useful in your day job when you get back to civilization. Expect vector graphics, high altitude bombers, missiles, killer satellites and explosions. More than a few explosions. And unlike the '80s, lasers that actually work.

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