WarGames (1983) – Staring Dabney Coleman, Barry Corbin, Matthew Broderick and Ally Sheedy – is a story about a teen who finds a backdoor into a military computer which is simulating a global thermonuclear war. Although the computer “thinks” it is a game, it literal sends the US military into thinking we are on the brink of nuclear war with the USSR.
I remember the first time I watched this movie, thinking it would be really cool to have a computer that could do all that. A year later… I did! (Well, not exactly – I lacked the online capabilities.)
It may not be the best movie , as far as action. And the probability of this type of scenario was far-fetched even in 1983. However, it made me wonder if, someday, computers would control so much in our lives that they could start a global war.
Ah, the 80’s. A time when you had to take out a personal loan to buy a home PC, the threat of nuclear war with the USSR was very real and our favorite actors/actresses were so young.