Glitches, those persistent little gremlins, influenced by a corrosive inclination to disrupt your simulated exploits, that seem to contaminate your games with vindictive, concentrated ambition. I’ve already expressed my consuming hatred for these grotesque defects which subtract the sterility of the experience when your game freezes (Skyrim), falters (Skyrim), Lags (Skyrim) and generally performs as efficiently as Andy Murray during a personality test (well, you probably know what game I’m referring by now). But during these festive times of forgiveness and reflection over the years events, I felt compelled to positively reflect on something as fundamentally aggravating as nuisance insects, whose delicate little vertebra’s you’d sadistically, but happily pound into fine paste, and scrape the excess sentimentally into the nearest convenient, waste disposal facility. But the unpredictable nature of glitches aren’t always crippling, some are undeniably hysterical.
Exposing a games frailties becomes simplicity itself after extended play, despite your initial awe pertaining to its quality and validity when first embraced, you begin to notice the slight irregularities with textures, or fluctuations with the enemy AI. You voluntarily mock a game you were enjoying, which in my view is a positive observation. You subconsciously don’t want a game to be perfect, you don’t want it to be the be the best, you may strive for perfection, but the very notion that a series you admire will never improve over its predecessor is a terrible thought to conceal. Of course the severity of the glitch is a huge influence, and of course faltering performances are often preludes to frustration; crashing for instance isn’t fun nor acceptable, particularly ones that lessen the legitimacy of sobriety, thereby hastening your descent into gaming lunacy, as you begin to babble incoherently about the unappreciated brilliance of the N-Gage *passes straight jacket*. But certain tolerances must be considered.
You don’t want to be regressing to a stage of constant validation, nor one of complete ignorance, certain lenience’s should be far more beneficial and sometimes minor comical miscalculations seem almost natural. A recently defeated enemy levitates or convulses without explanation, or faces begin to invert, an executed leap leaves you suspended helplessly in mid-air, it’s these complacent oversights of a games general flaws and its execution that instills a sense of individuality. Many games convey many similar commonalities, so an almost non strategic implementation of ignorance, inadvertently aids a game to stand out from its peers, often for the worst, but occasionally for the better.
Sure you don’t expect a game to be essentially broken, I mean you wouldn’t expect to purchase a car without a steering wheel, and many glitches are often dependant on your own tolerances which can fluctuate rapidly depending on your own mental frailties. A minor technical glitch that never bothered you before could after increased participation, become an abhorrent, fanatical obstacle. Allowing emissive retorts to uncontrollable situations, should never dictate your expeditions, but where possible-exempting the biblical derisive bugs-glitches should be regarded with a sense of blissful ambiguity, and a mild smirk of understanding.
What are the funniest glitches you’ve come across? And also the most frustrating? Let me know your opinions.