The latest EP from Nine Inch Nails, Add Violence, drops on July 21st, and frontman Trent Reznor shocked and delighted fans by dropping a surprise video for the first single yesterday. Less Than opens with a young woman sitting down to play a retro-style video game called Polybius. It’s a reference to an infamous urban legend about an arcade game used by the US Government for mind control experimentation on unsuspecting subjects. Those unlucky enough to have fallen under Polybius’ addictive power suffered hallucinations, insomnia, and, in some cases, full-blown psychoses.
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Will the young woman in the Less Than video suffer any of these crippling affects? Will you fall under the spell of Polybius as well? Press play and see what lies at the bottom of this throbbing rabbit hole—if you dare! If you make it to the end, there’s an unmistakable shout out to David Cronenberg’s techno horror Videodrome (released in 1983 and staring James Woods); pay close attention because if you blink you’ll miss it!
Survived? Good! Interested in learning more about Polybius? The video below from The Gaming Historian will give you the complete scoop. Enjoy!
About The Gaming Historian on YouTube: The Gaming Historian is a documentary series all about the history of video games. I also like to review books and certain games that I find interesting. The show is researched, written, edited, and created by Norman Caruso.
What did you think of NIN’s Less Than? Do you believe in the urban legend Polybius? And did you catch the nod to David Cronenberg? Sound off in the Comments section!