April 3 - Russians nostalgic for the Soviet era flock to a museum of Soviet arcade machines to try their hand on long-gone remnants from Soviet childhood. Hayley Platt reports.
At first glance this looks like any other games arcade. But take a closer look and you'll see the machines are more antique than state-of-the-art. This is the Museum of Soviet Arcade machines in Moscow. It was set-up five years ago by three friends for fun. Now they've decided to share their passion with the public. Maxim Pinigin is a co-founder. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) CO-FOUNDER OF MUSEUM OF SOVIET ARCADE MACHINES MAXIM PINIGIN, SAYING: "We're not political. We don't talk about Soviet times, we don't have flags here, we don't have pioneers who are running around with horns. We just want to show the arcade machines the way they used to be." Many of the machines in Maxim's museum were being manufactured by military factories during the Soviet Union's final days. There are more than 40 games, dating back more than two decades, with titles like 'Sea Battle,' 'Tankodrom' and 'Winter Hunting.' It's attracting visitors from around the world, who are each given 15 kopek pieces from the Soviet times to play. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) VISITOR ARTUR SAYING: "These Soviet times; these old coins; the 15 kopeck coin, it's our childhood, everything we had, we can remember it here." (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) VISITOR VICTORIA "There are easy and difficult games here. And they seem to be from long ago. People played them a long time ago." This museum may be for amusement only. But if the trend for retro Russian games catches on, it could be game on for a new generation of arcade owners.