Step into This Soviet Arcade Time Machine

Step into This Soviet Arcade Time Machine


– [Narrator] In the ’80s when
lots of people were playing arcade games like Pac Man,
Donkey Kong and Frogger, this is what they were
playing in Soviet Russia. (game beeping) – [Narrator] That’s Alexander,
he runs the Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines in St. Petersburg Russia. – [Narrator] Unlike their
western counterparts, the games weren’t just for fun. – [Narrator] The point of the
games was training for the Soviet Army, building
skills like reasoning, hand-eye coordination and marksmanship. – [Narrator] All the Soviet
arcade games were built in military factories using
leftover parts from weapons, refrigerators, calculators
and other items. – [Narrator] But now,
decades after the fall of the Soviet Union. (upbeat music)

100 Comments on "Step into This Soviet Arcade Time Machine"


  1. I used to like the game with the submarine, the hunting game, but the most fun was the basketball game. Those machines used to coexist with western arcades for awhile in Bulgarian seaside resorts, but towards the end of the 80's they just couldn't compete anymore.

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  2. Yo jugué la del submarino y era IMPRESIONANTE el efecto, claro tenia 8 años, pero aun lo recuerdo y quisiera tener una

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  3. Instead of just enjoying the museum and sticking to what its owner has to say about it, Americans are accustomed to throw some of the craziest bs up in the air: "their Soviet counterparts were playing arcade games meant to prepare them for war." "The point of the games was training for the Soviet Army." "All the Soviet arcade games were built in military factories using leftover parts from weapons, refrigerators, calculators…" Try to play one of the most popular Soviet arcade games online and see for yourself what "leftovers" from tanks, refrigerators and calculators were used to make it up and how well playing it could "prepare" you "for war" 🙂 http://morskoy-boy.15kop.ru/game/

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  4. Gosh I don't think people will play for training 😑 Idk but they look like games for fun

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  5. Some of these games look more fun than the games we have today. Arcade games Mostly consists of screens and nothing physical

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  6. The AESTHETICS game of the soviets was on point. Vaporware remix of USSR arcade music when?

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  7. No saved scores so you can't compete against the last player…communism at its finest

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  8. #1MILLIONSUBHYPE, 98 OVER 1MIL
    #1MILLIONSUBHYPE, 98 OVER 1MIL
    #1MILLIONSUBHYPE, 98 OVER 1MIL

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  9. 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.

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

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  11. 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".

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  12. 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.

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  13. 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)

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