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Animatrix: A Detective Story: A Computer is still A Computer
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This single still is from the widescreen version of ?A Detective Story?, one of the Animatrix animated shorts. It has been considerably scaled back from the original material.

In this still, the strange object sitting on the desk is actually a twin monitor, modern-day computer system, immensely powerful, not too dissimilar from a high-end PC. It looks very very different because the simulation it is running inside of, is trying to give a 1920s 'feel'. So to have modern day appliances sold in the shops would look rather odd.

Still, with a little creative thought, any modern-day convenience can be replicated in a world striving for an olden day feel, simply by changing its design to suit.

Link: Animatrix: A Detective Story