7 Glitches In Video Games That Became Essential Features In Their Franchise

Life's a glitch.

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"There are no mistakes, only happy accidents," said the late, great Bob Ross. Sure, he was talking about painting, but the quote bares just as much relevance to the equally valuable art form of video games.

That said, sometimes mistakes are just mistakes. It’s insanely frustrating when a game bugs out and traps you in an invisible wall, or sends you spiraling forever down, through the floor, and into the video game aether until you give your PC a healthy kick to the motherboard and force reboot.

But sometimes, these happy little programming accidents can be awesome. It could be that they allow you to cheat your way to infinite Rare Candies in Pokemon, or glitch a deceased pet out into the overworld and unleash a deadly corrupted blood plague in World of Warcraft. Sometimes they can even be so awesome they go on to hugely influence the gaming franchise they ‘broke’.

With that final point in mind, let's take a look at those games which might have had ninety-nine problems, but a glitch ain't one.


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