In Disney’s 1982 classic film Tron, programs and humans did battle against one another inside a computer through multiple gaming competitions and events. Under the watchful eye of the Master Control Program, our heroes Flynn and Tron fought head-to-head against the evil Sark and his digital minions, both on and off the grid. If ever a movie were destined to spawn a classic arcade game, it was Tron. Within a year of the film’s release, Midway had released not one, but two unique Tron
arcade machines, giving every kid with a quarter his own a shot against the Master Control Program.

The first, also named Tron, was released by Bally Midway in 1982 (the same year as the film). Tron (the game) consisted of four mini-games, all based (some more loosely than others)
on scenes from the movie. Once each of the four mini-games (Light Cycles, Battle Tanks, MCP Cone, and I/O Tower) is conquered, the difficulty level rises and players have to work
their way through the four levels again. Although the concept of linking together several mini-games was not a new one (Gorf did it the previous year), the movie tie-in worked and Tron became an instant classic. In fact, according to IMDB, the game was so popular that it actually grossed more than the film!

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