Posted tagged ‘Tron’

Disney offers up a look at ElecTRONica

September 2, 2010

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In March of this year Disney revealed that they would be recreating Flynn’s Arcade in the Tomorrowland part of their parks and today they offered up some concept art of what the area will look like. It will actually feature more than just Flynn’s, as they will be transforming the Hollywood Pictures Backlot into ElecTRONica, a TRON themed area that’s about gaming, dancing, live entertainment and experiencing the world of Tron (the dance thing probably helps explain the parts of the trailers where we see some sort of club setting). Flynn’s will be a part of this but we will have to wait and see what kind of game selection they will have on-hand – it will likely be similar to the Flynn’s setup they had going at Comic-Con although if they could recreate Flynn’s exactly as it was seen in the original movie, then that would be a feat worth checking out all by itself. This will be taking place only at the Disney California Adventure Park, and only on weekends this fall, with exceptions taking place during the weeks of Thanksgiving and Christmas, as a lead-in to the release of the movie. If anyone doubted that Disney is serious about TRON as a franchise before, then there’s little room for such doubts now.

While I’ve not had any plans to visit Disneyland in California anytime soon, admittedly they are making it incredibly tempting to make such plans.

full details can be found at the Disney Parks blog.

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Ideas for TRON arcade games in modern times

July 15, 2010

I’ve not made it a secret that I am very excited for the upcoming Disney movie TRON Legacy. Even though the original was not a perfect film, it has always been a favorite of mine and it implanted in my head the idea of being an arcade operator one day. Back when the original movie came out, arcade popularity was still riding a high and movie trivia suggests that the arcade game TRON which was based upon the movie actually grossed more than the movie itself (I believe that is the case as I’ve heard that elsewhere although IMDB’s trivia isn’t perfect as also under TRON they claim that 3D game engines would have been invented in 1994 when in fact the arcade title I, Robot from 1983 had a 3D polygon engine). It’s not clear if the arcade game Discs of Tron is added into that or not. The popularity of arcades was also prevalent throughout the entire film, from Flynn’s arcade to stuff in the virtual world being based upon arcade concepts.

With TRON Legacy we have seen some nods to arcade culture although as times have changed we see less arcade influence at work here. They are working on console title  called TRON: Evolution which ties into the movie and there is the online Space Paranoids game which was launched as a browser game recently.  We did see a Space Paranoids arcade machine at Comic Con 2009 but that’s far from an official announcement. As a big arcade fan and a big TRON fan, I think it’s only proper to take a look at what some arcade games may look like or play if they were based upon TRON Legacy so I have taken it upon myself to dream up some concepts. This is just for fun,(so nothing here is sponsored or endorsed by Disney, Disney Interactive or anyone else involved in the films) although I obviously would love to see these ideas or something similar to them come to fruition one day. Ideas and artwork  found after the break

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Space Paranoids now playable

May 6, 2010

The arcade game that never was really an arcade game is finally playable, as “Encom” releases Space Paranoids Online. If you are unfamiliar with Space Paranoids then there is another reason to pull out the 1982 cult classic TRON. If you are familiar with it, then it’s been a long time coming to this point although admittedly the game works differently than what we saw in the movie. As a “purist” I would have loved to have seen a spruced up version of this available as a proper arcade machine one could purchase. Still, it’s a cool little game and I’m happy that they did this as part of the viral marketing campaign for TRON Legacy which comes out later this year. They did have this setup at Comic-Con last year, I would still love to find out who has those cabs, unless they were destroyed after the show.

Anyways, here is the link to Space Paranoids Online

Also in some TRON related news, I was sent a link to a Tron Tribute soundtrack featuring 8-bit style music you can download for free by 8-bit Weapons. There is that which is perfect for a game room along with another recent Tron tribute soundtrack done by Shiryu, which can also be downloaded for free.

Disney to build a Flynn's Arcade at Tomorrow Land; new pics of Flynn's Arcade in TRON Legacy

March 4, 2010

It seems that news on the new Tron: Legacy movie is rolling out every day this week as part of a build-up to the official trailer release tomorrow and while we are not a movie blog which focuses on covering that, there has been some arcade stuff spiced throughout this.

As you can see above, the trailer tomorrow will show the protagonist wandering through his father’s old arcade, Flynn’s. It’s too bad all the games are covered, I admit to pausing the DVD on TRON to figure out what games were sitting there but with those shrouds over the games, that will make it slightly more difficult. Just for fun, what can you tell from the pic above? I can see a Pac-Man on the right but I’m at a loss at the rest – at least until the trailer comes out.

But as part of all the news here is something quite interesting – in Disney’s Tron hype build-up they are announcing everything from a trilogy of films to a TV show to the recreation of Flynn’s Arcade at their Tomorrow Land facilities. They actually plan on revamping much of the Tomorrow Land areas with Tron-stuff which is cool but I would likely spend most of the time at Flynn’s. The plans to renovate Tomorrow Land won’t be happening until 2012 so we know when to plan our trips. 🙂

UPDATE: Here is another pic from Flynn’s that was released today (click to enlarge). Looks like there is a Nintendo cab on the right. It looks like the black light isn’t on in the Tron cab. I am such a nerd.

Looks like I’m not the only one guessing at what cabs they are.

[Via io9.com] [Discuss on the forums]

Disney to build a Flynn’s Arcade at Tomorrow Land; new pics of Flynn’s Arcade in TRON Legacy

March 4, 2010

It seems that news on the new Tron: Legacy movie is rolling out every day this week as part of a build-up to the official trailer release tomorrow and while we are not a movie blog which focuses on covering that, there has been some arcade stuff spiced throughout this.

As you can see above, the trailer tomorrow will show the protagonist wandering through his father’s old arcade, Flynn’s. It’s too bad all the games are covered, I admit to pausing the DVD on TRON to figure out what games were sitting there but with those shrouds over the games, that will make it slightly more difficult. Just for fun, what can you tell from the pic above? I can see a Pac-Man on the right but I’m at a loss at the rest – at least until the trailer comes out.

But as part of all the news here is something quite interesting – in Disney’s Tron hype build-up they are announcing everything from a trilogy of films to a TV show to the recreation of Flynn’s Arcade at their Tomorrow Land facilities. They actually plan on revamping much of the Tomorrow Land areas with Tron-stuff which is cool but I would likely spend most of the time at Flynn’s. The plans to renovate Tomorrow Land won’t be happening until 2012 so we know when to plan our trips. 🙂

UPDATE: Here is another pic from Flynn’s that was released today (click to enlarge). Looks like there is a Nintendo cab on the right. It looks like the black light isn’t on in the Tron cab. I am such a nerd.

Looks like I’m not the only one guessing at what cabs they are.

[Via io9.com] [Discuss on the forums]

Flynn's Arcade recreated at Comic-Con with a real Space Paranoids cabinet!

July 25, 2009

sparanoids

As part of the hype machine that Disney is creating for the new TRON: Legacy film, they reconstructed Flynn’s Arcade, with tons of retro coin-op machines and to my own personal excitement, a working Space Paranoids arcade machine. I have found two videos of the arcade and some footage of SP which you can watch below. Sadly, the arcade was only a temporary thing but it’s very cool that Disney did this to promote the movie. I have read however that they showed some movie footage at Comic-Con where Flynn’s Arcade actually plays a role in the film, so it is likely we will see more arcade related viral marketing.

As a note to arcade makers out there, if there are no plans for someone to actually release Space Paranoids to the public, then I really hope that someone does. I am quite sure that I am not the only arcade operator out there who would love to have a real Space Paranoids machine and with the existing Tron fanbase I imagine that there are a lot of Tron fans out there (many of which are arcade fans) who would go out of their way to find a Space Paranoids machine. I certainly would.

BTW- I do know of a PC Space Paranoids game that was made by Rogue Synapse – we posted about it a long time ago. From everything I have seen on this, this version at Flynn’s and the aforementioned PC game are different. From reports it sounds like the movement controls on the arcade version need some fine-tuning but I guess it won’t matter if the game is never released.

Space Paranoids

Now I wish I would have gone to Comic-Con

[Discuss on the Forums]

Flynn’s Arcade recreated at Comic-Con with a real Space Paranoids cabinet!

July 25, 2009

sparanoids

As part of the hype machine that Disney is creating for the new TRON: Legacy film, they reconstructed Flynn’s Arcade, with tons of retro coin-op machines and to my own personal excitement, a working Space Paranoids arcade machine. I have found two videos of the arcade and some footage of SP which you can watch below. Sadly, the arcade was only a temporary thing but it’s very cool that Disney did this to promote the movie. I have read however that they showed some movie footage at Comic-Con where Flynn’s Arcade actually plays a role in the film, so it is likely we will see more arcade related viral marketing.

As a note to arcade makers out there, if there are no plans for someone to actually release Space Paranoids to the public, then I really hope that someone does. I am quite sure that I am not the only arcade operator out there who would love to have a real Space Paranoids machine and with the existing Tron fanbase I imagine that there are a lot of Tron fans out there (many of which are arcade fans) who would go out of their way to find a Space Paranoids machine. I certainly would.

BTW- I do know of a PC Space Paranoids game that was made by Rogue Synapse – we posted about it a long time ago. From everything I have seen on this, this version at Flynn’s and the aforementioned PC game are different. From reports it sounds like the movement controls on the arcade version need some fine-tuning but I guess it won’t matter if the game is never released.

Space Paranoids

Now I wish I would have gone to Comic-Con

[Discuss on the Forums]