A Visit To Flynn's Arcade, The Home of Tron

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As part of the Comic-Con hype-cycle for Disney's Tron Legacy, which takes us back to the video game world of Tron next year, the company built a replica of Flynn's Arcade in San Diego's Gaslamp District. It was awesome.

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Featuring a few dozen playable, perfectly preserved arcade games, a playable Space Paranoids—the fictional arcade game featured in the original Tron—and a totally sweet lightcycle from Tron Legacy, tucked away in a secret location.

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The neon light work in Flynn's was fantastic, featuring signs for a handful of featured games, like Tron and Space Paranoids.

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The line-up of games was so choice. I played Berzerk and Galaxian, but the list of games ran from Paperboy to Space Invaders to Off Road, a mix of (mostly) 80s era games.

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Here's the Space Paranoids cabinet, one of the most popular titles at Flynn's.

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Space Paranoids has the player control a tank with a joystick and trackball, fending off hovering Recognizers that have no problem stomping you into oblivion. It wasn't easy.

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Here's a close up shot of Space Paranoids in action.

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Neon!

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The Flynn's Arcade set up had re-purposed the Tron movie poster into a promo poster for the game. From Encom, the makers of Space Paranoids, comes Tron.

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This guy was attached to Tron the entire time. Probably for a very good reason...

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At one point, the lights started to flicker, the jukebox started to cut out, and a hidden door opened up behind the Tron cabinet. The music changed from Billy Squire and Journey type tunes to something a bit more Daft Punk-like.

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We were led into a dark hallway, featuring concept art for the lightcycles in Tron Legacy.

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Then we saw the real thing, rotating slowly on a turntable, protected by security guards.

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We took a lot of pictures of the thing. Too many probably.

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DISCUSSION

It saddens me that all this talk of Tron just reminds me of Kingdom Hearts 2.

I never saw Tron until after I played KH2, sad to say. The Blockbuster near my college didn't carry it on DVD, so I actually had to rent the VHS. That...did not look good on my TV. :[