Soviet-era arcade games for Nerd Enthusiasts

| May-June 2009

  • Moscow Games from the Soviet-Era

    Varvara Lozenko /

  • Moscow Games from the Soviet-Era

The next time you’re in Moscow, try your evil capitalist hand at some Soviet-era arcade games. The city’s interactive Museum of Soviet Arcade Games, opened in 2007 by a group of nerd-enthusiasts, boasts 40 classic machines, including Konek-Gorbunok, a Zelda-esque quest game, and 01, a firefighting game with a hoselike joystick.

The museum is also home to four copies of Morskoi Boi (pictured), a popular submarine-battle game that was, incredibly, produced by the government alongside actual nuclear submarines. The machine comes complete with periscope, observes RUSSIA ! (Winter 2009), but that’s about the only authentic thing about it: “With its cryptic green and red gauges, it appears to require naval training. But these instruments are just stickers.”

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