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Top 20 Video Game Glitches of All Time

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What better way to celebrate 20 million subscribers than looking at the weirdest and hilarious video game glitches out there? Welcome to Watchmojo and today we'll be counting down the Top 20 Most Famous video game glitches of all time. Have an idea you want to see made into a WatchMojo video? Check out our suggest page at http://WatchMojo.comsuggest and submit your idea.
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Top 20 Video Game Glitches Of All Time



Hmmm, this doesn’t look right at all. Welcome to Watchmojo and today in honor of hitting 20 million subscribers, we’re providing you with The Top 20 Most Famous video game glitches of all time.



Since there are so many glitches to choose from, we’ve decided to narrow down our list by steering clear of game breaking bugs and ultimately judging these glitches based on their entertainment and how infamous they are.



#20: Jumping Face



“Call of Duty: Ghosts” (2013)



This popular shooting franchise has a disturbingly hilarious secret. Equip a rocket launcher with a riot shield as your secondary weapon, then crouch and constantly aim down your sights, to create what looks like some sort of entity piercing though someone’s skull. … Just … what is that thing? It looks like it’s trying desperately to escape this poor guy, feel free to comment on what that might be…



#19: Invisible Faces


“Assassin’s Creed Unity” (2014)



The glitch that spawned a thousand nightmares for players and Ubisoft alike. Upon it’s release Assassin’s Creed Unity was plagued with so many bugs and glitches that it affected the public’s trust in the series. Yet this infamous bug stands out as the poster child for the broken mess the game was, if you ever need a reason to not fall asleep, just remember that “he” is always watching you.





#18: Round 100



“Duck Hunt” (1985)



Apparently the programmers thought no one would ever get as far as level 100 in their game. Because in the ultimate form of torment, when you get to this level (Shows dog laughing without a duck appearing)… Ok Hang on, where was the duck? (Shows the Duck flying like a supersonic jet) Oh you can’t be serious! You know if video game Olympics were a real thing, this may be a red flag to test the duck for doping.





#17: Giraffe Man



“Battlefield 3” (2011)



During the beta for Battlefield 3, there was a random glitch where a soldier may end up with no limbs and a long neck. This poor guy apparently can’t seem to crawl properly and for some reason shoots his gun with his ass, cause … he can. He scores bonus points when he grows so big he covers the subway … or … at least we think that’s him.





#16: Get A Room



“FIFA 12” (2011)



In Fifa 12 features a rare moment of over excitement that can happen where you score a goal, In which the striker starts making out with the goal keeper from the other team. … Whoa watch that hand there guys. It’s great that professional sports these days are more accepting of LGBTI players, but having lovers on opposite teams playing against each other? Is there a franchise rule against that? They probably should be traded onto the same team.





#15: Backwards Super Long Jump



“Super Mario 64” (1996)



This is popular exploit used by speedrunners to access areas of the castle previously inaccessible without obtaining a certain number of stars. Best performed in a corner, this glitch allows Mario to build up enough jump momentum to pass through solid walls, or travel incredibly longs distances Superman style. Glitch or not, the guys who do these jumps are freaking wizards.



#14: Twisted Doctor Mitchell



“Fallout: New Vegas” (2010)



This creepy glitch is strangely relevant to the story, as the intro of New Vegas starts with the player getting shot in the head, and having a doctor reconstruct the player’s brain. But upon awakening, you get the idea that he didn’t get the reconstruction quite right. Oh and if that wasn’t creepy enough, look what he does next. (Goes upto the player’s crotch) Whoa there, What are you doing? Do you know what website we’re on here?



#13: Creepy Watson



“Sherlock Holmes: Nemesis” (2007)



Known as “Sherlock Holmes verses Arsène Lupin” in Europe, The terrifying glitch has Holmes’ sidekick Dr.Watson channelling a Weeping Angel from Dr. Who, as he follows you throughout the game … but only when you’re not looking (Shows him appearing out of nowhere) AHH! Jesus dude! Apparently the developers didn’t give him a walk animation resulting in this creepy phenomenon. Oh, and it happens in the sequels too.



#12: The Corrupted Blood Incident



“World of Warcraft” (2004-)



On September 13 2005 the introduction of the Zul’Gurub raid created a server wide pandemic. The raids end boss: Hakkar the Soulflayer, would cast a spell called “Corrupted Blood” which caused players to slowly drain health for a few seconds. However the spell also spread to any NPC’s or pets, and dismissing pets would cause the debuff to remain indefinably. As a result; the spell spread like a plague across multiple servers that Blizzard was forced to do a hard reset. The incident even drew the attention of real like epidemiologists to study how humans would react in a viral outbreak. Whoa!



#11: The Ascension of the Jackdaw


“Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag” (2013)

Now here’s a glitch that seems like it came from biblical scriptures. During Edward Kenway’s travels on shore, he may return to his ship only to find it missing and the water around where it should be has parted revealing a deep hole in the ocean, plus your crew members are stuck above the hole, hovering in the air. And then things get really strange. (show crew members floating into the sky) Oh and to top it all off. (show ship rising)





#10: Demonic Babies



“Sims 3” (2009)



Now for something more relaxing, peaceful and OH MY GOD WHAT THE HELL IS THAT THING? A weird glitch that happens usually with newborn or infant Sims. We understand that their mothers will still love them. But how on earth does one give birth to something like that? Are those claws or fingers? We can’t quite figure it out.



#9: The Catapult Swingset



“Grand Theft Auto IV” (2008)



A game this big a detailed is bound to come with a few kinks, like the suicidal cops glitch. However, the one we’re going with is a glitch that’s not only humorous, but fun. Grab a car and drive to this swing set located at Firefly Projects in Broker. Then slowly drive up to it and then keep accelerating until … PULL!



#8: Hercules Check



“NHL 13” (2012)



Now this could get us to sign up for NHL Game center. Alas, the only place to really see “the Hercules Check” is in NHL 13. The glitch occurs whenever you check another player into the open bench door while a line change is occurring. What makes this Glitch even more awesome is that EA Sports released a video supposedly endorsing the glitch and acting like it was always meant to be there.



#7: Pimp my Wagon



“Red Dead Redemption” (2010)



We’ve given this entry to what one might imagine a modern gangsta would ride around in if he were around in old Wild West. Check out those Pimpin Hydraulics’ on that wooden chassis partna!!! Of course since its still a glitch, trying to actually drive one will result in.. (Shows the wagon flipping on its roof) hmm…



#6: Bad Physics



“Skate 3” (2010)



It was impossible to narrow down a single glitch from Skate 3, as the game’s unusual physics in Freeskate mode allows for some pretty hilarious moments, like trying to use the force to grab your board, or deciding to spontaneously visit the sewer by jumping through the sidewalk. Sadly, these glitches have often been cited as more entertaining than the game itself. Bummer.



#5: Glitches Galore



“Skyrim” (2011)



Skyrim also has a lot of bugs to choose from, and we’re highlighting three, the first happens at random when a dragon pulls a Powdered Toastman and ends up flying backwards, and the 2nd happens whenever you do the Ice Form Shout to an enemy on a Cliffside. And the third appears to be the fantasy equivalent of ET’s flying bike. Ever seen a horse turn into a flying pinball?





#4: Missingno



“Pokémon Red and Blue” (1998)



A popular exploited glitch that has since become legend, the bugged Pokémon with a name that stands for “Missing Number” appears by first talking to the man in Viridian City who teaches you how to catch Pokémon. Then, fly to Cinnabar Island and surf along the east coastline until the seemingly pixelated Pokémon appears. Confronting this glitch has 2 effects: it duplicates the sixth item in your inventory, but it also causes the Hall of Fame to crash. Side note: Considering his infamy why hasn’t Missingno become an legitimate Pokémon yet?



#3: SHAUN!!!



“Heavy Rain” (2010)



In the final act of the game (oh spoiler alert) when you find out who the killer was, a rare glitch can appear in what is supposed to be a very emotional scene, turning it into comedic gold. Just Watch! It’s even better when towards the end: Ethan picks up Shaun and carries him, while still shouting his name. Amazingly the glitch still remains in the PS4 re-master.



#2: Geddan



“Goldeneye 007” (1997)



This is a glitch that happens whenever the cartridge in the N64 is tilted; causing NPC’s to spin erratically and we DO NOT recommend trying to replicate it. But what makes this glitch memorable is what happened when you put the footage on the internet a little song called “Promise” by Hirose Kohmi is used as background music. The result is this amazing meme and inspired people to dance in erratic poses done completely in freeze-frame editing.



#1: Minus World



“Super Mario Bros.” (1985)



Mario might just have most famous glitch of all as it’s practically notorious with gaming itself. You can perform this glitch by clipping through the wall at the end of World 1-2 as shown here, and then travelling down the nearest pipe. This takes you to world negative 1, which is essentially world 2-2 but with one difference, once you get in the pipe, you’ll go back to the start. Meaning: You are doomed to DIE here.
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