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Step into This Soviet Arcade Time Machine

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While American teens in the ’80s were obsessing over Pac-Man and Donkey Kong, their Soviet counterparts were playing arcade games meant to prepare them for war. At the time, video games weren’t easily accessible in the Soviet Union. So the government fashioned them from refrigerators and calculators with the goal of training young Soviets for combat. St. Petersburg resident Alexander Stakhanov remembers those games fondly. So he did what any nostalgic gamer would do—he opened the Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines.


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  1. I was expecting the Soviet Anthem when you put the coin in

  2. And that 4 year old became a Soviet Premiere years later

  3. When you think about it this isn't very strange or unique. Who do you think payed for and developed first person shooters like Doom, Quake, and Wolfenstein? Answer: the military. All of our American warfare games are for military training as well.

  4. i got one of those little boxes with 200 retro games, that plugs into a tv…feels like i went back to 1983

  5. It's not uncommon for communist countries to build electronics in military factories as the army provides cheap labor.

    Interesting fact is that you couldn't actually type in your name for a record on a game as it wasn't seen as "socialist".

  6. When I saw the guy on the rocket ride. I literally laughed really hard.

  7. I absolutely love Soviet Era design!❤️👍🏻

  8. Now I want to go to Russia, for the sole purpose of this arcade

  9. Some of those games I think are actually better than some original arcade games.

  10. You got the in Soviet Russia games play you from YO MAMA

  11. That description is ridiculous and follows the same old propaganda narrative that the Soviets were the threat when it's the U.S government that has started and has been at war for decades.
    It's tiring.

  12. Thank you for making this video Comrade. It shows that the U.S weren't the only people playing arcade games. Glory to Soviet Union! (Not really, I'm like to stick with the capatalist system unless there is a better system)

  13. The point of those games was NOT training for the Soviet army. Geesh…

  14. Western arcades: just for fun

    Eastern arcades: for fun and physical strength and precision


  15. I rather play these tha fortnite 🤦‍♀️

  16. -Hey Alexi, would you like to play this fun game?
    -Sure Yuri, what's it called?
    It's called "A prisoner in the gulag who the state suspects to be a spy has escaped the gulag! Gun him down immediately or there is a possibility that your family will be sent to suffer in a Siberian work camp. You are allowed to use anything at your disposal, whether it's covered by the geneva convention."
    -I have 1 question. What's the Geneva convention?
    -Lol idk

  17. The video forgot Japan… a important videogame center.

  18. Japan saved the videogame industry in 1985…. American videogame industry in 1983 was terrible.

  19. honestly i find these game more fun than the other because they seem to not only have fun but also train you in case of a war.
    fun and practical are my personal favorite combination. i wish one day i will able to play them.

  20. Okay, not gonna lie, some of those would look right at home in a Chuck E. Cheese's.

  21. A big kid in action !
    Please: Don't tell him nothing about Santa Claus.

  22. From what i learned from the soviets was they had the exact SCIENCE down of making a lot out of a little with tecnology

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  24. Anyone knows what the music playing on this video is called like?? 😀 I've been looking for it for a long time so if anyone knows please tell me!!!!!!!! 😀

  25. Wow I've never seen any Soviet Russian arcade machines before in my entire life. They sure look very interesting.

    Greetings from Ireland 🇮🇪

  26. Нихуя, про русских показали!

  27. Normal arcade: play and fun
    Soviet: blyat, we can train spy and conscript with our arcade

  28. Love the arcade mascot, flippin’ genius! 🕹

  29. I would love to visit the Saint Petersburg arcade museum one day. Too bad that arrogant Gremlin in the Kremlin sabotaged and derailed my family’s travel plans that were later in this year’s summer!

  30. Lol i'm Russian i understand all that th museum director talk.

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