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Polybius 1981 Vintage Men’s T-Shirt



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Polybius was allegedly a mysterious arcade game that had a very limited release by way of a couple of backwater arcades in a suburb of Portland. The history of the game is cloudy, as there were all kinds of strange stories about how kids who played it got amnesia afterward, couldn’t remember their name or where they lived, etc. The bizarre rumors about this game are that it was supposedly developed for a secretive CIA program and that it used some kind of proprietary behavior modification algorithms. Kids who played it woke up at night screaming, having horrible nightmares, and suffered random migraine headaches. According to an arcade operator with one of these games in his place, men in black-type guys would come to collect “records” from the machines. The game was strange-looking, kind of abstract, fast action with some puzzle elements, and the kids who played it stopped playing games entirely, one of them even becoming a big anti-video game crusader. Despite quite a bit of interest in Polybius and several FOIA requests, no concrete evidence of this game or the alleged CIA program behind it has ever been proven to actually exist, leaving Polybius as a mysterious arcade game with a distinctly unique urban legend status. The title screen attributed a company by the name of Sinneslöschen as the developer, not-quite-idiomatic German for ‘sense delete’ or ‘sensory deprivation’ which only adds to the legend.


Like all our designs, this one is treated with our signature ‘relic-ing’ process which includes our own secret recipe of hand-painted chipping, cracking, fading, and just the right touch of yellowing to ensure that it looks the part of a true vintage imprint.** We lay these works of art down on premium Bella+Canvas 3001 Unisex Jersey Short Sleeve Tees, one of the softest, best-wearing t-shirts available today, via state of the art direct to garment (DTG) printing which allows us to create a vintage effect that simply can’t be accomplished with other printing methods. In short, these shirts are everything you’ve dreamed of and more – it feels soft and lightweight with just the right amount of stretch making it comfortable and flattering for both men and women.

  • 100% combed and ring-spun cotton*
  • Fabric weight: 4.2 oz (142 g/m2)
  • 30 single
  • Tear-away label
  • Shoulder-to-shoulder taping
  • Side-seamed
  • Retail fit
  • Runs true to size


Not sure what size is your best fit? We recommend taking one of your current t-shirts, laying it flat and measuring it. The measurements in the chart below are taken with the shirt laying on a flat surface. To get the length, measure from the high shoulder point down to the bottom of the shirt. To get the width, measure approximately 1-inch below the armhole, across the chest, from seam to seam. While our tees are all made using premium, pre-shrunk, ring-spun cotton, there can be some shrinkage depending on your personal wash and dry cycles. With that said, if you’re on the fence, we always suggest going up a size.


Width 17.99 20.00 22.01 24.02 25.98 27.99 30.00
Length 27.99 29.02 30.00 31.02 32.01 32.99 33.98
Sleeve length 8.90 9.17 9.45 9.72 10.00 10.39 10.79


All sizes are provided in inches!

*Heather colors are 52% combed and ring-spun cotton/48% polyester. Athletic and Black Heather is 90% combed and ring-spun cotton/10% polyester. Ash color is 99% Airlume combed and ring-spun cotton and 1% poly. **Due to the nature of the printing process and different sizes of shirts offered, imprint position and scale may vary slightly from the product images, but we do our best to be as accurate as possible.

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