After the release of the film Tron in 1982, Midway released an arcade game based on the movie later that year. The role of video games and computer programs in the movie made the production of an arcade game an obvious decision. In the film Tron, video arcade owner and computer programmer Kevin Flynn gets sucked into the computer world while trying to prove that his video game program was stolen by his former employer. In the computer world of slave, rebel, and master computer programs, Flynn must work together with a rebel security program named Tron to destroy the Master Control Program- the MCP. The deadly games that rebel programs must play when they refuse to obey the MCP are the basis for the arcade game. The film's virtual Game Grid, where the gladiatorial computer games take place, is the setting for the arcade game. Players must fight their way through four different contests: Tanks, Light Cycles, Grid Bugs, and the MCP. After completing the four games, the player continues on to the next level until they reach the USER level. The film and arcade game Tron represent the extent to which video games were becoming an accepted part of the American culture. Video games were no longer in the background, but gaining the spotlight.
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