It was one of those things that I never really seriously entertained the thought of having, but a few days ago, I came across an opportunity to own my very own, 1982 vintage Tron arcade game, and brother, I took it! Tron was always my favorite game, and always my favorite cabinet. The black light. The music from the Wendy Carlos soundtrack. The way it just … glowed. I pumped a lot of quarters into that machine, and now I have one in my mancave. My inner 12-year-old is a very happy boy.
It works fairly well, and is in pretty good physical shape. All the parts are there, and it works pretty well. It does need some love, however. The side art is a total loss, the monitor needs some fiddling with, and it just needs a good general tear down and rebuild. In a perfect world, this thing will look like it came right off the assembly line in 1982, when Margaret Thatcher ruled the British Empire, Olivia Newton-John and The J. Geils Band ruled the airwaves, and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas ruled the box office.
In the coming weeks, I’ll keep a journal of repairing Tron to his former blacklighted badassedness. My first step is locating replacement art, which I think I’ve done at Arcade Overlays. Stay tuned!