Soviet Game and Watch: the Elektronika IM-32 #Gaming @nicole_express
In 1971, the Soviet Union abandoned its in-house computer system development, which included some very interesting experimental concepts like balanced ternary, in order to adopt Western designs like IBM’s System/360. However, it’d be a lie to state that the Soviet Union didn’t have the production capability; even though the machines were produced to imitate western standards, they were wholly of domestic manufacture.
The famous game Tetris originated in 1984 on the 1978 Elektronika 60 computer
Elektronika was not a company in the usual sense we’d see on this blog; the Soviet Union was not a capitalist society, after all. It was the main brand name of Minelektronprom (Ministry of the Electronics Industry), a division of the Soviet government. And it was used by a huge scale of consumer electronics, from high-end computers, to various models of digital watches.
Above is the Elektronika IM-32 (ИМ-32 in Cyrillic), “Kot Rybalov”, or Cat Fisherman. The concept is a cat who fishes by having fish jump onto his fishing rod; not quite sure if that’s how fishing works, but maybe things were different in the worker’s paradise. Much like the Nintendo Game & Watch series, many of these Elektronika games were based off of popular Soviet cartoons; this is no exception.
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