The funny thing is, I was planning a Tron post as it was, and then realized that today was the 30th anniversary of the film. I figured I may as well blend my planned article with this bit of news.
I was six years old when I saw Tron in the movie theaters with my Dad. I was blown away by the vivid colors, the wild effects, the excellent score, and mostly, it was a film about digital warriors fighting inside of a computer. This whole life inside of an arcade game or an IBM. It made you reevaluate the idea of “Game Over” for the hundreds of Pac-Men and Space Invaders that fell by the wayside in the name of entertainment.
Looking back, Tron is a modern day Wizard of Oz set inside a tiny world of circuitry and microchips. E.T. beat it out for “Best Special Effects” because the use of CGI in a movie was considered cheating(!) – And it wasn’t that Tron had an easy time in remaining in the annals of movie or sci-fi history. Outside of a few toys from Tomy, two arcade games from Midway, and three Intellivision titles from Read the rest of this entry
These days, only Stern is the only company left making pinball games. It’s simultaneously a shame and a relief, but at least somebody is still doing it.
But I made it a point to go check out the new Tron Legacy pinball machine at the Pinball Hall of Fame.
They even had the courtesy to place it next to the original Tron arcade machine, so while waiting for one, I played the other.
My pictures don’t really do the cabinet art justice, but it’s a wonderland of neon lights and Daft Punk music. And really, what more do you need from the subject matter? It’s a fun experience, with lots of lighted ramps, voices and sound effects. It’s a pretty machine to watch in a darkened room.
Stern’s site gives much more detailed pictures, as well as a means to purchase the machine for a paltry $5,699.00. Considering that I’m hungering for my own pinball machine, this makes the hunger to own this one all the more real.