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Important games from the USSR?

Тема в разделе "International Zone", создана пользователем Bennett, 4 дек 2014.

  1. Bennett

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    Hey everyone,

    I'm a professor who teaches game design at NYU in New York. We're working on a new class about games from Europe in the 1980s and 1990s, but we're finding it very hard to get information about games from the ex-USSR. Even the Russian professors here either moved away from Russia in the early 1980s or were not even born when the games were being made.

    The most important thing is for the students to try some of the games that were made inside the ex-USSR. Using emulators like MESS, they could even play games that were made for Russian hardware. But we don't know which games were made in the ex-USSR, or which of those games were popular or influential.

    I know a lot of games from Western Europe, Japan and the USA made it into the USSR through the black market, and some of the companies who handled translation became important PC developers later (like GSC and CD-Projekt) but I'm more interested in games that were made before 1990, if possible. We're trying to understand how games from Western Europe, Scandinavia and Eurasia influenced games from the USA and Japan.

    So: please tell me your favorites, and the most important games from the ex-USSR! Other than Tetris, of course :) I'm interested in computer games but also arcade games and anything that was important to gamers. If you can think of anything our students should know about, that will be a big help!

    --Bennett
     
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  3. Bato-San Чеширский волк-киборг

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  4. Virgil Администратор

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    Bennett, you'd certainly chosen an exciting field of study. To answer your questions: there's a private museum of Soviet arcade games in Moscow, they've got a website - http://15kop.ru/en/. I think you could try contacting them for the details. And for computer games, we've got a tag for Russian-made games on our site. Of course, we haven't got them all listed, but most of the known ones I suppose.

    Also, besides IBM PCs, other types of not-so-compatible computer were available in the USSR at the time, and there were quite a few games for those. And of course, various eastern block clones of ZX-Spectrum were also popular up to mid-90s.
     
  5. true-grue

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    Hi Bennett!

    Yes, really good question. It's hard to decide which game is important enough historically, besides Tetris. There were not many original games in those times (before 1990), as there was no market for them.

    Ok, how about this one: Magnetic Crane
    http://www.mobygames.com/game/dos/magnetic-crane

    P.S. It would be interesting to ask someone from Russian MSX community on this topic.
    P.P.S. I suppose you're good aware of Russian games made in 90s. I just want to point you on Snake Battle, a little gem, made by Gamos in 1992. It's very unusual game, one of the best in Programming Games (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Programming_game ) genre, worth to study.

    Sorry, I found no English source for this game.
    http://zxpress.ru/book_articles.php?id=449
    http://falcon.susu.ru/games/snakebattle/index.html
     
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  6. Grue13 Manul12

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    I don't remember much about arcades (I was too little of age and don't remember really), but I can speak about computer games.

    At that time, most people in ex-USSR who had computer games were using either BK (rus. "БК") clones (BK was a PDP-11-compatible Soviet-made home computer) - link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electronika_BK ), or ZX Spectrum clones.

    I didn't have ZX Spectrum at that time, so there can be some Russian/Soviet games for it, but I don't know much about that, maybe someone else here can tell you.

    For BK: I had both BK-0010-01 and BK-0011M at home, so I can tell you about of some of their games (all games for this computer that were ever made were made in ex-USSR). There are emulators for modern versions of Windows and games available for download on different websites. Most of games were written in Assembler, but some were for FOCAL or for BASIC, and some BASIC ones used mixed BASIC/Assembler code.

    (on page at the links below, you can see the game's screenshots if you click on "[+]Скриншоты:" expand button)

    My personal TOP:
    1) ДЕСАНТНИК (DESANTNIK)
    А compilation of 5 games with common plot spanning all of them. Includes flying a helicopter, a plane, racing, a platformer and fighting game. This was a very well-known game for BK, and even in this year some people are asking for the name of this game they played in childhood when they forget the name (they tell us the description) on this (old-games.ru) forum.
    http://r-games.net/894-desantnik.html
    2) Superman 1.
    Platformer
    http://r-games.net/721-superman-1.html
    3) Enigma
    Adventure
    http://r-games.net/797-enigma-episode-4-beysik.html
    4) Demon Stalkers
    top-down arcade
    http://r-games.net/645-demon-stalker.html
    5) Bobi
    Platformer, written in BASIC, with inclusions of machine code from Assembler
    http://r-games.net/323-bobi-beysik.html
    6) Bobi 2
    similar to previous
    http://r-games.net/324-bobi-2-beysik.html

    Some of them were made right in 1990, or even 1991, but before the collapse of the Soviet Union (which happened in 1991), so you could include games up to -1991 in your search instead.
     
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  7. Dimouse King of Mice

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    Bennett, besides BK-0010 and ZX Spectrum there were quite a lot of software for other Russian PCs or copies of western PCs like УКНЦ, Yamaha MSX etc. Most of them became extinct with advancing of IBM-PCs in the early 90s. There were quite a lot of clones of western games ported by enthusiasts, but of course there were new games too.

    As for early MS-DOS games besides Tetris there were also quite popular games:
    Perestroika (1990, DOS)
    Цветные линии (1992, Windows 3.x/DOS)
    Морской бой (1992, DOS)
    Поле Чудес: Капитал Шоу (1993, DOS)
    which were almost on every computer at that time.
     
  8. Bennett

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    Thanks everyone, this is really helpful stuff! I'm looking forward to playing these games.

    /edit: wow, Magnetic Crane is amazing!
     
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  9. Ulysses

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  11. STRYKE

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    My 5 cents... Kopeks I mean )).
    Hand-held copies of Nintendo systems Electronika!

    http://www.ex.ua/44666
    http://www.ex.ua/18725272
    http://www.ex.ua/5728255
    http://www.emulator3000.org/hq.htm
    http://rutracker.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3362169
    http://www.pica-pic.com/#/ncha_bycha/

    Also.
    There is YouTube Link with search for Soviet game automats in Russian. Because consumer electronics was less developed in USSR, then there are a lot of systems that are relying more on mechanics rather then electronics. Which is acctually really cool some time.
     
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  12. Vuxen Аргх!

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    Here you can play some soviet arcade machine games online.
     
  13. Bennett

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    Thanks everyone.

    The crow seems to be a recurring theme. Is it related to the story of Baba Yaga?
     
  14. VladimIr V Y Анимешник/Ретроманьяк

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    Not really. But crows are among birds and animals recurrently present in russian fairy tales.
     
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  15. Timur late night douche

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    More like raven. You know.
     
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