That scene from War Games -

That scene from War Games

Greg Granito
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This is the “lesson” scene from the movie War Games. Where we learn that the only way to win in Nuclear War is not to play.


  1. You can’t win in a nuclear war, because in the end I’ll always win.

  2. Ronald Reagan:
    Could something like this really happen? Could someone break into our most sensitive computers
    A Technican:
    Mr. President, the problem is much worse than you think

  3. I didn't realize it at the time but the choice of chess as an alternative game to play was probably a deliberate choice by the writers.
    Bobby Fisher and American v Russian chess competitions had become a fixture in the public consciousness around this time. That message seems to say "how about instead of military competition, we have friendly intellectual competition?"

  4. They could have spended they time shutting down the generators of this computer or phoning the missile silos, but ok.

  5. "How about a nice game of chess?"
    "OMG. Chess is for nerds."

  6. Fun movie but completely unrealistic seeing as every single nuke has multiple people who have to manually start the launch and each of those groups can be overridden by any one of their connected neighbor groups.

    You'd literally have to have a couple dozen rouge launch controllers who are all coincidently stationed in the same cluster of control groups to have a chance at performing a rouge launch.

    In short the system is designed to make unintended nuclear war a mathematical impossibility, if the nukes go off then someone in power meant for it to happen.

  7. After David says "It's learning!", the look on Falken's face is "That's ma Boi!"

  8. The first half reminds me of playing tictaktoe against google

  9. How have change everything since those days.

  10. War is a game of Chess, with pieces and sacrifices being moved and lost, all according to a bigger picture. Nuclear war is like tic tac toe. Nobody wins

  11. "A Strange Game. The Only Winning Move is not to Play" one of the best lines ever (my top 10 to top 5 easily)… what a shame human can't learn that lesson as quickly.

  12. Hey, that's like actual modern-day machine learning…

  13. 2:50 For a few frames, you can see "CHAD ALERT" on the screen.

  14. US: Okay then, we'll invent counter ICBM technology despite agreeing with the Soviets not to.

    China: Okay then, since you can now shoot down literal got dang nukes, we'll borrow some of your scientists and invent nukes that skip along the atmosphere.

    The game goes on.

  15. Glad to see this is blowing up 14 years later.

  16. Internet Stranger, Stranger of the internet says:

    0:28 teachers after sending their student home with 30 pages of calculus homework

  17. In reality, a learning AI wouldn't decide to just let all nuclear arsenal to launch. It'll wait for the enemy to launch their nuclear arsenal and intercept them by launching our own by detonating our nukes mid orbit near the enemy missile trajectory. Once all nuclear threat is obliterated, then it'll launch it's own full payload to ensure a higher success rate.

  18. I think Joshua has been spending too much time contemplaiting this, for many of those scenarios were rather esoteric and unlikely.

  19. This is how Dr. Strange see one in a million chance of winning.

  20. I'm guessing this movie didn't go over well with epileptics.

  21. Sorry but I have to be this guy. This makes no sense from every angle.

  22. All those scenario names would make great Jaegar names, too.

  23. Are those "strategy" entries legit ? How did they make the graphics ?

    I could believe this wasn't made up …

  24. Man, they really forced a computer to become sentient by using tic tac toe

  25. Alternative conclusion: we need to design a better nuke. One they won't see coming until it has already dealt a crippling blow. Maybe some kind of stealth strategic bomber. We could maybe call it a B2.

  26. This gave us multiple decades worth of "its learning " memes

  27. There is no winner in nuclear war.
    Even if you don't play, you lose.

  28. I think Switzerland can win in that game, they got bunkers almost all of their houses. (although resources wise idk about that)

  29. Okay I am intrigued by some of the code used here. The fuck is a Uganda maximum, Argentina escalation, Kenya option and Tibet subversion?

  30. It tried every possible strategy, every possible situation, caused by every possible source, brought on by every aggressor, for every reason, for every intention, for every plan.

    Every one of them failed. It didn't matter if the strike was preemptive or in retaliation. Who struck first, who fired last, who got ahead, who had the most. None of it.

    Participation results in failure.

  31. Those aren't strategies those are just sex positions. I do the English Thrust all the time. And who can forget everybody's favorite…the Sudan Surprise.

  32. war games has got to be my favorite unintentional comedy lol

  33. This movie is a masterpiece. The climax in the war room is a magistral lesson in building cinematic tension and heightened stakes.

  34. Any epileptic intern in that room: X . X

  35. Man, this movie actually kinda terrified my first time watching it

  36. Assured nuclear annihilation makes so no countries would ever use a nuclear strike against the other not even on ww3 because if they do… Thats it humanity is done the few survivors are gonna be eating nuclear rats while avoiding nuclear fallout for the rest of their short lives

  37. It learnt from the tic-tac-toe that there will always be an equivalent response from every move, and that no matter the starting move, neither player will win

  38. This scene is awesome and makes me want to watch the movie but I feel like this scene is better than the entirety of the movie

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