The Legend of Polybius
According to the urban legend, this was a mind controlling video game from the early 80’s, that supposedly only existed for a short time, in a few arcades in Portland, Oregon. Supposedly there were lines going up and down the block of people wanting to play the game, and when they did, they became possessive, addicted and fights would break out in the arcades. People suffered seizures, hallucinated, had night terrors and experienced missing time. There were even reports of kids going into comas and dying before a group of “Men in Black” came to take it away for good.
The Truth: In reality, there was no such game, but versions of this story persist all over the internet, and there’s even some fan-generated games that have been developed based off vague ideas of what the game was about. Chances are, the story of Polybius comes from the real-life case of the game Bezerk, which was out at the same time and saw two kids dying immediately after playing the game. In 1981 both Jeff Dailey and Peter Burkowski, both in relatively good health, dropped dead of heart complications after posting their high scores.
Sometime after that, supposedly the legend grew to include mind control and the “MIB,” but still, this was the first case of someone dying directly from a video game. Spooky shit.