Polybius: Legends of the Northwest 4

According to legend, in 1981, there were two arcade consoles released in Portland, OR called Polybius. Customers came into an unnamed arcade and played this game. They began to have seizures, fainting and experienced psychotic behavior. Depending on what story you buy into, there were men in black that allegedly removed the two games days after its release. This seems to be an urban myth based on some kernel of truth. There were reports in1981 of an unnamed arcade game with customers having similar experiences. Since then the game has shown up in an episode of the Simpsons and has become a part of modern pop culture. 8″ x 8″ acrylic on canvas by Devon Devereaux.

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2 thoughts on “Polybius: Legends of the Northwest 4

  1. davekheath says:

    I love modern urban legends and Portland has more than its fair share of them. Great painting.

  2. Gatekeeper says:

    I remember hearing this about an arcade where a machine was pulled to the back for certain reasons be it it was broken, too hard to play or just violent. You would be alone in the arcade when sudden the machine comes one and dares you to play. If you do play the machine and lose you are pulled to hell.

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