The story goes that an arcade game called Polybius was market tested around Portland in 1981, but it was pulled because it had adverse psychological effects on those children who played it. Even darker rumors claimed Men in Black were seen collecting the profits from the machines.
Okay, this arcade game probably never existed. No compelling evidence for its existence has ever been presented.
But where did the urban legend come from? The oldest reference I could find to it is in a 2003 issue of GamePro Magazine. Did GamePro make up the whole story then, or was there a real urban legend that preceded it? Anybody know if GamePro ever came clean, or if the urban legend is documented prior to 2003?