Urban Secrets - Netflix

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Award-winning Hollywood actor and writer, Alan Cumming, unearths hidden gems and fascinating stories from within some of Britain's most iconic urban environments. Each episode of Urban Secrets takes viewers on a stunning and intriguing journey through the length and breadth of the country, and explores the incredible tales of each city. From the secret places, unknown history and great characters that lie buried behind the everyday and tourist trails, Cumming uncovers hidden gems off the tourist trail and the different factors which make each destination world renowned. He glides through the historical evolution of each landmark, and is joined by a number of famous names and local experts. Their insights help give this world renowned city its unique character and spirit that will both entertain and surprise viewers.

Urban Secrets - Netflix

Type: Documentary

Languages: English

Status: Ended

Runtime: 60 minutes

Premier: 2012-07-05

Urban Secrets - Polybius (urban legend) - Netflix

Polybius is a fictitious arcade game that originated from an urban legend created in 2000. The original game's actual existence has never been authoritatively proven, but it has served as inspiration for several free and commercial games by the same name. The urban legend is that the game was part of a government-run crowdsourced psychology experiment, with gameplay producing intense psychoactive and addictive effects in the player. These few publicly staged arcade machines were said to have been visited periodically by men in black for the purpose of data-mining the machines and analyzing these effects. Finally, all of these Polybius arcade machines allegedly disappeared from the arcade market. Polybius is thought to take its name from that of the Greek historian Polybius, who was known for his assertion that historians should never report what they cannot verify through interviews with witnesses.

Urban Secrets - In popular culture - Netflix

Polybius machines have appeared in the background of arcade scenes on television shows and in other media. In the 2006 episode of The Simpsons, titled “Please Homer, Don't Hammer 'Em”, a Polybius cabinet appears in an arcade full of outdated arcade machines from the 1970s and 1980s, bearing a single button and printed with the words “property of US Government”. The game also appears in the background of two episodes of the 2014 television show The Goldbergs and a poster advertising the game is present in the local theater, in the comic Batman Inc. No. 1 (2012), on a T-shirt in Vertigo's 2008 House of Mystery series, and as the central theme in the fourth episode of season one of the sci-fi series Dimension 404 (2017). The Polybius legend is an integral part of the plot of Doomsday Arcade, a video series hosted by Escapist. It is also used as part of the plot setup in Armada: A Novel by Ernest Cline. Kevin Meyer (write and teacher)'s story Out of Order is written from the first-person vantage point of a player addicted to a Polybius sequel, thirty years after the original. The story appears in City of Weird: 30 Otherworldly Portland Tales edited by Gigi Little. The creation and promulgation of the Polybius myth were explored in the Radiotopia podcast The Polybius Conspiracy, which originally aired in 2017. The story blends facts from the period with fictional characters and storylines. The game was the subject of episodes of Game Theory in 2012 , The Angry Video Game Nerd and Youtuber Ahoy's “POLYBIUS - The Video Game That Doesn't Exist” in 2017.

Urban Secrets - References - Netflix