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Generational conflict via video game

by Critical Commons Manager

This absurd scene showing a parental loss of control via a domestic computer is consistent with the cartoonish structure of the entire film, making it difficult to decode precisely what would have made this scene funny to audiences in 1983. The simple novelty of on-screen video games was active in numerous films of this era, when computer graphics were still a rarity. This film was also released during a period of economic ascendance for games, shortly before the entire industry experienced a massive collapse.

Generational conflict via computer and videogame in National Lampoon's Vacation

An early PC-era scene merges home computing with video games to comedic effect

from National Lampoon's Vacation (1983)
Creator: Harold Ramis
Distributor: Warner Brothers
Posted by Critical Commons Manager