* ContestedSequel: There was a direct-to-TV sequel of this film, released in the 2000s, in which WOPR/Joshua, an elder Dr. Falken, and various friendly hackers have to fight a modern game server with military applications (apparently in that order, seeing how many people game on her) named RIPLEY. This one has considerably more real-life damage -- there is no ''real'' thermonuclear war, but there are some devastating non-nuclear attacks on American infrastructure.
* HarsherInHindsight: On September 26, 1983, just three months following its release, a Soviet early warning station detected 5 inbound ICBMs. Colonel Stanislav Petrov, the man in charge of the station, decided it was a false alarm and did not report it to his superiors. He surmised that no one would launch just five ICBM's as a first strike... they'd launch EVERYTHING.
* MemeticMutation: "Shall we play a game?"
** MemeticMutation + ItWasHisSled: "The only winning move is not to play."
** If the video game sequel is to be believed, David might consider "Joshua" a personal meme for him in-universe; he's the CEO of "Joshua" Information Systems.
* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: The tropes around hacking can look retroactively tired.
* {{Sequelitis}}: Most people have no idea that a sequel was made. This is a [[FanonDiscontinuity very good thing]]. Filmed a full two decades after the original, ''The Dead Code'' features only one returning character, played by a different actor (two if you consider WORP/Joshua), and has little to do with the original film outside of a handful of connections. It also features some of the worst writing and acting ever committed to celluloid.
* SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped:
** [[spoiler:"A strange game. The only winning move is not to play. How about a nice game of chess?"]]
** It's a rare movie that does it without demonizing anyone on either side or reducing them to [[StrawCharacter cliche' stereotypes]].
* ValuesDissonance: How many modern viewers {{facepalm}} when they see the list of passwords on a sheet of paper right next to the computer? In fact, if you're reading this website, that's likely exactly what you've been told ''not'' to do ever since you were big enough to hit a spacebar. (Anyone in tech support, or who enjoy Website/NotAlwaysRight and similar "customer service hell" anecdotes, knows that this still happens today.)
** Ironically, depending on the level of control you have over your workspace, this is becoming less of an issue; very frequently today, if someone has physical access to the system, you're doomed anyway as far as security goes. Though on the other hand, it does make it easier to cause mischief quickly.
** For that matter, using your kid's name as a password is just as bad. Anyone who got caught doing something so obvious at the real [=NORAD=] would most likely be fired outright, if not prosecuted for endangering national security.
* ValuesResonance: whilst pretty much averted with the nuclear issues (not as obviously relevant as in the Cold War, and to be fair the dangers of all-out nuclear war are so well-worn the [[AnAesop relevant aesop]] is pretty much into CaptainObviousAesop territory), the dangers presented by computer security threats are even more pertinent to the present than they were in TheEighties now that EverythingIsOnline, and talk of cyber-warfare abounds. It is obvious from the ValuesDissonance example above that many of the basic security mistakes mentioned above are sadly still with us today, too. Whether the idea of the maverick hacker ultimately showing up the military's flaws is relevant in these days of certain high-profile whistleblowers has any resonance however, is uncertain.

!! Tropes found in ''War Games: The Dead Code'' include:

* {{Anvilicious}}: Dr. Falken gives a little speech about how he designed the WOPR to work in tandem with RIPLEY rather than against her. The last word of his speech is "Bipartisanship". This in a movie that came out the same year BarackObama was elected President.

!! Tropes found in the videogame adaptations include:

* AwesomeMusic: ''WarGames: Defcon One'''s entire soundtrack, courtesy of Tommy Tallarico.
* NoProblemWithLicensedGames

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