VideoPinball 2.0

 

Encoms Video Pinball 2.0

 

THE
ORIGINAL TRON PINBALL

THE
GAME HAS CHANGED



 

This
project was originally conceived back in May 2008 when I was visiting Funspot
in Weirs Beach, New Hampshire during their 15th annual Video Game Tournament.
Where I discovered
a game that I had never seen before and I thought I had played them all.
 
It was an old 1978
black and white 
Atari
game called
Video Pinball and absolutely fell in love with this game.

Despite its dated
disco themed artwork I couldn’t help but think what it would be like to
give this an update and to me there was only one theme that came to mind
that would  benefit from all its black light glowing goodness…TRON.
So I literally
started sketching ideas back at my hotel room that weekend that would
later become known as Encom’s Video Pinball 2.0.
 

There had never
been a TRON pinball machine before and keep in mind this was a few
years before Legacy. Though I had considered a traditional scratch
build TRON pin in the past, but to me just never quite seemed
right. The physical aspects of a “pinball” machine and the
computer world of TRON just never seemed like an appropriate mix.

Atari Video Pinball Cabinet

PIC VP2.0 Left side

The
project really came to life back in  July 2009 at California
Extreme
where I met Steve of ArcadeHacking .com Known on many
of the Arcade forums as Xray2 . Where I shared my idea of a TRON
related Video Pinball.
He immediately was
on board and really took this game to the next level. From there it was
decided it was no longer be just an “art” project but a complete
reworking of the original 
Atari
games
software and hardware design where we  would spend the next 2 years
in devolvement.  But
the
following year at California Extreme 2010 we’d test our first
prototype.

By this time Disney’s
Tron
viral marketing campaign was in full swing and the
new movie still wasn’t scheduled to be released until later that year and
this project picked up alot of extra attention because of that and even
found its way in that campaign along side other Encom classics BITD
like Space Paranoids.

The project would
be complete and unveiled at the NW Pinball and Gameroom Expo in
June 2011 and make its final return to California Extreme 
July 2011.

Encom’s Video
Pinball 2.0 
       
was a complete scratch build and NOT   a converted
cabinet.  The complete build blog on this project can be seen at VP2.0BUILD 
 



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Walter
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This
project was the result of many years work and love for the game along with a handful
of very talented users, arcade collectors and TRON fans 

that
made this project possible  so a very special thanks to everyone involved.

 

end of
line.

 

 

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