4 Of The Biggest Glitches In Gaming History
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gaming glitchesAs long as gaming exists, glitches and bugs will be a part of them. They have always been around, and they will not be going anywhere. It’s one of things that just happens. Games on the NES 5 NES Games That You May Have Never Heard Of That You Can Play Online 5 NES Games That You May Have Never Heard Of That You Can Play Online Everyone knows of Mario, Contra, Excitebike, Rad Racer, Metroid, and a few others, but there are some really awesome and under-appreciated NES games that still deserve some love even today. With Nestopia, you can always... Read More were filled with glitches and errors, and games on the PS4 PS4 vs Xbox One: 5 Reasons To Buy The PS4 PS4 vs Xbox One: 5 Reasons To Buy The PS4 E3 2013 marked the moment when the next-generation truly began, with all three contenders -- the PlayStation 4 (PS4), Xbox One, and Wii U -- revealed in full. The Wii U is already on the... Read More will eventually have them, too. There are even certain gamers out there who take a certain amount of pride in finding these mess-ups and exploiting them.

Are glitches always bad though? Sometimes they can turn out to be pretty awesome. Some games have gained significant notoriety for flukes and glitches that developers let slip by. Sometimes these glitches are so significant that they actually contribute and help shape certain parts of a game. In this post, let’s look at four of the most popular glitches in the history of gaming.

Diablo: Duplicating Items

This is one of those glitches that’s plagued the Diablo Why I love Diablo 3 & Can't Stop Playing It Why I love Diablo 3 & Can't Stop Playing It The dust has finally settled on Diablo 3. When it came out, things were crazy. Error 37s were happening all over the place and I felt lucky if I could even get in and play... Read More series, and this genre of games in general. Being able to duplicate in-game items or currency is the holy grail of all gaming glitches. In the original Diablo, it was relatively easy.

The video above is a little long, but shows the gaming glitch in great detail. You can create duplicates of any item by exchanging it for one in your inventory. You first drop an item , then when you go to pick it up off of the ground, you must quickly click the item you want to replace it with from your inventory. It must be done quick in order to work. The game erases the item you’ve clicked and duplicates the item that you’ve originally dropped.

This is that huge glitch that gamers dream about and developers have nightmares over.

Pokémon: Missingno

Missingno is the best proof that even the people who code for some of the most popular games in the world aren’t exactly perfect.

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At worst, Missingno is a graphical inconvenience. At best, you can practically come up with infinite Master Balls.

Super Smash Bros. Melee: Play as Master Hand

This is a glitch so complex and completely obscure that I can’t imagine how someone would go about just randomly figuring it out. There’s got to be some kind of insider information going around behind this one, but we may never know the truth.

The most intriguing thing is that this glitch was apparently first discovered years after the game’s release. Want to play as Master Hand? No problem. First, have two controllers. One must be in the third port, the other doesn’t matter. Controller #3 needs to not pick a character, but press A on the name selection field. The other controller must select a character and hover the back button. Then, both controllers must press A at the same time. Pick a stage, and you’re Master Hand.

Who figures this stuff out?

Donkey Kong: The Kill Screen

This is one of those “glitches” that you want to encounter. If you reach the kill screen in Donkey Kong, you are a real gamer.

A kill screen is a stage in a game that stops a player’s progress. This is usually due to an error in the game’s code or a mistake in the design. Games will often freeze, crash, glitch out, or just go nuts.

On the 22nd stage of Donkey Kong, you get the kill screen. Put simply, you are reaching this screen because the designers behind Donkey Kong never expected you to get this far in the game. You’ve reached the end. There’s no more code for you to play through. You win.

Glitches happen in plenty of other games. Off the top of my head, Halo and Grand Theft Auto are covered in them. However, these four really stand out from the crowd (in my opinion).

What other gaming glitches do you know about? Think there are a few out there that can top the four on my list? Leave me a note in the comments section below and let’s talk about it!

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  1. Justin Dennis
    June 27, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    You mention Halo towards the end, and I freaking love that glitch. I can't remember which Halo it was in (I think the second one), but you could somehow squeeze this banshee through a tunnel by breaking its wings off (you had to get out and back in really quickly or the loading point would take it away) and then you could fly around a part of the map you weren't supposed to be able to access.

    On the top of one of the buildings was a cone with a plasma rifle hovering above it, and if you pick it up, it shoots like a scarab gun, that massive laser from the huge spider-looking thing. Then if you fly down a little bit, there's a massive soccer ball that you can shoot around with the scarab gun.

    Man, I wasted hours and hours trying to perfect that glitch. Those were the days.

    Those other glitches were super interesting too. :) I never knew about the Pokemon or Super Smash Bros. ones, but now I kinda wanna go try them.

  2. wheresthepizza
    June 27, 2013 at 3:20 am

    What about geddan guys?

  3. alikhan2100
    June 26, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    There were glitch in COD:MW2 during weapon swap if i remember correctly.

  4. Phil
    June 25, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    The oldest glitch I remember was the double-shot glitch in the Atari 2600 version of Space Invaders. Normally you could only have a single shot on the screen at a time. But, if you powered the console on while holding down the reset switch, each push of the button fired two shots. Made the game quite a bit easier, obviously.

  5. Mark Goldspink
    June 25, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    Fallout 3 and Oblivion. Loved the games, but they were almost glitches with games built around them.

  6. OldTimer
    June 25, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    I can't recall if it was called the cannon jump, or bazooka jump- but it was an anomaly of the physics in Quake which when exploited, especially in multiplayer, spawned entire mods, radically changed the basics of playing the game, and when intelligently embraced by the developers guided the future development of level architecture if not Q2 and QIII.

    • Tom
      June 25, 2013 at 10:38 pm

      I'm pretty sure it was called "rocket jump"... but I could be wrong... Quake 1 was literally half a lifetime ago for me. (Just about 33 now, for the record.)

  7. David Moreira
    June 25, 2013 at 9:04 am

    Nice article here, I've enjoyed the reading. :P

  8. null
    June 25, 2013 at 5:37 am

    how can you not have the original Street Fighter 2 ?

    the entire concept of "combos" was a programmer oversight, a glitch that players took advantage of and spawned an entire genre of gaming.

  9. Dan
    June 25, 2013 at 3:59 am

    There's a weapon duplicating glitch for the original Final Fantasy Tactics for the Playstation. I remember having my entire party using Excaliburs and Save the Queen swords each. That made the game very easy.

    • Craig Snyder
      June 30, 2013 at 5:05 pm

      I do also remember this glitch. I believe it was a point that they made absolute sure to address and steer around in later versions of the game that they eventually released for handheld consoles.