This ’80s Thriller Was Chilling Enough to Affect National Security Policy

Since its release on June 3, 1983, John Badham’s WarGames has cemented itself as a seminal pop culture relic.

Emblematic of a specific time and place regarding computer technology, gaming, and Cold War paranoia, the techno-thriller isn’t merely limited to decades of nostalgic appreciation by moviegoers.

In an uncommon but fascinating example of a film having a real-world effect on governmental operations, WarGames‘ legacy extends to its influence on national security policy relating to cyberspace.

Shortly after hitting theaters, it cultivated a reputation that transcended mere popcorn entertainment sensibilities, and as a result, influential people and agencies began serious discussions over the plausibility of the film’s doomsday scenario.

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