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Polybius, the arcade game that kills...maybe.

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Polybius, the arcade game that kills...maybe.

PostTue Mar 05, 2013 10:46 pm

Anyone heard of this? As the story goes, Polybius was a mysterious arcade game that appeared in Oregon back in the day and caused some nasty side-effects, including night terrors, amnesia and even suicide. The games, if they ever existed, have long gone missing. So, black-op, unfortunate programming error, or myth?

Here's a quote from the wikipedia entry on the game:

"According to the story, an unheard-of new arcade game appeared in several suburbs of Portland, Oregon in 1981, something of a rarity at the time. The game proved to be incredibly popular, to the point of addiction, and lines formed around the machines, often resulting in fighting over who played next. This was followed by clusters of visits from men in black. Rather than the usual marketing data collected by company visitors to arcade machines, they collected some unknown data, allegedly testing responses to the psychoactive machines. The players themselves suffered from a series of unpleasant side effects, including amnesia, insomnia, nightmares, night terrors, and even suicide in some versions of the legend. Some players stopped playing video games, while reportedly one became an antigaming activist. The supposed creator of Polybius is Ed Rotberg, and the company named in the urban legend is Sinneslöschen (what seems to be a slightly incorrect German translation for "sensory-extinguishing"), often named as either a secret government organization or a codename for Atari. The gameplay is said to be similar to Tempest (a shoot 'em up game using vector graphics), while the game is said to contain subliminal messages which would influence the action of anyone playing it."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polybius_%28video_game%29
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Re: Polybius, the arcade game that kills...maybe.

PostWed Mar 06, 2013 12:34 am

I read somewhere that game never existed and is just an urban legend somebody made up. It's impossible to prove those kinds of things true or false, though.
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PostWed Mar 06, 2013 12:38 am

At the least it's an interesting legend.
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PostWed Mar 06, 2013 1:36 am

I don't think it's real.. I love those legends (hopefully they aren't true because that is awful).. they are really interesting to read about. I think there would be more info on it if it were real.
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PostThu Mar 07, 2013 3:58 pm

It's more than likely false, a mere myth.
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PostThu Mar 07, 2013 4:46 pm

You'd think if it was so popular, a polariod would have been taken in it's presence at some point that would show the machine. It's an interesting legend though, kind of scary. I guess the only people that would know for certain are those that designed or played it, or the guy that made it all up.
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PostThu Mar 07, 2013 5:00 pm

It's strange that polybius the greek historian was born in a place called arcadia.
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PostThu Mar 07, 2013 5:03 pm

Oh and there is one pic of it.
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PostThu Mar 07, 2013 5:42 pm

Yeah there are pics of the actual arcade game machine. But who's to say the machine isn't a mere fabrication after the fact? It's probably a false story, based on some truth. Like back in the day there was an Atari game, don't remember the name, that apparently put people into epileptic fits on the regular, and so they pulled it. That was back in the early 80s, I believe. Maybe the legend came from there, who knows. As for messing with people's heads without MK programming, as in without trauma-based procedure and whatnot, it is possible, though not on the level of a trained assassin or a mechanoid porn star, obviously. Certain patterns of light and sound do deeply effect certain people. I made up the word mechanoid, btw.
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PostThu Mar 07, 2013 6:29 pm

Reduc Ab wrote:Yeah there are pics of the actual arcade game machine. But who's to say the machine isn't a mere fabrication after the fact? It's probably a false story, based on some truth. Like back in the day there was an Atari game, don't remember the name, that apparently put people into epileptic fits on the regular, and so they pulled it. That was back in the early 80s, I believe. Maybe the legend came from there, who knows. As for messing with people's heads without MK programming, as in without trauma-based procedure and whatnot, it is possible, though not on the level of a trained assassin or a mechanoid porn star, obviously. Certain patterns of light and sound do deeply effect certain people. I made up the word mechanoid, btw.


I'm not sure really, I know some people who've been exposed to some serious sugar honey ice tea without any single thing happening to them. But then again, maybe such patterns don't affect them, because, like you said, it affects some people and not others.

Mechanoid is a pretty good word to use in this situation.

Still, I don't believe this, about Polybius game.

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Scrutinize all you want, it just don't add up.

It's too unbelievable. But then again, so is the real world.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CpGXEEa1c5I

Here's a video of a game that was developed according to what info is there about Polybius.
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