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

    Greetings from Ireland 🇮🇪

  2. 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!!!!!!!! 😀

  3. The abstracted cat preclinically time because energy suggestively haunt amidst a insidious verse. brash, wide mailman

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

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

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

  7. 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.

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

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

  10. -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

  11. I rather play these tha fortnite 🤦‍♀️

  12. Western arcades: just for fun

    Eastern arcades: for fun and physical strength and precision


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

  14. 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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