Posted on February 16, 2008,

Editorial: Should They Just Leave Tron In The Past?

I consider myself a child of the 80s and typically love anything retro that brings me back to that time. Unfortunately, some of the video games I loved as a kid simply don’t cut it anymore. I’ll still play games like River Raid, the original Super Mario Brothers and Galaga until the day I die. For some reason, those games never lost any value with me. Some other games that I absolutely loved as a kid have lost total value.

In 1982, a unique film called Tron starring Jeff Bridges hit the scene. I was five years old at the time and completely memorized by the amazing story. It was also the first time that a major film used extensive computer graphics. To this day, the unique visual style used in Tron remains unique. Tron the arcade game was released in 1982 around the same time as the film and was a favorite game of mine at the time.

Tron and Discs of Tron were recently released on the Xbox Live Arcade and I had to download them to relive some nostalgia. Unfortunately, these games did not last the test of time in my opinion. They weren’t bad games when they were released, but sometimes good games are only good during their time. While I love nostalgia, sometimes things like Tron are best left in the past. The only possible way to get me excited about Tron games again is if they created a next-generation title that put you into the Tron universe the way it happened in the movie.

In the end, I am still a big fan of the Xbox Live Arcade. I love the fact that many old games are being preserved. It gives new generations a chance to play the old games and it gives the old timers like myself a chance to relive the past. Unfortunately, they haven’t always picked games that are still great.

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4 Comments on Editorial: Should They Just Leave Tron In The Past?


On February 16, 2008 at 12:22 pm



On February 16, 2008 at 2:17 pm

Hey now, you forgot to mention one of the best actors of all time who also starred in Tron and whom you have pictured above: The wonderful Bruce Boxleitner.

:lol: :lol: :lol:


On February 16, 2008 at 10:14 pm

I grew up on the Commodore 64 and my first console was an Intellivision. I can vividly remember playing my first RPG game “The Bards Tale” on the 64. My parents would get so mad because I wouldn’t put it down. The game allowed you to build a party, adventure, and lots of other cool stuff. I also use to love “Spy Hunter” and would play that game for hours just driving around oil slickin’, smoke screenin’, and shootin’ up the bad guys!

Cool post! It brought back some childhood memories. :mrgreen:

The Twin

On February 17, 2008 at 10:16 am

I personally love Tron, and especially the GBA game. However, the XBLA releases are quite disappointing.