Urban myths about video games have existed since the first arcade cabinets appeared in bars and pizza parlors, and as video games became a big part of our pop culture lovin’ lives the myths surrounding them began to multiply.
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But there’s one somewhat silly myth created in the 21st century that centers around a mysterious arcade cabinet from 1981 that doesn’t exist- the myth of Polybius.
The Hulu show Dimension 404 had a fun episode about it, the internet is full of people who weren’t even born in the 80s speculating about its supposed origin, and yet there is no proof an arcade game called Polybius ever existed.
This hourlong documentary by Stuart “Ahoy” Brown explores the mythical arcade game that’s supposedly a government agency’s recruitment tool or a device of alien origin but is actually pure science fiction.