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The Greatest Gaming Myth Ever.
Now I don't know how many of you have heard about Polybius, but Polybius is what I think of as the greatest gaming urban legend ever. Those of you who haven't heard of Polybius hear is a short version of the legend.
Polybius is a gaming urban legend in which a mysterious arcade cabinet showed up in a few small arcades in a suburb of Portland. The cabinet is said to be simple, with no artwork on it apart from a small logo on the side. The game was a hit, kids would line-up to play it, even getting addicted. Then strange things would happen to anyone who played it, symptoms include amnesia, insomnia and some cases, even suicide. Occasionally "Men in Black" would come and collect data from the machines, not high scores, but some form of data. After a few weeks the machines disappeared off the face of the earth.
Well, that's the legend. I'm now going to look at a few aspects of the legend.
Men In Black
Kind Of Like That
Many arcades around the world claim that official looking people would go up to machines and collect quarters and high scores from the machine. Polybius though, Men In Black would occasionally show up to take data from the machines, never quarters, but some form of data. Nobody knew what they took, but it wasn't high scores.
Something Here Is Not Right
Many if the reported symptoms include: insomnia, amnesia and even suicide, but did you look at who made it? The company name on the title screen, Sinnesloschen, is a German word, but what for? You guessed it! Sense-Deletion, and that certainly seems to fit a lot of symptoms, seeing as some people even weren't able to feel sadness after playing the game. Another theory on the name is that Sinnesloschen was a code-name on the project.
One of the biggest mysteries surrounding Polybius is the gameplay, some think that Polybius played similar to Tempest, while others say that the gameplay was a top-down maze game with puzzle elements. The Tempest theory would certainly fit in seeing as there was a reported buggy prototype of Tempest that was recalled. If it did play like Tempest, then another possibility is that the story of Polybius was exaggerated and in fact it merely caused epilepsy due to flashing lights.
In some cases the cabinet was reported to have supernatural qualities such as letting people play without them putting coins or playing while not being plugged in. This part of the legend is of course, almost certainly not true. However, you never know.
There are a few more pieces of information such as one player becoming a big anti-gaming crusader. And ROM's being on the internet, most sources though say there is no chance of their being a ROM.
Please leave any comments or thoughts. And sorry if the last few paragraphs are bold, something is wrong with my computer.
That's pretty interesting and has me curious enough to explore the topic a little further. I'm not sure if I've ever heard of this or not. As far as the bold issue, if you drafted this in Word, one of the best ways to ensure you don't have any format issues is use the "Paste from Word" icon in the blog tool bar. Also, sometimes pasting it into Notepad (which removes all the funky formatting) and then cut and pasting from Notepad will make it play nice in the GIO Blog posting form.
I remember hearing about this urban legend a couple of years ago. I thought it was a interesting story.
Wow, that's strange. It makes you think about how other games could just be conspiracies. Like Assassin's creed might be the government's form of recruiting and training potential assassins and hitmen and stuff. Mind is blown.
Very interesting! I want to find out more about this now...
Very cool blog I have never heard of this until now. It appears either abstergo or aperture science is the cause of this....
This makes you wonder. Never heard of it, but will take time to do some research of my own... Conspiracy Theory...Nowadays...I Think SO!...Good Article!