Way before Zangief (the Russian beefcake from Street Fighter II) was introduced, Russia has already established its relationship with video games.
During the cold atmosphere of the…Cold War, arcade machines have already been present in the buildings of Moscow. Four friends at the Moscow State Technical University decided to dig up these digital antiques that once populated the city’s movie theaters and recreational centers.
So far, they’ve uncovered 32 out of the 70 or so produced by Soviet military factories between the late ‘70s and the early ‘90s. To display their accomplishments, the four opened up the Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines last month. The museum is currently built in a Stalin-era bomb shelter under the university dormitory.
While most of them are functioning perfectly, some need fine tuning. But it’s amazing to think what these relics have been through. We wonder if they will ever find the rest of them.