History Film / WarGames

15th Dec '17 5:56:18 AM rjd1922
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* ArmorPiercingQuestion: Asked by David to Falken "What was the last thing you cared about?". [[spoiler:Has a delayed effect]]
* ArtisticLicenseMilitary: Up until 1992 NORAD only detected threats while Strategic Air Command handled responses to threats.

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* ArmorPiercingQuestion: Asked by David to Falken "What was the last thing you cared about?". [[spoiler:Has a delayed effect]]
effect.]]
* ArtisticLicenseMilitary: Up until 1992 1992, NORAD only detected threats while Strategic Air Command handled responses to threats.
14th Dec '17 3:08:20 PM eroock
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* UnwinnableTrainingSimulation: The opening scenes have what appears to be a real launch order, which fails when one of the operators can't go through with it. This turns out to be a simulation (unbeknownst to the operators), and 22% of those tested have reacted the same way, which is what convinces NORAD to put WOPR in charge instead.
14th Dec '17 3:07:38 PM eroock
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* KnightInSourArmour: Falken
14th Dec '17 3:07:21 PM eroock
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* TheBigBoard: The big control room display of the globe and the (apparent) status of the war.
14th Dec '17 3:06:59 PM eroock
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* BeepingComputers: All of NORAD's computers have a default setting of "Beep" and "Boop".

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* BeepingComputers: All of NORAD's computers have a default setting of "Beep" and "Boop". Also David's computer is very noisy.



* EverythingIsOnline: {{Justified|Trope}}, since David only discovered WOPR by "[[TropeNamers war-dialing]]" random numbers looking for one with a modem on the other end, and it's explained in-dialogue that the only reason WOPR had a modem connection to the outside world was due to a grave switching error at the phone company. After David's initial hack alerts the Air Force to this problem they remove it, requiring David to use internal NORAD terminals to communicate with WOPR for the remainder of the movie.

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* EverythingIsOnline: {{Justified|Trope}}, EverythingIsOnline:
** Played straight with the school networking that makes pupil's grades accessible online.
** {{Justified|Trope}} with the military network,
since David only discovered WOPR by "[[TropeNamers war-dialing]]" random numbers looking for one with a modem on the other end, and it's explained in-dialogue that the only reason WOPR had a modem connection to the outside world was due to a grave switching error at the phone company. After David's initial hack alerts the Air Force to this problem they remove it, requiring David to use internal NORAD terminals to communicate with WOPR for the remainder of the movie.



* OminousMultipleScreens: NORAD's War Room. Each hooked up to a projector, when you know it is quite an achievement for the time.
* ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish: Or in a part of the computer that ''isn't'' protected by the password.

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* OminousMultipleScreens: NORAD's War Room.Room has 12 giant projector screens. Each hooked up to a projector, when you know it is quite an achievement for the time.
* ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish: Or in a part of the computer Lampshaded by David when he suspects that ''isn't'' protected by Falken used the password.name of his deceased son as his password.
-->"It can't be that simple."
14th Dec '17 2:59:10 PM eroock
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* FiveFiveFive: Protovision's phone number starts with 555.
* TheEighties: The hair, clothes, soundtrack and technology. More importantly and harder to define is the tone -- this movie wouldn't be the same if made at any other time.



* AndMissionControlRejoiced: When David manages to convince JOSHUA to not launch all of the U.S.'s missiles at the Soviet Union and start WorldWarIII, the NORAD command staff begins to cheer. [[YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle But not for long.]]



* AnywhereButTheirLips: On the ferry it seems David and Jennifer are about to share their BigDamnKiss, but she decides to go for the cheek instead.



* ArtisticLicenseMilitary: Up until 1992 NORAD only detected threats while Strategic Air Command handled responses to threats.



* BillionsOfButtons: All over NORAD. WOPR in particular has an impressive panel of blinking lights.



* ChekhovsGun: They included a scene of a guided tour at NORAD early on in order to avoid an AssPull with David's escape via such a group later.
* CoincidentalBroadcast: David sees the news report about the nuclear alert on TV when talking to his father in the living room.



* TheEighties: The hair, clothes, soundtrack and technology. More importantly and harder to define is the tone -- this movie wouldn't be the same if made at any other time.



* GirlNextDoor: Jennifer Mack

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* GirlNextDoor: Jennifer MackMack.



* TheGovernment

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* %%* TheGovernment



* GuileHero: David's strength is his cleverness which helps him out whenever he finds himself in a tight spot.
* HeyWait: When David climbs out of the AirVentPassageway to join the tourist group, an officer stops him. But instead of recapturing David, the officer lectures him not to stray from the group.



* KnightInSourArmour: Falken



* KnightInSourArmour: Falken

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* KnightInSourArmour: FalkenLaymansTerms: Half way through when the nerd at NORAD is explaining something in TechnoBabble, the officials demand a translation into English.



* LoveMakesYouCrazy

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* LoveMakesYouCrazy%%* LoveMakesYouDumb



* MirandaRights: Being read to David when he is captured by the agents.



* NotQuiteDead



* ObligatoryEarpieceTouch: When the FBI seizes David, one of the agents does the touch gesture to his ear.



* PercussiveMaintenance: At the beginning of the film, an instrumentation malfunctions and one of the officers advises his comrade to tap the blinking light which indeed solves the problem.



* RaceAgainstTheClock: The main characters have 52 hours to prevent WW3.
* RammingAlwaysWorks: Scripted as a straight example when the jeep was to crash through the gate at NORAD and continue its ride. However, the stunt failed and the jeep turned over due to the impact with the gate. They [[ThrowItIn used the scene anyway]] and had the characters continue down the tunnel on foot.



* TheWarRoom: Hell, this film's version of NORAD might well be a trope of its own; it was the most expensive set ever built at the time... It was even far fancier than the real NORAD command and control room, which looked positively poor compared with this (there's a picture in a 1983 book called ''The Intelligence War'').


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* TrustPassword: When David and Jessica meet Falken on the island, the professor is having none of the kids' talk until David mentions JOSHUA.


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* TheWarRoom: Hell, this film's version of NORAD might well be a trope of its own; it was the most expensive set ever built at the time... It was even far fancier than the real NORAD command and control room, which looked positively poor compared with this (there's a picture in a 1983 book called ''The Intelligence War'').


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26th Nov '17 8:59:33 PM marcoasalazarm
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* ImproperlyParanoid: Will's whole dillemma occurs because RIPLEY analyzed his somewhat-unusual profile (details of which, [[spoiler:including his dad's history as an Agency operative that died on the field]], Will didn't knew about) thanks to Dennis' selection of the highest difficulty in her game and immediately assumed "home-grown terrorist".

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* ImproperlyParanoid: Will's whole dillemma occurs because RIPLEY analyzed his somewhat-unusual profile (details of which, [[spoiler:including his dad's history as an Agency operative that died on the field]], Will didn't knew about) thanks to Dennis' selection of the highest difficulty in her game and immediately assumed "home-grown terrorist". The situation goes FromBadToWorse because RIPLEY's analysis ebentually starts connecting some pretty important people (including ''the men who built her'') to Will's alleged "terrorist cell" and starts taking appropiate actions.
26th Nov '17 8:57:56 PM marcoasalazarm
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* ImproperlyParanoid: Will's whole dillemma occurs because RIPLEY analyzed his somewhat-unusual profile (details of which, [[spoiler:including his dad's history as an Agency operative that died on the field]]) thanks to Dennis' selection of the highest difficulty in her game and immediately assumed "home-grown terrorist".

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* ImproperlyParanoid: Will's whole dillemma occurs because RIPLEY analyzed his somewhat-unusual profile (details of which, [[spoiler:including his dad's history as an Agency operative that died on the field]]) field]], Will didn't knew about) thanks to Dennis' selection of the highest difficulty in her game and immediately assumed "home-grown terrorist".
26th Nov '17 8:55:31 PM marcoasalazarm
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* AIIsACrapshoot

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* AIIsACrapshootAIIsACrapshoot:


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* ImproperlyParanoid: An awful lot of David's obstacles during the film happen because most authority figures he could talk to took one look at the situation and his social status and immediately theorized "Soviet spy".


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* ImproperlyParanoid: Will's whole dillemma occurs because RIPLEY analyzed his somewhat-unusual profile (details of which, [[spoiler:including his dad's history as an Agency operative that died on the field]]) thanks to Dennis' selection of the highest difficulty in her game and immediately assumed "home-grown terrorist".
17th Sep '17 4:50:22 AM Mooncalf
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** David figured out the password through realistic means - by discovering who wrote the system and investigating his background, successfully guessing that the password might be [[spoiler: "Joshua" - the name of Falken's dead son.]] This kind of social hacking is still done (very successfully) today.

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** David figured out the password through realistic means - by discovering who wrote the system and investigating his background, successfully guessing that the password might be [[spoiler: "Joshua" - the name of Falken's dead son.]] This kind of social hacking is still done (very successfully) today. Similarly, earlier he finds the password to the school computer by checking the hidden spot where the teachers write it down.
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