Last updated on September 18th, 2023 at 10:03 am
In 1983, Cinematronics introduced Dragon’s Lair, a groundbreaking animated laserdisc game created by Disney animator Don Bluth.
The game quickly became a sensation in arcades, often positioned at the entrance and surrounded by a crowd of onlookers. However, Dragon’s Lair faced several challenges, including the unreliable Pioneer PR-7820 laserdisc player and later the LD-V1000. Fast forward 30 years, and the Dexter laserdisc replacement enters the picture, aiming to solve these issues with modern hardware.
Laserdisc game owners today encounter various problems in keeping their games running, such as laser rot and failing player parts. While players can be fixed to some extent, the scarcity of replacement parts and the inevitable failure of the moving components pose long-term challenges.
Additionally, laser rot can cause discs to become unplayable or display artifacts, and finding replacement discs can be costly, with prices reaching up to $500 for a Dragon’s Lair Limited Edition.
The decline of laserdiscs and the lack of new production facilities for these games have created a sense of doom and gloom for fans and collectors.
Laserdiscs are no longer in use, and the availability of functioning players is diminishing.
In this context, the Dexter laserdisc replacement offers a solid-state solution for preserving and enjoying these classic games, providing an updatable alternative to the aging and failing laser players.