Polybius may have been an arcade cabinet that only saw release around Portland sub-burbs in the early 1980’s. Polybius existence has never been completely confirmed, and all hypothetical arcade cabinets were rumored to be seized in the middle of the night by government agents.
The game was rumored to have unusual flashing lights, incomprehensible sound effects, and was addicting to the point of obsession for those who played it. Rumors persisted of government agents, “Men in Black” collecting data from Polybius, while players reported symptoms including night terrors, insomnia, even hallucinations.
The game disappeared within a month of it’s supposed ship date, where it remained an urgan legend until the 2000’s, when Kurt Koller, the owner of coinop.org submitted a story regarding the unusual circumstances of the game. Then, a man claiming to be a programmer on the title, Steven Roach, came forward to Gamepro magazine, and stated the reason the game was pulled from market was due to the strobe light effects having caused a boy in Portland to have a seizure.
Steven gave no evidence of his involvement with the game and hasn’t spoken more of it since, but today Polybius lives on in popular culture, being found in the background of arcades in shows like South Park, Family Guy, and the Simpsons. #polybius #meninblack #conspiracy #xfiles #arcade #unsolvedmysteries #retrogaming #gamepast #arcadegames