Just like that stormtrooper banging his head on a blast door in A New Hope, and that other stormtrooper having his helmet knocked loose by Han Solo in The Empire Strikes Back (bloody stormtroopers), incredible, memorable moments can sometimes happen completely by accident.
Gaming is no different.
In-game glitches, once discovered, can take on a life of their own online.
Terrible examples of voice acting can become legendary and spawn a thousand memes, and the unexpected and often bizarre results of behind the scenes screw-ups can end up being left in games by the developers for their own entertainment.
The line "you couldn't make it up" definitely applies here, as good old fashioned serendipity can often contribute to moments which live longer in the players' collective memory, and are usually way more impactful than even the most dramatic and painstakingly scripted cutscenes.
No genre is safe from these accidental immortalisations either, with AAA titles from major studios just as susceptible as smaller games from indie developers.
Ranging from the sublime to the downright ridiculous, many incredible game moments are created completely by accident.