Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Polybius (game)

For nearly a year now I've been obsessed with The Legend of Polybius.

"According to the story, an unheard-of new arcade game appeared in several suburbs of Portland, Oregon in 1981, something of a rarity at the time. The game, Polybius, proved to be incredibly popular, to the point of addiction, and lines formed around the machines, quickly followed by clusters of visits from men in black. Rather than the usual marketing data collected by company visitors to arcade machines, they collected some unknown data, allegedly testing responses to the psychoactive machines. The players themselves suffered from a series of unpleasant side-effects, including amnesia, insomnia, nightmares, night terrors, and even suicide in some versions of the legend."[1]

Continuing; within the first week of discovering the game I found the all well known Sinneslöschen Polybius Game which was merely made up by a group of friends to recreate the game to the best of their ability according to internet resources and their imagination.
The game, which can be downloaded here; was enough to keep me awake at night and form shapes and faces in the pitch black of my bedroom at night.

Regardless, within less than a week of gameplay the game had become boring but it always remained a very intriguing story.

A month on...
I began to write a Polybius Story; based on the affairs of Claire Tistle, and Jonsi Bachman and their interference with a dark, shady goverment which slowly drags them into the black unknown. (This story is still being written, but on request I'll gladly share the current document).

Recently however my attention has been drawn to this.
Yes, it's a music video about the game. Unfortunetly I trolled myself into thinking Polybius 2 had been released to the public.

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polybius_%28game%29

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