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40 years ago today: Olympic athlete Valerij Yakushin, luge competitor for the Soviet Union, crouches down to look into the eyepiece of Midway’s Submarine arcade cabinet in the game room at the Olympic Village in Lake Placid, New York on February 7, 1980.

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DISCUSSION

My theory: because it most closely resembled the video game machines of the public arcades of his homeland, like Sea Battle.