Mirror: No, I don’t think many have, actually.
Dorkpool: Of course not! It’ll make you a brainwashed slave of the government, and/or give you seizures!
Dorkpool: Yeah. Anyway, let’s just stand back for skeletons and Riff this bitch.
That haunted arcade game from 1981 in Portland Oregon.
It sounded familiar, but it's really foggy.
Maybe all my anger issues and stuff come from this.
Mirror: (Narrator): Or maybe it’s from my steroid abuse.
Side effects caused by a game I feel I once played but was erased from my memory only slightly.
THIS STORY IS 50% TRUE - 25% RUMOR AND 25% UNKNOWN
Dorkpool: (Narrator): UNKNOWN INCLUDES HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, PINK SLIME, AND RED DYE NUMBER 33.
Polybius - The History
Polybius is introduced into the arcades in 1981. It is said to have different forms. Space shooter, shooter, maze, maze shooter.... So.. many different gamemodes!
Mirror: So many…Shaterner-esque…ellipses…
It was developed by ... well there are many theories. One is that Atari made it for the Cia's MK Ultra.
Another is that Shigeru Miyamoto made it. It was a maze shooter where you had to react in the correct way to the enemies.
Another and the most conclusive one is that it was developed by a company called "Sinneslochen". A bad-translation for "sense-deletion".
Dorkpool: This is why you shouldn’t use Google translate to name your company.
Polybius comes in here. The game became popular. Fights broke out. Strange side effects recorded. Months later they all disappear.
Then one reappears and then it disappears.
Then another, but "THEN A SKELETON POPPED OUT".
Mirror: Wait, did this story just make a joke for us?
Dorkpool: I think so.
Mirror: Great. Our jobs are being outsourced to Creepypasta writers.
It wasn't a Skeleton though, it was some cheap guy standing on a strobe-light with a Chewbacca mask.
My Story of Polybius
I saw Polybius on YouTube by the video "Creepy Gaming : Polybius : Real, or Fake? S2E2" by "TheStickyPaddle". I thought it was some Portal - related thing or something like Portal. I was off.
Dorkpool: Just a tad.
Later, when I saw the Cabinet. I looked at the title, thinking "Galaga" or "Space Shooter" or "Oh yeah that one space shooter" or whatever. It was familiar.
I kind of found myself obsessed with finding all the info I could on it that night. I even found myself led to this site's page on it.
Mirror: (Narrator): After looking up tons of porn.
I couldn't dig up any more than a description until I watched MatthewPatrick13's Game Theory episode. The most interesting and educational one to me on this subject.
Dorkpool: (MattPat): Welcome to Game Theory, the show that was said to be educational and interesting in the same story that has the phrase, “THEN A SKELETON POPPED OUT.”
But looking at the title of the game made me remember something. I swear I played it before!
I still love gaming and all but none of the real side effects applied to me... until now. I found out that when I was 2, I had a seizure. I think I had heard of games before but I when we got our PS2 I finally played a lot of the arcade classics on Namco's 20th Anniversary Collection. At least that's what I THINK it was called.
Mirror: (Narrator): Maybe it was called George. Or Freckles. Or Johnlock. I’m not sure.
Polybius might've been the cause of that seizure.. and my parents and I were both forced to forget it and I forgot the whole thing but my Mom and Dad remember it as my medicine being faulty.
If the medicine story is true, then oh well.. but if Sinneslochen or the CIA brainwashed us... That might be something to key up today.
Dorkpool: (Narrator): You know, now that I think about it, I might have been brainwashed. It’d explain why I keep espousing the virtues of Ingsoc, at any rate.
So, all conspiracy theories aside, there are victims of brainwashing, and some still have forgotten, but some can remember.
Mirror: They remember, don’t worry. How can they ever forget? It’s the first time, the last time, they ever met.
Dorkpool: This story is…confusing.
Mirror: It’s hard to know how to feel. On the one hand, some parts are right (ish); as someone who did see the Game Theory video mentioned here, I know some of the theories behind Polybius. As such, the story does sort of report it factually. However, there are parts that are very strange, like the “THEN A SKELETON POPPED OUT” line. What was the point of that? It just came out of nowhere, and is never mentioned again. Is it meant to be funny? Serious? Same with the line after the skeleton one. Also, the part with the narrator’s experience really isn’t necessary, and just raises more questions. For example, if Polybius was part of the Namco 20th Anniversary Collection, why has no one mentioned this before? If it wasn’t, why didn’t the narrator Google it? Actually, it turns out, Polybius actually wasn’t on it, so that whole part was not necessary to the story. Also, there are some spelling and grammar errors here and there.
Dorkpool: There are good things. The story did correctly list come of the theories about Polybius and, even with the padding, isn’t all that long, so it’s not a drag. And the spelling and grammar is decent. However, it’s still not that good. But that’s what we think. What do you guys think? Was the story good? Was the Riff good? Do you wish we’d be brainwashed? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.