Polybius Spotting On The Goldbergs

Stop playing little girl!

Stop playing little girl!

I’m a huge fan of the nostalgia-filled show The Goldbergs. It really captures what it was like to be a kid in the 80s! The makers really did their research too! In the latest episode “The Age of Darkness”, which deals with video game addiction, the mythical Polybius machine can be spotted next to Punch-Out in the arcade. This is the second time this urban legend has surfaced in a sitcom to my knowledge. It’s pretty funny how this stuff survives and makes its way into mainstream. If you never heard the story, wikipedia says:

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 proved to be incredibly popular, to the point of addiction, and lines formed around the machines, often resulting in fighting over who played next. This was 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. In some versions of this mystery, the players suffered from a series of unpleasant side effects, including amnesia, insomnia, nightmares and night terrors. Some players stopped playing video games, while reportedly one became an anti-gaming activist. The company named in most accounts of the game, Sinneslöschen (German meaning “deletion/erasure of senses, Sense-delete”).


The Goldberg’s theme song is appropriately 1980’s 8-bit rock from the awesome gand “I Fight Dragons”, check it out:


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  1. Adam McKibben

     /  November 30, 2016

    In the episode “Recipe for Death II : Kiss The Cook” as Murray and Adam are leaving the cinema after seeing Commando you can see a poster advertising the game.


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