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Would You Like to Play a Game? Soviet Arcades Revealed

During the '80s, I was doing what pretty much every other kid in the country was doing. I spent my days pumping every quarter I could lay hands on into the arcade machines that profilerated across America. My nights were spent cowering in fear of imminent nuclear annihilation at the hands of the Evil Soviet Empire. Who knew that the youth of that totalitarian hell were doing essentially the same thing?

Wired has a nice article and slideshow up on the arcade games of the Soviet Union. A good look at these dinosaurs leads to the inescapable conclusion that the reason we won the Cold War was superior video game technology. Thank god they didn't develop Tetris until it was too late or we'd all be eating borscht right now. -- Cory Casciato

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Cory Casciato is a Denver-based writer with a passion for the geeky, from old science fiction movies to brand-new video games.
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