A local arcade hall was attracting more visitors than normal. All the games were busy but only one had a long line of people wanting to play – a new game – Polybius. The players couldn’t stop playing. When they were finally forced off it, they began to act strangely.
They felt nauseous, stressed and had terrifying nightmares, others had seizures. There were even reports of all the madness forcing people to suicide. The one common thing that everyone felt was that they were unable to control their own thoughts. Then, people began to notice that the game was being serviced a lot more than usual. Other games might get checked by technicians once a month, but Polybius was being checked every week. Men in black suits would come, record its data and leave – they would never take the coins and seem to have no interest in the money.
After a while of this, the mysterious arcade game vanished as soon as it arrived – taken by the same men in suits. People believed that the men and the machine were from the CIA – that it was all part of a mind control program – an experiment that was sending subliminal messages to players.