History Film / WarGames

22nd Sep '16 1:56:55 AM DeepRed
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* SmallRoleBigImpact: The missile crewmen played by John Spencer and Michael Madsen. Their disagreement during the opening simulation is used to help justify the implementation of the WOPR system.

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* SmallRoleBigImpact: The missile crewmen played by John Spencer and Michael Madsen.Creator/MichaelMadsen. Their disagreement during the opening simulation is used to help justify the implementation of the WOPR system.
22nd Sep '16 1:53:56 AM DeepRed
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* ElaborateUndergroundBase: Where NORAD and WOPR are kept. So elaborate, in fact, that according to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4lmecSPDiU&t=18m53s Peter Schwartz]] the military replicated the film design because the real life version was so [[RealityIsUnrealistic unimpressive and small in comparison]].

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* ElaborateUndergroundBase: Where NORAD and WOPR are kept. So elaborate, in fact, that according to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4lmecSPDiU&t=18m53s Peter Schwartz]] the military replicated the film design because the real life version was so [[RealityIsUnrealistic unimpressive and small in comparison]]. Interestingly, it all came about after the makers of the film were denied permission to visit the real-life NORAD, so they had to build a fancy set based on what they thought it would look like.



* 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''). The makers of the film were denied permission to visit the real-life NORAD, so they had to build a set based on what they thought it would look like.

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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''). The makers of the film were denied permission to visit the real-life NORAD, so they had to build a set based on what they thought it would look like.
22nd Sep '16 1:51:57 AM DeepRed
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* MutuallyAssuredDestruction: Deconstructed in the end sequence, where Joshua visually plays out every possible nuclear warfare scenario on NORAD's displays.

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* MutuallyAssuredDestruction: Deconstructed in the end sequence, where Joshua visually plays out simulates every possible nuclear warfare scenario on NORAD's displays.
22nd Sep '16 1:50:57 AM DeepRed
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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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* 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''). The makers of the film were denied permission to visit the real-life NORAD, so they had to build a set based on what they thought it would look like.
22nd Sep '16 1:37:01 AM DeepRed
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* MutuallyAssuredDestruction: Deconstructed in the end sequence, where Joshua visually plays out every possible nuclear warfare scenario on NORAD's displays.
7th Sep '16 1:19:59 PM VicGeorge2011
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A direct-to-DVD 2008 sequel was made, called ''[=WarGames=]: The Dead Code'', where the US Government develop another AI supercomputer called RIPLEY, this time to combat terrorism. Apparently, [[AesopAmnesia they didn't learn their lesson the first time.]]

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A direct-to-DVD 2008 sequel was made, called ''[=WarGames=]: The Dead Code'', where the US Government develop develops another AI supercomputer called RIPLEY, this time to combat terrorism. Apparently, [[AesopAmnesia they didn't learn their lesson the first time.]]
7th Sep '16 12:02:42 PM VicGeorge2011
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* GetOut: David Lightman's teacher Mr. Ligget is reviewing the answers to the Biology test when Lightman makes a joke that creates ripples of laughter through the classroom.

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* GetOut: David Lightman's teacher Mr. Ligget is reviewing the answers to the Biology test when Lightman makes a joke that creates ripples of laughter through the classroom. Mr. Ligget was not amused.
18th Jul '16 2:48:36 AM Arivne
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* VideogameCrueltyPotential: R.I.P.L.E.Y.'s game involves a high application of this--the player bets money that he will be able to produce a certain massive amount of casualties within a certain period of time and the higher the bet, the smaller the time. Will's situation starts when eh enters the game to get enough money to spend on a school trip to Canada, and accumulates a record amount of casualties by using chemical warfare (which his mother, because she works at a chemical company, absent-mindedly helps him with). [[SarcasmMode Because, obviously,]] ''[[SarcasmMode everybody]]'' who has ever played the game on the highest difficulty/reward setting ''[[SarcasmMode must]]'' be a terrorist.

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* VideogameCrueltyPotential: R.I.P.L.E.Y.'s game involves a high application of this--the player bets money that he will be able to produce a certain massive amount of casualties within a certain period of time and the higher the bet, the smaller the time. Will's situation starts when eh he enters the game to get enough money to spend on a school trip to Canada, and accumulates a record amount of casualties by using chemical warfare (which his mother, because she works at a chemical company, absent-mindedly helps him with). [[SarcasmMode Because, obviously,]] ''[[SarcasmMode everybody]]'' who has ever played the game on the highest difficulty/reward setting ''[[SarcasmMode must]]'' be a terrorist.
18th Jul '16 2:30:25 AM Arivne
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* BrilliantButLazy: The psychological profile the army guys draw up of Lightman describe him as "intelligent but an underachiever", amongst other traits that would in their minds make him a good candidate for Soviet recruitment.

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* BrilliantButLazy: The psychological profile the army guys FBI agents draw up of Lightman describe him as "intelligent but an underachiever", amongst other traits that would in their minds make him a good candidate for Soviet recruitment.
23rd Jun '16 10:15:35 AM Mdumas43073
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David Lightman (Broderick) is a PlayfulHacker who nearly sets [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt World War III]] into motion by playing a game with a computer that doesn't know the difference between games and reality. Specifically, the game "Global Thermonuclear War". This launches no real missiles on the Russian side, but it plays hell with WOPR, the US military's computerized missile-detection and launch system.

TheGovernment does figure out that someone has hacked into their supercomputer before they release any missiles. They have no problem figuring out who the hacker in question is, and forcibly capture him for questioning. It takes a while for David to explain that he didn't want to cause a ''real'' thermonuclear war -- he was just trying to play some video games, and impress his girlfriend Jennifer (Sheedy) along the way. It didn't help that he booked himself and his girlfriend on a flight to Paris before he started this game (he was showing off that he could do it; booking tickets ''online'' was novel back in the '80s).

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David Lightman (Broderick) is a teenaged PlayfulHacker who nearly sets [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt World War III]] into motion by playing a game with a computer that doesn't know the difference between games and reality. Specifically, the game "Global Thermonuclear War". This launches no real missiles on the Russian side, but it plays hell with WOPR, the US military's computerized missile-detection and launch system.

TheGovernment does figure out that someone has hacked into their supercomputer before they release any missiles. They have no problem figuring out who the hacker in question is, and forcibly capture him for questioning. It takes a while for David to explain that he didn't want to cause a ''real'' thermonuclear war -- he was just trying to play some video games, and impress his girlfriend classmate Jennifer (Sheedy) along the way. It didn't help that he David booked himself and his girlfriend Jennifer on a flight to Paris before he started this game (he was showing off that he could do it; booking tickets ''online'' was novel back in the '80s).
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