When you walk into the Museum of Soviet Arcade Games in St. Petersburg, the first thing you’ll see is a series of gray, hard-edged soda machines from the early 1980s. If you choose the one in the middle, it will dispense a tarragon-flavored and slightly fermented soda whose recipe relies on a syrup that has not been…
Star Wars Battle Pod might not be good enough to justify paying $35,000 to have at home, but there’s no denying it’s the most fun I’ve had with an arcade game in years.
Classic arcade games conjure up images of Joust, pinball, and Pac-Man, but pay-to-play games predate the video game cabinet, and some tested more than your hand-eye coordination. From machines that tested your lung capacity to claw machines with live lobsters, here are a few largely forgotten arcade games.
If you're a fan of upright arcade cabinets, you may want to avert your eyes. Photographer Thomas Schultz documents the dust gathering and decay of a handful of abandoned classic games, including Atari's Star Wars and Sega's Zaxxon.
Back when Pokémon were just a seizure-inducing flicker in Nintendo's eye, there was "Dark Warrior epilepsy," a form of epilepsy that was only reported once in the history of medicine. Nonetheless, this malady is responsible for one of the strangest paragraphs ever to grace a medical journal.
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.