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Police Called on Game Developer for Nuclear War Maps

I don't want to know how many of you are too young to remember a cult classic of the 80s called WarGames, which featured a game called Global Thermal Nuclear War. A game developer in the UK has apparently been inspired by this Matthew Broderick movie, and he wasn't entirely careful with his game planning notes.

He left out diagrams and maps of nuclear war attacks in his apartment, and his letting agency (similar to a realtor in the US) called the police regarding it.

The agency informed the developer, Henry Smith, of their concerns, and he naturally panicked.

At first I was ridiculously frightened by the whole thing. When they said they'd told the police I absolutely bricked it. I ran home to check if the police had raided the house or something. It was definitely very frightening to think that the police had a report in their system alleging that I was up to something suspicious involving nuclear warheads. Knowing how the police here deal with suspected terrorists, I was worried they'd do a dawn raid or worse. It was genuinely scary for a while.

Fortunately for Smith, the police, as of yet, have not acted upon the agency's concerns. Smith may want to keep his notes somewhere else, or perhaps mark them as game ideas and make them seem more gamey instead of war plans.

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listener Aug 27 2014, 03:30 pm EDT
what a bunch of snooping bastards. I would have gone to the office, kicked in the door and demanded that the person that rummaged through my sheet to be fired. then I would drop their company for good measure.
Snowy007 Aug 27 2014, 04:34 pm EDT
If i where to plan a nuclear war, I would mark the notes as game ideas and make them seem more gamey. That way nobody will suspect a thing. :)
Mwhahahahaha
ZeroWolf Aug 28 2014, 12:02 am EDT
Not only they were stupid and irresponsible to snoop through his private stuff, to add to that stupidity is that they believed it was the real deal. Maybe the police didn't act on it, cause someone there is smart enough to think otherwise.
barasawa Aug 28 2014, 10:06 pm EDT
That drawing shows the use of an ICBM. Something that VERY FEW countries even have. It's expensive as hell, takes a non-mobile installation to fire, and needs skilled maintenance. Forget the terrorists, most countries that have tried making those have failed.
Then there's the whole idea of somebody using a nuke.
That realtor needs to stop thinking action flicks are documentaries, and stay the fuck out of other peoples papers, as he's obviously to stupid and ignorant to rationally evaluate anything.
Annon Aug 29 2014, 06:13 am EDT
That is one large blast radius
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