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Monster Cable TRON Edition iPod Identity Disc Dock

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If you have followed me on any website for more than five minutes, you’ll know that my favorite movie is TRON. The good folks at Monster helped me out by sending me this kickass-looking speaker system for my iPod touch (and iPhone!).

This Monster Cable TRON Edition iPod Identity Disc Dock just LOOKS fantastic, before even using it for the first time. The dock resembles Tron’s iconic identity disks. Cool blue rings highlight the case, and even the lettering on the system’s display mimic the style of the movie’s fonts.

You can download the (free!) Monster Visualizer app to your device to give your iPhone or iPod touch control of the lights on the dock. Enjoy a slick light show that combines pulsing graphics on the iDevice screen with the lights on the dock – all nicely synced to your music.

The sound is – just… wow. The system features four 1-1/2″ speakers to handle mids and highs with clarity and precision. In back, a long-throw 3-1/2″ woofer pumps out the lows. Other features include:

  • compatible with 160GB iPod classic, 6th generation iPod nano, and 4th generation iPod touch
  • compatible with iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, and iPhone 4
  • four 1-1/2″ drivers with a 3-1/2″ long-throw woofer for low tones
  • dual pipe blue lights with over 80 LEDs
  • backlit display with Tron-inspired fonts
  • free Monster Game Grid Visualizer app (lights change intensity along with music, Tron graphics will display on your player and graphics and light display are synchronized to the music).
  • auxiliary stereo mini-jack input
  • remote

I can’t say it enough: this thing just LOOKS cool as hell. I am more than happy with the light show and the sound – and plan to use it daily right here in my home office.

What speakers are you using? Are they anywhere near as cool as this setup?

How to Play TRON Light Cycle Games on the Mac or PC

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Do you know what my favorite movie is? I love TRON the movie, and the games as well. The Light Cycles is a lot of fun. I play it on Mac OS X. I can play against myself, or even on a network game. Tron was an arcade game based on the movie of the same name, release by Disney in 1982. The original game consisted of 4 sub-games, the only one of concern is the ‘Light Cycles’ one, in which the player uses a left/right joystick to control a ‘Light Cycle’ which leaves a wall behind it wherever the cycle it goes, turning only at 90 degree angles. The player must then get the AI to crash into their wall while avoiding hitting the AI’s own wall themselves. Those were the humble beginnings of Armagetron Advanced’s game play, which has now blossomed into 16 player mayhem, with highly advanced AI, network game play, and of course all in a 3D environment.

Armagetron Adavanced is a multiplayer game in 3d that attempts to emulate and expand on the lightcycle sequence from the movie Tron. It’s an old school arcade game slung into the 21st century. Highlights include a customizable playing arena, HUD, unique graphics, and AI bots. For the more advanced player there are new game modes and a wide variety of physics settings to tweak as well.

If you know of other cool TRON-like stuff, drop me a line. Don’t challenge me to a game though – you’ll win. I’ll just give you the winner title now!

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