7 Terrifying Urban Legends That Turned out to Be True

#6. Polybius

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If you’re into vintage video games (or have been alive long enough to have played “vintage” games during their first run), then you’ve probably heard ofPolybius – an arcade game that was supposed to have had caused strange effects in its players: disorientation, amnesia, addiction, and even suicide. The cabinet was painted entirely black, and it was also rumored that men in suits would come and collect information from the machine before disappearing. paranormal investigator paranormal experiences paranormal meaning paranormal show

It might sound like the plot of the next season of Stranger Things, but some of it is rooted in fact. Brian Dunning, who hosts the Skeptoid podcast, found that a 12-year-old boy named Brian Mauro  became sick during a 28-hour marathon contest in 1981 (I mean…28 hours of any game would do that to me, but okay), and, a few days later, Portland-area arcades were raided by federal agents who seized cabinets that were allegedly being used for gambling. Those stories, along with perhaps a few others, come together to create the legend. paranormal investigator paranormal experiences paranormal meaning paranormal show

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