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August 28, 2020 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

The urban legend of the Polybius arcade game comes to life as a clever addition to your Quarter Arcade

Polybius arcade game
Be it a hoax or conspiracy, the Polybius arcade game launched a crazy story that can now exist in your ¼ scale arcade collection!
When I first heard about Numskull Design's Kickstarter campaign for Polybius I wondered how anyone could create an actual video game based on a non-existent version buried in lore. Reading a bit further I realized this is a savagely clever addition to anyone's Quarter Arcade Collection of ¼ scale fully functional arcade games. This glorious urban legend comes to live as a 10-port USB hub to power any of the Quarter Arcade games like Pac-Man, Galaga, and soon - Dig Dug.

Legend has it that an arcade game named Polybius appeared in a Pacific Northwest (USA) arcade and soon vanished. During it's brief stint it got a reputation as a very addictive game and some claimed it was a military recruitment tool or a brainwashing device installed by the CIA. Some claimed continued play invoked seizures. What ever it may have been, the urban legend has deemed it evil.

A ten-port powerhouse keeps the urban legend alive, in ¼ scale
The stark black cabinet with green-lettered marquee lives in infamy on the internet, with little to no proof of it's existence. The perfect target for great stories and assorted nonsense. Numskull designs has created the cabinet true to the few online images that exist - or do they?

While it's designed to meld with any of the Quarter Arcade titles, it isn't a game. It's a power source for your games. With ten USB ports and international plug adapters, this faux arcade game is really a power supply for games. However, I believe it has a functional screen that displays random disturbing imagery to keep the legend alive!

I think this is really clever and a wildly unique addition to anyone's Quarter Arcade collection. Give it a look on Kickstarter. This should be a very cool collectible.

Bart Simpson Polybius arcade game

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