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The 30th Anniversary of Tron.

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

The First Tron Uprising Episode.

For your viewing pleasure, the first full episode of Tron Uprising:

If anything, all this does is make me miss the Disney Afternoon. The first episode is full of action and lots of nods to both movies.

I can’t wait to see this series in its entirety.

Tron: Uprising Trailer.

While the preview may be from last year, it would be criminal of me not to post it here:

Well, I know what I’ll be watching when it debuts….

Tron Legacy Pinball.

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.

Now to just scrounge up an extra $5,699.00….

Hallmark’s 2011 Gaming Ornament.

I have to admit, I’m a little disappointed in Hallmark. After 2008’s clever Pac-Man arcade ornament and 2009’s Galaga ornament, I hoped the series would continue.

But in 2010, the closest we got to a video gaming ornament was a Light Cycle from Tron Legacy. Not that I’m complaining, as the film and gaming are most definitely linked.

This year, it’s another Tron ornament, and despite my hope for a classic Light Cycle, or Tron, or the MCP or a Recognizer, we get Clu’s Light Cycle.

Don’t get me wrong: More Tron is always good, but I was hoping for a little more variety.

But if you really want to stretch for another gaming ornament this year, there is this nice Lego Star Wars one:

After all, the Lego games are most definitely a gaming franchise in itself.

But I’m starting to think I may never get that Zelda or Mario ornament now….

The Hype For Tron 3 Builds.

I just found this short film today, and it’s big. It’s like crazy exciting big.

For those that are familiar with me, my Tron enthusiasm has been out of control lately. This did absolutely nothing to settle it.

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