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Tron Legacy Exposed 320

KingofGnG writes "Disney has chosen the San Diego Comic-Con International to present its new sci-fi project: the sequel to Tron. The classic movie from 1982 dealt with video games, virtual reality and 3D graphics when none of those things were widely popular. The new movie has got an official title and synopsis now, and they've released the very first trailer from the movie (this time without silly censorship) together with some concept art and the teaser poster." No matter how silly the movie is, they'll at least get my money for sheer nostalgia.
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  • Re:FPS from 1980 (Score:5, Interesting)

    by localman57 ( 1340533 ) on Monday July 27, 2009 @02:00PM (#28840711)
    The Atari 2600 had a 3d game called "Tunnel Runner". Think Wolfenstein with no nazis, guns, dogs, furnature or artwork... There was a ghost-thingie, though http://www.atariage.com/screenshot_page.html?SoftwareLabelID=2339 [atariage.com]
  • by American Expat ( 1393429 ) on Monday July 27, 2009 @02:01PM (#28840753)
    There were some pretty good 3D games in 1982, but they were vector-based. Battlezone (a tank game), Red Baron (a dogfight game), and Tempest (too bizarre to describe) were all out in 1980/81, the wonderful Star Wars arcade game came out in 1982 IIRC. There were others as well, but these were the "biggies".
  • by StaticEngine ( 135635 ) on Monday July 27, 2009 @02:05PM (#28840829) Homepage

    I really enjoyed the PC game Tron 2.0, put out by Monolith a few years back. It's actually quite clever (some good jokes, and of course the Musak version of the Tron theme plays in "the real world"), and the graphical style makes it almost timeless: it doesn't require high poly count video cards, it's all about that Tron look. The negatives, of course, were that most of the weapons past the disc were superfluous, and the multiplayer lightcycle races grew tiresome after a few rounds. It also had Bruce Boxleitner and Cindy Morgan providing voice talent.

    I'm excited about a new film, but I'm also torn about what this might do to the story. Still, it's nice to see an interesting IP still has some life in it.

  • by UncleTogie ( 1004853 ) on Monday July 27, 2009 @02:20PM (#28841105) Homepage Journal

    Well said. After all, are there any current games that have caused a Yen shortage? [wikipedia.org]

  • by fprintf ( 82740 ) on Monday July 27, 2009 @02:37PM (#28841403) Journal

    But, but, but... we are Generation X, long forgotten in between the baby boomers and their annoying offspring, the GenY'ers. Now that the old fogeys are retiring it is our turn in charge, and we are going to create nostalgia for our youth era gone by. No longer do we have to relive the 1960s and 1970s... nooooo, that is only for the baby boomers. Now instead we get to relive bad hair, metal, band-aid, the dawn of personal computing and video games. We get to recreate Atari 2600 games and make them into movies. We get to mandate any new pop stars create hits "remaking" the hits of our generation... hopefully we'll do better than Phil Collins did with that Supremes remake. This way we'll get to like the current popular music. And g'damn it you are going to sit through it and like it. Maybe in time you too will get sick of it and create your own grunge movement. Rap doesn't count.

    To all those GenY'ers who might complain, I say you guys have nothing to bitch about for quite some time. We GenX'ers after all have sat through countless replays of Beatles and Mama's and Papa's songs on the radio, umpteen recollections of what a tragedy it was when losing John Lennon, television show after show on JFK Jr., and that god-awful mess that "the Cuba crisis" was about. About the time you have listened to Nirvana's Teen Spirit for the 10,000th time, and have your own stars go tits up (and I mean beyond that dude who played the Joker in Batman) like Kurt Cobain, well then you can complain.

    Now get off my lawn.

  • by kannibal_klown ( 531544 ) on Monday July 27, 2009 @02:51PM (#28841635)

    'll get downed for the fanboys, but whatever:

    I couldn't possibly care less about a Tron sequel. The original was enjoyable when you were a kid, but watching it as an adult, you just realize what boring and uninteresting crap it is. It isn't even watchable in stretches longer than about fifteen minutes.

    I feel that away about a lof of things I used to watch. The old Transformers cartoon, Knight Rider, even some films.. Back when I was a kid these shows were awesome and now I have to stop after just a few minutes. And while I love the Star Wars universe and it's characters, I've seen the original trilogy so many times I cannot sit through any of them anymore (but that's probably from seeing it too many times).

    However a couple of months ago I caught an airing of Tron and still enjoyed it. Granted in my life I've probably only seen it 2 or 3 times, but I still enjoyed it.

    War Games as well, though I'm starting to reach the point where (like StarWars) I've seen it too many times to enjoy it.

    Sure, we remember some of these shows either through rose-colored glasses or through memories of a child that didn't take as much to entertain. But some childhood favorites are still valid.

  • Re:FPS from 1980 (Score:4, Interesting)

    by knarfling ( 735361 ) on Monday July 27, 2009 @03:23PM (#28842101) Journal
    I remember a 3D maze game in the early 80's for the TRS-80. It was a frustrating game that I never won because my torch always ran out. There was an extra torch in a one room, but as soon as you entered the wall closed in behind you and you couldn't get out. I never did solve it, and I haven't been able to find it or even the name of it since so that I can go back to it. But it was my first introduction to the 3D maze/adventure games, and I loved it. It took Dungeon Master for the Atari ST before I found another 3D Maze/Adventure game that I liked.
  • by ral ( 93840 ) on Monday July 27, 2009 @04:05PM (#28842767)
    Here's a bit of odd trivia. The original Tron movie was created (in part) on a clone of the Digital PDP-10 computer. The PDP-10 includes an instruction called TRON (Test Right-halfword Ones and skip if Not masked). The opcode in octal (which is the convention on the PDP-10) is 666.

    I doubt Disney will actively publicize this.

    (I still fondly remember working for years with this odd but elegant 36-bit machine.)
  • by ChrisCampbell47 ( 181542 ) on Monday July 27, 2009 @04:33PM (#28843183)

    Right ON brother!

    Seeing the crap from the 80's that has been regurgitated as awesome, with little mention of what really WAS great back then (Gang Of Four, Minutemen, Cramps. etc.) makes me wonder what was really going on in the 60's, under the Joplin/Doors/Beatles shite that was regurgitated to us in the 80's and 90's.

"This is lemma 1.1. We start a new chapter so the numbers all go back to one." -- Prof. Seager, C&O 351