Polybius

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Polybius is an urban legend about a rare arcade game released in 1981. The game was created by a mysterious company called Sinneslöschen (German for “Sense Deletion”) and was a puzzle/shoot-’em-up somewhat like Tempest. It was only released in a few suburbs of Portland, Oregon.

It was supposedly very popular, with people forming long lines to play it. However, players reported strange things about the game, such as hearing a woman crying and seeing grotesque faces out of the corner of their eyes. Players would also have nightmares, experienced nausea, headaches, blackouts or even develop amnesia. Some even committed suicide. Others stopped playing video games altogether and at least one became an anti-video game activist. According to one owner of an arcade, men wearing black suits would often come to collect “records” from the game.

They did not take any money, simply data on gameplay. Because of this, the leading theory is that it was some sort of government experiment using subliminal messages. The game remains in obscurity as around one month after its release, all of the cabinets suddenly disappeared. One cabinet reappeared in an arcade 1998, but quickly disappeared again. While some have tried to recreate the game, no one has ever found the original ROM.

Read more at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polybius_(video_game)

Polybius Arcade Console

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Silver
3 years ago

very interesting, though not a pasta, still very interested in learning more about this.

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ThirtySev
5 years ago

why is everyone so rude….
people are only rude because they have no idea what a ‘creepy pasta’ is and they think they do so they come here to tell you that you’re doing it wrong..

this is exactly a creepy pasta..
it piqued my curiosity.. the only bad thing is that li nk is not to the video game but more for different names for schools of fish.. but i am very very curious about this now !!

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Chaoticjam
6 years ago

Maybe next time you could write the story in the perspective of someone that played the game, making it a bit creepier. Its an interesting subject~

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JF13
6 years ago

Not a creepy pasta,but still an intresting read.

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thedemonIx
6 years ago

Its scary only because it’s so awful. SHAME!!!

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Toob05
6 years ago

Good, but I think if you made a story on someone’s experience playing the game, and, what they when through it would be a little more entertaining.

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Painis_Cupcake
6 years ago

Why is this on here? it’s just some infomation then a wikipedia link.

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Crystal07
7 years ago

I’ve heard this pasta before. It’s an original one. The incident it true.

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Volixagarde
7 years ago

Not even a story :/

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KillerAnimatronic
7 years ago

Copypastas are getting too common, and THIS ISNT EVEN A FUCKING PASTA! IT IS A COPY AND PASTE FROM WIKEPEDIA, AND IT HAS NO STORY!

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PSYCHOpathicPinapple
7 years ago

This is not a story but more of a fact file its not fun to read and I might as well have went on wikipedia and searched up lynching

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Supernova6
7 years ago

How did this get approved while mine hasn’t even been looked at? This isn’t creepy.

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Eyksskye
7 years ago

Interesting, may not be a story but its creepy information on a weird game. The government does some weird crap. Sounds like some sort of paranormal stuff. I now want to look into this.

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TheDeathHacker
7 years ago

this is not even a story,just a copy from the creepypasta wikia (http://creepypasta.wikia.com/wiki/Polybius)

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TheDeathHacker
7 years ago

this is not even a story,just a copy from wikipedia

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TheMadGamer
7 years ago

Is it disturbing that I’ve seen this thing with my own eyes?

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Darker_Half
7 years ago

Fear the return of Arcade Games!!!!! uuuu~uuhh~hhh

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Creepa99
7 years ago

Wow this is a very terrible creepypasta or “copypasta.”

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UrlichSmash
8 years ago

6/10

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xJeffofallTradesx
8 years ago

Thanks for the information, but this isn’t a creepypasta. It could start a creepypasta, but it can’t stand on its own.