History Film / WarGames

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.
13th Aug '17 11:51:55 AM Outis
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* GeneralRipper: General Berringer is set up with all of the classic hallmarks of one (ego, Southern drawl, SophisticatedAsHell speech patterns, willingness to launch), but [[SubvertedTrope turns out to be]] a ReasonableAuthorityFigure instead, and to display better judgment than his civilian colleague McKittrick.

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* GeneralRipper: General Berringer is set up with all of the classic hallmarks of one (ego, Southern drawl, SophisticatedAsHell speech patterns, willingness to launch), but [[SubvertedTrope turns out to be]] a ReasonableAuthorityFigure instead, and to display better judgment than his civilian colleague McKittrick.[=McKittrick=].
13th Aug '17 11:51:19 AM Outis
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* GeneralRipper: General Berringer is set up with all of the classic hallmarks of one (ego, Southern drawl, SophisticatedAsHell speech patterns, willingness to launch), but [[SubvertedTrope turns out to be]] a ReasonableAuthorityFigure instead.

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* GeneralRipper: General Berringer is set up with all of the classic hallmarks of one (ego, Southern drawl, SophisticatedAsHell speech patterns, willingness to launch), but [[SubvertedTrope turns out to be]] a ReasonableAuthorityFigure instead.instead, and to display better judgment than his civilian colleague McKittrick.
13th Jul '17 2:31:12 PM Jan_z_Michal
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* HollywoodHacking: Along with the Creator/WilliamGibson novel ''Literature/{{Neuromancer}}'', this movie is the father of HollywoodHacking, and invented ninety percent of the standard conventions, such as talking out loud while typing. On the other hand, at its time it was an incredibly accurate portrayal of how phreaking and hacking worked; Hollywood never left the 80s.

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* HollywoodHacking: Along with the Creator/WilliamGibson novel ''Literature/{{Neuromancer}}'', this movie is the father of HollywoodHacking, and invented ninety percent of the standard conventions, such as talking out loud while typing. On the other hand, at its time it was an incredibly accurate portrayal of how phreaking and hacking worked; Hollywood simply never left the 80s.
21st Jun '17 4:18:30 AM Arivne
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* SecretTest: At the beginning of the film, a U.S. ICBM base receives orders to launch its missiles. One of the officers refuses to participate in the launch, preventing it from occurring. It's later revealed that the situation was a nationwide test of the officers' willingness to launch on command. 22% of the bases failed to launch their missiles, causing serious dismay in the political and military leadership.
20th Jun '17 11:03:24 AM WillKeaton
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Also, there's the {{novelization}} by David Bischoff, as well as a UsefulNotes/ColecoVision [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WarGames_%28video_game%29 game based on the film]].

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Also, there's the {{novelization}} by David Bischoff, as well as a UsefulNotes/ColecoVision [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WarGames_%28video_game%29 game based on the film]].
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27th May '17 10:26:08 AM rmctagg09
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* DecapitationStrike: This is the reason why WOPR cannot be "unplugged" to resolve the problem. A power loss would be interpreted as a decapitation strike and would launch immediately. Many real world nuclear powers do have safety measures in place that will launch if there is no positive signal from Command.
13th May '17 3:36:42 AM Arivne
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* ShoutOut: Just before hacking into the Protovision computer, David Lightman says "Protovision, I have you now". This is a reference to Darth Vader's TemptingFate line "I have you now" in ''Film/ANewHope'' that he spoke as he prepared to shoot Luke's X-wing fighter during the battle over the Death Star.
1st Apr '17 11:59:18 AM Premonition45
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-->-- '''WOPR'''

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-->-- '''WOPR'''
'''JOSHUA'''
21st Mar '17 11:59:07 AM marcoasalazarm
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** Actually averted. It's less that WOPR is bad and LuddWasRight, which is the Aesop behind that trope, and more that someone cocked up programming this specific AI and someone was unlucky enough to trigger the bug by accident. If the AI were as intelligent as most examples, WOPR would have understood the difference between games and reality, and the plot of the movie would not have happened. It also wouldn't have happened had anyone listened to Beringer's opinion to keep humans in the loop, and just use the AI as a tool to analyze many potential scenarios.

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** Actually averted. It's less that WOPR is bad and LuddWasRight, which is the Aesop behind that trope, and more that someone cocked up programming this specific AI and someone was unlucky enough to trigger the bug by accident.accident ("garbage in, garbage out"). If the AI were as intelligent as most examples, WOPR would have understood the difference between games and reality, and the plot of the movie would not have happened. It also wouldn't have happened had anyone listened to Beringer's opinion to keep humans in the loop, and just use the AI as a tool to analyze many potential scenarios.
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