• Apr 13, 2011
SideQuesting Tron Light Cycle Design Contest – Click above for high-res image gallery

SideQuesting.com is a website focused on discussions about video games that decided to host a competition to see who among its readership could draw up the best Tron Light Cycle. The entries were received and the results are... well, they're pretty amazing.

Two winners were chosen, one from the United States and an International representative. John A. Frye took home the top spot among American artists with an appropriately American interpretation of a futuristic bike, while Raphael Laurent of Switzerland won the international prize. Each winner received a copy of the Art of Tron Legacy book and two Light Cycle toys.

We've assembled a gallery of the top eight submissions, but we think you should still go ahead and take a stroll through all of the submissions at SideQuesting.com. A variety of concepts are on display, and they range from jaw-dropping renders to beautiful hand-drawn sketches.

[Source: SideQuesting.com]

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      • 3 Years Ago
      Is that ... "It" ?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Uh, the chopper design is a speeder from star wars with wheels added
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wish I had access to better design software. The sketching tools in Alias can make almost any design look good. Design students today are really lucky, us old farts had to make do with pencils and markers.
        • 3 Years Ago
        a poor craftsman blame his tools

        you don't need expensive software to do this kind of work... you sell designers short with such a shallow cop-out

        (not that the designs in this post are particularly fantastic, but a few are nice)
      • 3 Years Ago
      That single wheeled concept looks a lot like the 'IT' from South Park. http://images.wikia.com/southpark/images/1/15/ITSP.jpg
      • 3 Years Ago
      That Lightchopper is flippin' awesome.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Dammit. The guy running the site didn't even put mine up. He said he would, but it was never posted. Here it is anyway:

      • 3 Years Ago
      When the original came out in '82, the light cycles blew me away because they operated in a non-physical way, making 90-degree turns with no change in speed, etc. They existed inside a computer process, you didn't feel gravity so much. The legacy cycles were disappointing in that they were just flashy versions of physical vehicles that we use in real life, complete with leaning, skidding and smoke. To me, the legacy vehicles as well as this competition's don't surpass the originals.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I get what you're saying here. The limitations of rendering tech and the imaginative concept behind the original light cycle is far more compelling than the flashy Legacy vision.

        What is the Grid supposed to be really? It started out as photons imagined real, and ended up as a Polyphony physics engine. Would've been interesting to see a concept that did away with engines and all these meatspace physics and went ethereal. Would've been more inline with the original concept.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Seems like the more uncomfortable bike seem the higher the chance to win.