Tron: Legacy, the iOS game

“Thank you for playing. The servers supporting Light Cycle Multiplayer are no longer in service. This update removes the multiplayer option and optimizes the single player experience. We apologize for the inconvenience. The fight for the ultimate GRID Game champion continues. Good luck program.”

Oh the irony, thank you Disney for ditching all support for this game and turning it from multi player online into single player offline. And that for a game about a virtual world on a server that’s cut off from the web (until the very end of the film anyway).

Some nice synchronicity going on there.

The Art of Tron

Cool article by Josh Nimoy who worked on creating software for generating special effects in Tron: Legacy.

I take representing digital culture in film very seriously in lieu of having grown up in a world of very badly researched user interface greeble.

Nice read to see how much thought and attention to detail went into creating even the smallest effects.
I hope the sequel is coming along according to plan.

Tron: Legacy

I finally watched this sequel to the 1982 classic Tron.
In a nutshell: epic.

Reviews I’d read along with my own fears had kept me from seeing it thus far. Let’s face it, it’s a sequel to a cult classic, 28 years later, in a time when lots of 80’s movies get raped for sequels, quick cash ins that have little to nothing to do with the original. Star Wars, Transformers, GI Joe, Terminator, Aliens, the list goes on.
Boy was I wrong. And how happy I am to be wrong.

Just about everything about this movie is perfect.
For starters the original crew is in it, playing their old roles. And they actually made good use of the fact that so much time has passed since the original. Bruce Boxleitner is back as Alan Bradley & Tron and Jeff Bridges plays the part of Kevin Flynn & CLU. Olivia Wilde makes for a nice addition in the role of Quorra.

The movie starts off with a bit of history to set the mood and draw you in. Flynn disappeared in 1989 and no one has heard of him since. Alan thinks he’s still alive but ENCOM has moved on. Sam, Flynn’s son, is their biggest shareholder but doesn’t actually do anything with it other than playing an annual joke.
But then Alan shows up saying he’s gotten paged by Kevin even though that number has been disconnected for years. Sam decides to go check it out at his dad’s old arcade, where he discovers a server farm still running in the basement. And then….

Well, watch the movie.

Needless to say it’s CGI heaven. I’d go as far as to say it’s CGI heaven in the way the original was. The architecture of the grid (the digital world) is awesome and breathtaking, the choreography of the action sequences make the Matrix look like a Youtube fanboy experiment and the execution of everything is just spot on.
But also for example in CLU (he’s the one on the right in the picture above). CLU is a program created by Flynn to be his virtual copy that can run whenever he’s not around. As such, it looks like he does all those years ago. They did this through CGI as well, and it just works so well.

(click for the big version of this picture)

The soundtrack for the movie was made by Daft Punk, whom I’ve always liked but they really outdid themselves this time. In such a way that this is now my fave Daft Punk album. By far. In a way it reminds me of Kavinsky’s Testarossa Autodrive, but where Kavinsky hasn’t been able to remotely come close to that fantastic debut, they take the feel of it and run with it, far far away to a troubled digital universe.
Oh, and they’re actually IN the movie as well.

This redefines slick. This redefines sci-fi, not so much in way that it is a giant leap forward as that it’s a giant leap to get it back on track. The whole concept of a digital grid/world/matrix is immensely fascinating and hasn’t really been explored much in a serious way. This does. And it does it in a way that opens a world of possibilities for sequels, spinoffs and franchise heaven. And for once I’ll actually be applauding it, if it’s done with the same integrity and artistic vision as this movie.

So do I have anything bad to say about the movie?
Ehm, it ends. But there’ll be more.
It doesn’t explore the vastness of the grid as much I’d like, but on the one hand that’s easily explained through the story (standalone servers, not hooked up to the rest of the world) and automagically opens up a potential landslide of options for sequels. After watching this movie, just imagine what would happen if the grid somehow went online and started spreading across the internet.
So no, I can’t actually think of a single bad thing to say about the movie.

Flynn lives!

Some Tron Legacy Wallpapers:

Work in progress... not home!
Trying to get all/most of the new code working before I start on the eyecandy.