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10 Insane Glitches that Actually Made Video Games Better
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  • 10 Insane Video Game Glitches That Made the Game Better
  • When video games were in their infancy, glitches were rare.
  • It's hard to screw up the programming in Pong.
  • But as games grow in size and complexity, errors pop up that leave gamers scratching
  • their heads.
  • These are ten of craziest, most mind-bending glitches that somehow actually made the games
  • better.
  • Grand Theft Auto V -- Flying Sharks Water environments in video games are always
  • terrifying.
  • You're usually struggling against a limited air supply, slow movement, and the fact that
  • you're no longer top of the food chain.
  • Grand Theft Auto V brings that same horror to you...out of the water.
  • The sharks in GTA V couldn't care less about the laws of physics.
  • Nature's perfect killing machine will swim right up out of the water and into the air,
  • and this isn't just an amusing glitch.
  • The sharks won't hesitate to take a bite out of you.
  • It's like the universe decided to avenge all those poor innocents you ran down instead
  • of doing the missions.
  • Halo 2 -- Super Jumping We're convinced there's a perfectly technical
  • explanation for why certain locations in Halo 2 had the potential to send you soaring into
  • the air, but a far more reasonable answer is that the earth decided to reject you for
  • sucking.
  • Certain multiplayer maps allowed players to 'super jump' to otherwise unreachable locations.
  • A common strategy was to grab a sniper rifle and run for the jump site, then spend the
  • rest of the map tidily picking off the enemy team.
  • The only problem was when players didn't know how, and instead handed off the power weapons
  • to the enemy team instead of paying attention to what's around them.
  • Looking at you, XxSniperxX420.
  • World of Warcraft -- Biological Warfare It's not often than an in-game incident attracts
  • the attention of the CDC, but if any game could, it would be World of Warcraft.
  • After Blizzard introduced Hakkar the Soulflayer, a boss for the 20-man raid Zul'Gurub, players
  • quickly lamented the Corrupted Blood spell.
  • Not only could it drop HP to zero extraordinarily quickly, but it could spread to anyone nearby.
  • It's no surprise then than Hunters realized they could dismiss their pets and carry the
  • disease with them...out of the raid.
  • Soon, players were spreading the Corrupted Blood plague into major cities, completely
  • wiping out population centers with speeds that made the Bubonic Plague sit back and
  • pout with jealousy.
  • Pokemon Red/Blue -- Missingo Ah, Pokemon.
  • The game that defined so many childhoods and launched the worldwide phenomena we know and
  • love today.
  • When Pokemon Red and Blue were released, the cartridges weren't capable of storing a huge
  • amount of data.
  • After all was said and done, there were 256 potential slots for Pokemon, of which only
  • 151 were used.
  • Missingo is short for "missing number," and was the error code thrown out by the game
  • when it didn't know what Pokemon should appear.
  • Missingo could be a variety of different, weird-looking sprites, but was far better
  • known for the side effect: producing a near-infinite amount of whatever the sixth item in your
  • inventory is.
  • Hello, Rare Candies.
  • The Sims -- Demon Babies The Sims is an incredibly popular franchise,
  • especially among gamers who prefer a more laid-back style of gameplay that doesn't involve
  • guns.
  • But it may involve an exorcism here and there.
  • A strange glitch has appeared, which gives certain player's babies the look of children
  • that need to be bathed in holy water.
  • Distended limbs, bulging eyes, grotesque fingernails, you name it -- these babies are freaky.
  • The cause of the glitch isn't fully known, although it's suspected that it stems from
  • people playing on computers that aren't quite up to the task of running The Sims.
  • Civilization -- Nuclear Ghandicaust Perhaps the most famous glitch of all time
  • comes from Civilization.
  • Veteran players will remember how Ghandi, a peace-loving character, would suddenly turn
  • psychotic and being nuking the planet.
  • None of that was intention.
  • The leaders in Civilization were given 'aggression ratings' to match their real-world counterparts.
  • To no one's surprise, Ghandi's aggression rating was the lowest it could be: one.
  • But Ghandi would always try to win through Diplomacy, which resulted in his aggression
  • rating being lowered by two points.
  • Since computer code doesn't go into the negatives, this looped it back around to a rating of
  • 255.
  • In the span of a single turn, the peace-loving Ghandi would lose every shred of sanity and
  • begin dropping atom bombs from orbit like it was going out of style.
  • And it was.
  • Because Ghandi killed everything.
  • Space Invaders -- Increasing Difficulty Almost every gamer alive knows of Space Invaders
  • and the way it increased it's difficulty -- by making the aliens move quickly the less there
  • were on screen.
  • The only problem is...they're supposed to move at the same speed.
  • Tomohiro Nishikado, the developer of the game, spent a full year building the hardware required
  • to run it.
  • Even then, the hardware struggled to keep up.
  • As you kill the enemies, the hardware is able to render the graphics more quickly, resulting
  • in one of the best-known difficulty sliders today.
  • Race N'Chase -- Psychotic Cops Long before Grand Theft Auto, a small studio
  • called DMA Design produced a game called Race N Chase.
  • There were two major problems.
  • Play testers thought it sucked, and the game could barely run without crashing.
  • More and more updates were put in place to stabilize the code, but all of these updates
  • had one major consequence: they made the police AI in the game completely insane.
  • Rather than drive like normal people, the police would ram players and try to crash
  • them.
  • The play testers loved this accidental mechanic, and the studio ran with it.
  • While Race N Chase was never released by that name, it was released later -- as Grand Theft
  • Auto.
  • And DMA Design is now known as Rockstar.
  • An accidental glitch created one of the most popular game franchises of all time.
  • Skyrim -- Bucket Head It's almost cheating to put a Bethesda title
  • on a list of glitches.
  • There are so many strange events that happen in open-world games, especially those the
  • size of Skyrim, but one in particular stands out.
  • Skyrim lets players move items around, perhaps for the purpose of decoration.
  • One player decided to pick up a bucket and put it on a shopkeeper's head, and then quickly
  • realized the shopkeeper was completely blind.
  • It's thievery made easy.
  • Just find a bucket, drop it upside down on someone's head, and cue up Yakety Sax while
  • you clean out all of their worldly possessions.
  • Super Smash Bro.
  • Brawl -- Pikaman Dedicated Smash Bros. players got a bit bored
  • of the base game and decided to change out character movesets.
  • After all, who wouldn't want to play as Pikachu with Ganondorf's moves?
  • Totally innocent, right?
  • Wrong.
  • As players quickly discovered, some changes should never be made.
  • Swapping Pikachu's moves for Ganondorf's resulted in human transmutation-levels of crimes against
  • humanity.
  • Because the game expected limbs to be in a certain position certain techniques, the character
  • skins were stretched out, resulting in what players dubbed Pikaman -- an abomination of
  • all Pikachu's cuteness, and proof that true evil exists in the world.
  • Video games, right?
  • Glitches are inevitable, but sometimes they lead the enough hilarity to make up for the
  • occasional inconvenience.
  • If you have any glitch stories you'd like to share, comment below!
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Grand Theft Auto V -- Flying Sharks
Halo 2 -- Super Jumping
World of Warcraft -- Biological Warfare
Civilization -- Nuclear Ghandicaust
Space Invaders -- Increasing Difficulty
Race N'Chase -- Psychotic Cops
Super Smash Bro. Brawl -- Pikaman
Skyrim -- Bucket Head
The Sims -- Demon Babies
Pokemon Red/Blue -- Missingo

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