History Film / WarGames

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).
23rd Jun '16 10:14:49 AM Mdumas43073
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A 1983 sci-fi thriller directed by John Badham, starring Creator/MatthewBroderick, Dabney Coleman, John Wood, Ally Sheedy, and Barry Corbin.

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A 1983 ColdWar sci-fi thriller directed by John Badham, starring Creator/MatthewBroderick, Dabney Coleman, John Wood, Ally Sheedy, and Barry Corbin.
23rd Jun '16 10:14:27 AM Mdumas43073
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[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/wargames_7955.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:350:[-WOPR's graphics in the film aren't quite that good...-] ]]

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[[quoteright:350:http://static.[[quoteright:300:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/wargames_7955.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:350:[-WOPR's [[caption-width-right:300:[-WOPR's graphics in the film aren't quite that good...-] ]]



1983, David Lightman 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 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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1983, A 1983 sci-fi thriller directed by John Badham, starring Creator/MatthewBroderick, Dabney Coleman, John Wood, Ally Sheedy, and Barry Corbin.

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." 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).
15th May '16 1:38:36 AM Arivne
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* AIIsACrapshoot: 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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* AIIsACrapshoot: AIIsACrapshoot
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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.
15th May '16 1:37:29 AM Arivne
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* AirVentPassageway: While escaping from NORAD, David gets into the ventilation system. He uses it to reach the War Room, where he infiltrates a tour group.
15th May '16 1:18:12 AM Arivne
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* PhoneTraceRace: After David accidentally hacks into NORAD and takes over its main computer system, he hangs up before they can trace the connection and determine his location.

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* PhoneTraceRace: After David accidentally hacks into NORAD and takes over its main computer system, he hangs up before they can trace the connection and determine his location. When the {{AI}} computer calls David back the FBI manages to trace the calls and find him.
15th May '16 1:16:41 AM Arivne
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* PhoneTraceRace: After David accidentally hacks into NORAD and takes over its main computer system, he hangs up before they can trace the connection and determine his location.
6th May '16 8:49:07 PM Dingbot
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--> '''Mr. Ligget''': GetOut, Lightman. GetOut.

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--> '''Mr. Ligget''': GetOut, Get out, Lightman. GetOut.Get out.
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