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GameStar Hungary Magazine Giving Away TRON 2.0 For Free

By TronFAQ on Wednesday, December 15, 2010 at 1:13 PM
The December 2010 issue of the Hungarian edition of GameStar magazine is including the full retail version of TRON 2.0, for free.

As can be seen in the image on the right, the top of the issue's front cover has the words ""Teljes Játék: TRON 2.0" which means "Full Game: TRON 2.0".

Also, if you visit the GameStar.hu site, you'll see another phrase saying: "Decemberi Tron-áradat: ajándék teljes játékunk minden idők legjobb Tron-játéka: a Tron 2.0, címlapon pedig a Tron: Evolution!" The Google translation result is: "December Tron-tide gift complete game of all time best-Tron game: Tron 2.0, while the front page of Tron: Evolution!"

Frankly, I'd like to know how GameStar's publisher IDG managed to convince Disney Interactive to let them give the game away for free. To me, this seems like a small miracle. Disney has yet to re-release TRON 2.0 in any form, and seems to pretend that it doesn't even exist. (Sure, it gets mentioned in their press releases now and then, but it's always downplayed and treated as unimportant now that Legacy and Evolution are here.)

Perhaps, then, there's some small hope for TRON 2.0 showing up in the not-too-distant future on a service like GOG.com (Good Old Games).
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5 comments so far.

  1. Bryan Gilroy December 16, 2010 12:21 AM
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  2. Bryan Gilroy December 16, 2010 12:46 PM
    Fantastic, though it seems a bit shady. Tron 2.0 with the Killer App widescreen mod got me back into gaming . . . awesome work LDSO!
  3. TronFAQ December 20, 2010 5:14 PM
    There have been earlier cases of game magazines giving away full retail games. For example, one mag gave away Deus Ex Game of the Year Edition for free a few years ago. So it's not unprecedented. But it's true that it doesn't happen often.

    As for the rest of the points you made in the earlier version of your comment: Disney takes fans of Tron for granted. They don't need to convince us to buy the game or see the movie, so they don't bother. They go after the mainstream crowd who aren't fans and pay attention to them instead. They could care less what we, as fans, do because they've got us in their back pocket already.

    It's a shitty attitude on their part, but that's just the way it is. You'd think they'd want to celebrate their established fans and foster a stronger bond with them (which only makes good business sense), but nope.
  4. Bryan Gilroy December 24, 2010 11:09 PM
    Oh, you read the earlier version? Though it's true, I thought it came across a little too enthusiastic, like an advertisement for the Tron franchise in general. Though my exposure to Tron was inspirational in my approach to programming, and then also helped me connect with my daughter, my first comment made it seem like Tron was the solve-all, when really I was just happy to be able to share my appreciation for the movies and games in a forum with people who share that passion.

    I guess the short version is that Tron means so much to us because of the ideas behind it, which are quite profound. I hope the new film will do more than use the ideas of the first film to make a cool Matrix-like action extravaganza, but I've got no power over that.

    We like the character of Kevin Flynn because he is a passionate genius who used technology to create things that people loved, and didn't give a damn about the financial rewards, didn't give a damn about the corporate stance. He created great works, and he did it because he was more talented than the other corporate drones.
    So, if the fans have to create great Tron works when Disney can't, well, it's like, it makes sense.

    Chomping at the bit for widescreen User Error, by the way. Can someone email me about getting involved in the next mod?
  5. Anonymous January 19, 2011 8:52 AM
    Here in Hungary most of the gaming magazines have full games attached to their monthly issues.

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