Back in the day, arcades were no stranger to all sort of bullshit myths about cabinets and the games they housed. In this internet tall tale, one of those myths is true—and it’s the stuff of nightmares.

Chilling Tales For Dark Nights has uploaded a great creepypasta that you should listen to if you have 17 minutes to spare. It combines the Milgram experiment with video games, and the result is a fantastically produced story about a young man who is invited into a ‘secret game room’ operated by an arcade’s owner. Rumor has it that the room contains all manner of legendary cabinets, from risque games that cannot be displayed in the main area, to unreleased stuff that would make any gamer’s mouth water. Naturally, the protagonist wants to check it out. But what he finds there is not at all what he expects:

Or, if you’d prefer to read this tale authored by R.D. Ovenfriend, you can do so here. I’d recommend listening while reading, though—a lot of this is in the great delivery by Jeff Clement (narrator), Jesse Cornett and David Cummings, so you should experience that if possible.

(Top photo by Hal Hex | Flickr)