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Terminator Salvation Credit Code Snippets

June 15th, 2009 by Multimedia Mike

I saw Terminator Salvation recently. Observers enjoy dissecting the many ways that the entire Terminator franchise fails to add up, logically. I’m certainly not here to defend it.


Terminator Robot (T-800); from Terminator 3 movie trailer
When facing scary-looking creatures like spiders, loud dogs, and humanoid robots, it helps to remember that they’re probably more afraid of you than you are of them. Probably.

However, none of the reviews or analyses I have read so far have mentioned the opening credit sequence for Salvation. Every actor’s name is ensconsed in some nonsensical computer code construct. The average programmer finds himself unable to avoid guessing what language the movie could have been hinting at– C, C++, Objective-C, XML, Python. They looked something like this:

/**Christian Bale;

>> Sam Worthington <
>

[ Helena Bonham Carter ]

Moon Bloodgood++

<Anton> <Yelchin>

I’m surprised that this hasn’t merited a mention in IMDb’s Crazy Credits section for the movie. Maybe Skynet (the master computer of the Terminator franchise) uses a proprietary language which is a mish-mash of all the computer languages the humans developed.

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2 Responses

  1. Bell End Says:

    That’s because the credits were designed by an art graduate and not a computer programmer. Obviously.

  2. Michael Says:

    I liked it, it was a nice touch.

    It’s something a programmer would notice while most people would just ignore.

    I reckon it was C++, heheh