Where modern gaming is concerned, it's starting to become less a question of if there's going to be bugs, and more where said bugs will be found. These bugs are a mixed bag: they can be irritating, aggravating, and inconvenient. In rare cases, they can completely ruin a play experience, leading to a no-win scenario. Sometimes, however; a title will wig out in such a way that one can't help but laugh.
Seeking out these glitches becomes a pastime in and of itself; their discussion and presentation becomes an art form. Today, we're looking at some of the most memorable, absurd, bizarre, and entertaining bugs in the history of games.
Stronghold 3: Wolves and Ladders
We'll start with something a little simpler: ladder-climbing wolves. See, Stronghold 3 wasn't exactly well-received at launch. The game shipped with a laundry list of bugs, one of which was the fact that wild animals were perfectly capable of climbing up guard towers to slaughter the men manning them. It serves today as a lesson in quality assurance: if you're going to develop a game, you'd best be damned sure you've tested it first.
Oblivion: Melons. Melons Everywhere
One of the most often-abused glitches in Oblivion (aside from paintbrush staircases) was the well-known item duplication bug. There were several ways to pull it off, but one of the most common (which has long since been patched out) involved the use of arrows. Using this simple exploit, you could cram an area with a flood of whatever items your heart desired. For some reason, most people defaulted to melons.
Halo's Helicopter Tanks
A rather long-standing glitch in the Halo games involves the Scorpion tank. See, it might be heavy armor, but it's always wanted to fly through the sky, free as a bird. It's possible to help it realize that dream: if you talk to it in just the right way and make it have angry sex with either a warthog or a wraith, it will begin flailing through the air, ricocheting off anything that gets in its way; its undercarriage spinning like the rotors of a helicopter.
The Mighty Spycrab
Here's one example of a glitch that ended up steamrolling out onto the larger Internet. Due to a minor and unforeseen bug in how characters in Team Fortress 2 are modeled, a few simple button taps can see anyone playing as a spy tromping around the battlefield like a crab. True to form, Valve cheerfully embraced the error, and it quickly ballooned into a meme.
Animal People(Red Dead Redemption)
Oblivion: Less-than Intelligent AI
The Cat Fountain
Giants in Space !
I also wasn't aware that those giants had a hell of a physics-defying left hook.
I never knew what hit me. Suddenly, I was sailing into the stratosphere, higher than I'd ever gone before. For one glorious moment, the entire province of Skyrim stretched out below me, and I felt as though I were one with Akatosh. Then gravity happened, and I had to reload.
Welcome to New Vegas. Know Any Exorcists?
One can't help but wonder, as the video fades to black, if the courier in that video ever managed to make it out of Goodsprings.
Goldeneye 007: Geddan
Last, but certainly not least, we've one of the most legendary glitches of all time; a bug which spawned an entire Internet sub-culture around it, inspired a new form of dance, and catapulted an otherwise unknown artist to fame. It's simply called...Geddan. See, Goldeneye had a rather curious bug where if you tilted the cartridge (or partially removed it) during play, every single character and vehicle on-screen would start flailing and spasming in an otherworldly epileptic fit.
Got any hilarious glitches of your own that you know of? anything I missed? Gimme a shout in the comments!
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Ten Things Rockstar Did Right With GTA Online
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