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The Museum of Soviet Arcade Games
« on: September 09, 2010, 11:08:03 PM »
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Back in 2007 I read an article on BoingBoing  about a small “museum” of Soviet-era Video Games that had been opened by a couple of students in the basement of a small technical university about 30 minutes outside the center of Moscow. The article was accompanied by awesome pictures of hulking consoles that looked like they were designed with the same sense of fun that an engineer would use to construct a hospital waiting room.

It was an amazing article but as I browsed the collection I never imagined that two years later my wife and I would find ourselves descending into the Ploshchad Revolyutsii Metro station, about to take that 30 minute ride to the outskirts of Moscow.

It was only 6:30 in the evening, but this was December and Moscow had already been dark for two hours. We were scheduled to spend 4 nights in the city, but transportation complications caused by the bombing of the train line between St. Petersburg and Moscow 4 days earlier had delayed our arrival and given us only one full day in the city (we had arrived the previous afternoon and would be departing the following afternoon). We spent the day running around to see as much as we could: Red Square, St. Basil’s Cathedral, Lenin’s Tomb, The Kremlin… we were exhausted but as we navigated the busy subway we were probably more excited than we’d been all day.

To be honest, we really weren’t sure what to expect. The museum seemed amazing, but the small print was a little strange: It was only open 2 or 3 days a week, and not until 7:30 at night. The articles I’d read never mentioned anyone else being in the museum, so we wondered if the reporters had arranged private tours or we were about to visit a guy sitting by himself in a basement. Regardless, we figured that whatever happened it would be an amusing adventure.
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Re: The Museum of Soviet Arcade Games
« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2010, 12:40:42 AM »
Now that looks like fun.  :cheersmate: :cheersmate: 

We have an arcade near where I live.  $5 will play you all night (at least from 4-11). 

http://www.1984arcade.com/

We just had a guy beat the Donkey Kong Jr. world record not to long ago at 1984.

   

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Re: The Museum of Soviet Arcade Games
« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2010, 03:18:56 PM »
How wild...


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Re: The Museum of Soviet Arcade Games
« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2010, 04:15:05 PM »
How wild...

I didn't know girls were interested in video games. :tongue: :fuelfire:

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Re: The Museum of Soviet Arcade Games
« Reply #4 on: September 12, 2010, 04:25:09 PM »
I didn't know girls were interested in video games. :tongue: :fuelfire:
Yup! :-)


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Re: The Museum of Soviet Arcade Games
« Reply #5 on: September 12, 2010, 04:27:38 PM »
We have an arcade near where I live.  $5 will play you all night (at least from 4-11).    

Yeah, I remember $5 in quarters lasting all day.
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Re: The Museum of Soviet Arcade Games
« Reply #6 on: September 12, 2010, 04:37:13 PM »
Yeah, I remember $5 in quarters lasting all day.

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Re: The Museum of Soviet Arcade Games
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Re: The Museum of Soviet Arcade Games
« Reply #8 on: January 04, 2011, 08:00:13 PM »
I was pretty good at Galaxia.
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Re: The Museum of Soviet Arcade Games
« Reply #9 on: January 04, 2011, 09:09:47 PM »
Fond memories of Frogger and Ms. Pac-Man for me.


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