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Mon 22 Dec 2003

"Greetings program!"

Category : movies

I stumbled on GLTron when looking through Version Tracker's weekly software updates. It's an addictive game which has you in a light cycle on the game grid battling for your life, with all the sounds of the movie. An excellent tribute.

Helps if you watched the movie! Incredibly, TRON was made some 20 years ago and was well ahead of its time. I bought the 20th anniversary DVD and in the director's commentary discovered that TRON was named after "electron" and not "Trace On" as I had thought all along. Like many others during that time, I used to type TRON to help fault find program code and the analogy held water.

I watched it in the age of 6502 and BASIC programming on 0.99MHz Apple ][s, so I found the analogies fascinating. 20 years later, it is still entertaining. Pretty good work! A friend, watching it with me and expecting to be bored said it was not bad.

I hear Tron 2.0 is in the making.

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