Liquid Supercomputer Has A Meltdown

Zero, the supercomputer from Rollerball, looks 10,000 times cooler than most scifi computers of the 1970s, with their giant tape spools. But it suffers from that typical 60s and 70s problem — the crazy monotone freakout — when Rollerball champion Jonathan E. wants to ask for information about the Corporate Wars. It turns out even the "waters of history" get dammed up when they try to address corporate secrets. Click through for a clip of the crazy sports stunts that are what most people remember Rollerball for.

"Game? This wasn't meant to be a game! Never!" Rollerball was one of my favorite movies when I was a kid, with its Death Race-y dystopian take on the sports movie. I didn't even bother to see the recent remake, so I have no idea if it was as awful as I'd feared. When we finally get around to doing our listing of the top 10 dystopian skate movies, Rollerball will definitely be in the top five.


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Annalee Newitz

The computer reminds me of Cray supercomputers, many of which were water-cooled and had these beautiful, multicolored tubes of water running around their cores.