Quote from the movie “War Games”

Stephen Falken: The whole point was to find a way to practice nuclear war without destroying ourselves. To get the computers to learn from mistakes we couldn’t afford to make. Except, I never could get Joshua to learn the most important lesson.

David Lightman: What’s that?

Stephen Falken: Futility. That there’s a time when you should just give up.

Jennifer: What kind of a lesson is that?

Stephen Falken: Did you ever play tic-tac-toe?

Jennifer: Yeah, of course.

Stephen Falken: But you don’t anymore.

Jennifer: No.

Stephen Falken: Why?

Jennifer: Because it’s a boring game. It’s always a tie.

Stephen Falken: Exactly. There’s no way to win. The game itself is pointless! But back at the war room, they believe you can win a nuclear war. That there can be “acceptable losses.”

 

~From the movie “War Games”

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~ by cjt on October 13, 2013.

3 Responses to “Quote from the movie “War Games””

  1. I remember that film, watched it many years ago. However, the story was trying to put over a meaning in a round about way, for war has no outright winner, for both sides lose one way or another! Much like your quote…

    • I think that’s why I like this quote. It may make us more mindful of the situations in our own lives and in the bigger world where there may be no winners, and the best policy is to prevent the situation in the first place.

  2. You know what’s dumb about this movie? It is completely possible to win tic-tac-toe as long as you don’t put X in the middle

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