In late 2009, two intrepid bloggers visited a museum of Soviet arcade games outside of Moscow. What did they find? A subterranean den of gaming classics from behind the Iron Curtain.
Anjel Van Slyke and Connal Hughes stopped by the museum in December 2009. Here's an excerpt from their curious journey to visit the not-so-easily accessible playplace:
To be honest, we really weren't sure what to expect. The museum seemed amazing, but the small print was a little strange: It was only open 2 or 3 days a week, and not until 7:30 at night. The articles I'd read never mentioned anyone else being in the museum, so we wondered if the reporters had arranged private tours or we were about to visit a guy sitting by himself in a basement. Regardless, we figured that whatever happened it would be an amusing adventure.
It was only about a 5 minute walk from the subway to the school, a brick building on the corner that didn't look much different from the apartments that surrounded it. There were a few uneven steps leading up to a metal door where a small, unlit sign identified it, in Cyrillic, as the Moscow State Technical University. We walked through the door and found ourselves in a small lobby facing a guard sitting behind a desk a few feet away. Just to the right of the guard was a flight of stairs heading down. Not speaking any Russian, we gestured to the basement and said "Here to see the museum?"
You can read more about their trip (and the nifty vintage games they played) over at A Dangerous Business. Be sure to ogle their photos of the machines and the old-school gaming posters as well. Thanks for the tip, Karl!