The Internet and video game communities coming together has resulted in a marriage that has been hilariously entertaining, at times, and also downright brutal in other instances. Part of the joy that has come from this figurative union has been the spread of so-called video game conspiracy theories that have grown and grown over the years. Video game conspiracy theories existed well before the Internet was available to us via our phones, sure, but the fact that we can log onto websites such as Twitter and onto forums in an instant makes reading and posting about these myths as easy as turning on your PlayStation.
Some of the well-known video game conspiracy theories out there have stemmed from basic misunderstandings resulting from frustrated gamers who did not understand what it was that they were seeing on television or arcade screens. Others, however, have become part of popular culture because of real-life events that impacted more than just video games. There is a good reason that National Football League fans cringe whenever they hear about the opening stages of the voting process for an upcoming version of a Madden video game. Truth be told, there are probably even NFL players who have millions of dollars on the line and who would rather not be associated with that game, all because of a popular conspiracy theory.
Other supposed video game conspiracy theories are just plain weird. The one that tops the list involves what is, according to legend, an old arcade game that severely impacted the minds of players who dared step up to it. Even the theories regarding this game have not always matched up, as they have included everything from gamers experiencing headaches after playing to the arcade game leading to people actually committing suicide. Was this game a tool of the government, perhaps a weapon that would be used in the future? Did it ever even exist? You'll have to read on to learn more.
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Polybius would serve as the king of video game conspiracy theories if such a monarch were to exist. Portland, Oregon was the home of this game that caused some unusual and worrisome effects for gamers. Everything from amnesia to nightmares to suicidal tendencies were linked with this game from the early 1980s, and it was suggested that Polybius may have been used by the CIA or some branch of the military as a test weapon. It is a cool storyline for a movie, but everything about it is untrue. There was never even a Polybius game; or at least that is what the government wants you to believe.
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