Video Game Urban Legends

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From video games that drive kids to suicide to those that predict the future, video game urban legends are probably about as reliable as any other urban legend. That being said, these creepy stories are certainly entertaining. Take, for example, the rumors of Polybius:

Polybius was an arcade game that mysteriously appeared in an arcade in Portland, Oregon in the early 1980s. The cabinet was completely black except for the green joysticks and the logo at the top of the machine. The game combined elements of classic shooters like Tempest, mazes like in Pac-Man and spatial puzzles. When played, it supposedly caused all sorts of health problems including amnesia, blackouts, nausea, seizures, headaches, night terrors and, in some cases, players were reported to commit suicide not long after playing. It is also said that men dressed in all black would often be seen messing with the game leading some to speculate that the device was not a video game but a government experiment.

Do any of you know someone who knew someone who died after playing Berzerk or who played a haunted video game?

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August 27, 2013 - 8:00am
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