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)

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  • Commented on February 9, 2015 at 3:01 am

    You did really well on this , must have took you some time to do all the research for this creepy pasta. Job well done…….

  • Commented on February 9, 2015 at 4:26 pm

    what the heck? how did this got approved? (RIP 1000 influnce) this is not creepy at all, this is just information about a rare game and there is not even a story。

  • Commented on February 9, 2015 at 6:35 pm

    this is utter crap. i just read this exact article on wikipedia. nice cutting and pasting, mate.

  • Commented on March 3, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    i wonder why wood they want a ROM

  • Commented on March 5, 2015 at 12:15 am

    This is not a pasta

  • Commented on April 23, 2015 at 7:06 pm

    I would like to learn more about polybius, it seems like a very interesting subject.

  • xX420Xx(skinwalker
    Commented on April 28, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    My uncle had all those side effects happen to him because he played the game but still living life 😀

  • Discopie
    Commented on April 28, 2015 at 10:55 pm

    I think that there could have been more of the describing and maybe a person describing the experience that they had and like haunting in every video game that they played after that.

  • Unknown
    Commented on May 10, 2015 at 12:02 am

    this game did exist and was made by atari. I did some looking around and found a newspaper wkith a picture of the game. also, there is an atari game cartridge called polybius that cause seizures.

  • Commented on May 14, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    This is not a great thing. Why would you put this on a creepypasta site?! This is for scary stories, true or otherwise! Not old wive’s tales!

  • Commented on June 21, 2015 at 9:41 am

    Although this isn’t an original, I still thought it was interesting.
    But there could’ve been more details added.

  • Commented on August 2, 2015 at 5:10 am

    Atleast you tried.

  • Danny
    Commented on August 11, 2015 at 1:04 am

    The truth behind this urban legend is actually quite interesting.

  • Commented on August 11, 2015 at 8:47 am

    I thought this one was actually quite “meh”. Not awful, and barely considered a creepypasta since it at least had the “creepy themes” like strange effects after playing a game and the actual reason why being unknown. I would actually consider that in the “creepy zone” right next to old people and the homeless. Not super scary, and it’s a video game pasta so not good in subject, and not good in length since it is a bit too short to have any real effect at all. So yeah, 2/5. Only because a 1 means i cringed and vomited at how terrible it was.

  • derpylink97
    Commented on September 15, 2015 at 5:31 pm

    this is true and one man died of a heart attack after get a score w/ the same number as the mark of the beast

  • Commented on September 18, 2015 at 3:25 am

    This doesn’t give me any scary feels.

  • Commented on September 22, 2015 at 8:47 am

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

  • Commented on November 6, 2015 at 4:27 pm


  • Commented on December 11, 2015 at 7:46 pm

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

  • Commented on December 30, 2015 at 6:09 pm

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

  • Commented on January 26, 2016 at 12:16 am

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

  • Commented on March 18, 2016 at 4:27 am

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

  • Commented on March 18, 2016 at 4:31 am

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

  • Commented on March 18, 2016 at 3:53 pm

    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.

  • Commented on April 15, 2016 at 7:01 pm

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

  • Commented on June 7, 2016 at 8:58 pm

    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

  • Commented on July 29, 2016 at 11:43 am


  • Commented on October 7, 2016 at 10:31 pm

    Not even a story :/

  • Commented on October 17, 2016 at 7:04 pm

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

  • Commented on January 6, 2017 at 7:23 pm

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

  • Commented on March 2, 2017 at 10:07 pm

    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.

  • Commented on April 24, 2017 at 10:17 pm

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

  • Commented on May 8, 2017 at 5:40 pm

    Not a creepy pasta,but still an intresting read.

  • Commented on August 21, 2017 at 8:04 pm

    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~

  • Commented on February 13, 2018 at 8:20 pm

    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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