The movie's set 20 Minutes into the Future (of 1983).
- The Ordinary High-School Student has an in-home internet connection at a time when many universities didn't.
- He did not have a internet connection, just a phone line with dial up, and he had to dial each system that he wanted to get into.
- He buys an airline ticket online almost 10 years before commercial use of the internet was enabled (and never gave credit card info, real or stolen).
- Of course, by that time...
- He'd hacked into the airline company's reservation computer, the same one that ticket agents access through terminals. It wasn't intended for consumer use. (This is also why he didn't have to give payment info; he was stealing the ticket.)
- He did not have a ticket just a reservation and likely there was some dial in system (maybe not for home use but for ticket agent offices) for making reservations back then.
- According to Todd Fischer of Fischer-Freitas (which supplied Dave's IMSAI computer), "This early version of the script (sent by the Product Placement facilitator) had the story line placed in the future and seemed to depend more on fantasy and conjecture rather than technical reality."
FBI agent Nigan (played by James Tolkan) is actually a Soviet spy, specifically Vladimir Putin.Because he looks remarkably like him and Putin was a KGB agent during the time frame of the film.
- Problem with that, Putin's KGB career in the 80s has been described as a desk jockey collecting mostly trivial and useless info on foreign diplomats.
WarGames, Short Circuit and Blue Thunder all take place in the same universe/timeline.
- Before this Troper begins, there is no indication of a direct timeline for the films, as none of them mention dates to indicate when is when, thus leading the possibility that all three films could exist within the same universe. Basically, WarGames is the starting point for everything, showing that the military was willing to use A.I. for making combat decisions. But following the events of the film, they realize that they need to keep the decision making process with humans. However, they start looking into the SAINT program from Nova Robotics, since A.I. and robots are still be better to possibly replace human soldiers in the field or at least help with dealing with the U.S.S.R. (one general at the Nova Robotics reception after the SAINT demonstration states the idea of dropping in behind enemy lines a SAINT unit with a nuclear bomb to serve as a "Got-Ya-Last" countermeasure). However, after the Number 5 incident, Nova Robotics' SAINT program is cancelled, leaving the military to develop The Special (aka Blue Thunder) originally to be used in a possible World War III scenario, but when the likelihood dawns on them there may never be a war, the government decides to use it as a part of Project THOR, as a means of policing cities from the sky.