WarGames Movie Summary
When the U.S.A.F. issues a number of surprise drills to test its controllers on their ability to launch nuclear strikes, they learn a certain percentage will never turn the key to attack. This enables NORAD’s John McKittrick to convince the government to automate the process, and take the human element out of killing. The government agrees this is a good idea, and grants NORAD’s supercomputer, WOPR, full nuclear control.
Meanwhile, out in Seattle, high school student, David Lightman, is a bludgeoning hacker able to illegally change his and his little friend, Jennifer Mack’s, grades on his school’s mainframe. At dinner one night, David looks through a magazine, and sees an ad for Protovision’s upcoming games. Wanting to play them now, David sets out to hack his way into the company’s server.
The company is located in Sunnyvale, California, and David programs his computer to dial random numbers in the city to find Protovision’s system. He lands upon one that doesn’t identify itself, but he can’t log in to its server. Thinking that he found Protovision, David has it list its games, which it does. Most titles are of the boring variety, but one in particular, Global Thermonuclear War, catches his interest. Unable to guess the password to the server, David goes to two other hacker friends for advice. They tell him to look for a backdoor password using the game, Falken’s Maze, as his first clue.read full summary
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