Festive Feature #4 - Top 5 Most Bizarre Glitches of 2011

Festive Feature #4 - Top 5 Most Bizarre Glitches of 2011

Written Thursday, December 22, 2011 By Dan Webb
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Our Festive Features aren’t just about who’s the best at this and that, they’re all about fun too, you know, because we’re fun guys. This year in particular has had its fair share of rather amusing glitches and today, we turn our attention to the most bizarre and the most amusing glitches of the year – you know, because they’re always likely to either bring a smile or evoke a feeling of, “double-yew tee eff!?” Of course, glitches in games are bad, but they’re inevitable, especially in this day and age of patch-on-the-fly-development, so let us take a minute to “celebrate” the year’s most amusing and downright bizarre.

Let’s not beat around the bush here, Call of Juarez: The Cartel was one glitchy mess. In fact, it was by far one of the glitchiest games we’ve ever come across, so not only did Techland take away the one thing that was fairly unique about its franchise, but they obviously didn’t show the same level of care and commitment that we’ve come to expect in their previous Western-orientated outings. This glitch in particular is a frankly bizarre one and absolutely frickin’ crazy – if we’re being perfectly honest, we can’t even see how this could happen. As you can see in the video below, Call of Juarez: The Cartel is prone to some insane character model glitches, as demonstrated here in the multiplayer lobby, and as far as glitches go, this is a pretty bizarre one. The guy must’ve had a rib or two removed.



Yes, we know this is a glitch that came from the Battlefield 3 beta, but that doesn’t make it any less bizarre or any less amusing. It’s one of those glitches that you can’t really miss out when you do a top 5 list like this and so, guess what? We didn’t! The “worm” glitch seemed to crop up when a player dropped to the prone position and continued to shift around the turf, stretching the neck and the body in some frankly bizarre Stretch Armstrong kind of way. Of course, this got fixed between the release of the beta and the release of the full retail game, but I guess at least we can say that one positive thing came out of the Battlefield 3 beta now, right? Baddumtish!

One of the great things with Bethesda’s The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is that despite its brilliance, with such an ambitious open-world game such as it is, it’s never going to be glitch free. Hell, some of the funniest and most bizarre glitches in recent years have come from Bethesda games, a la Oblivion and Fallout, and Skyrim is no different. Let’s cut to the chase… we may as well call the rest of the list: Skyrim’s funniest glitches of 2011, because it’s nothing but Skyrim from here on out. First up, this is what happens when you have a fight with a Greybeard… you get iced (literally) and then get spun around the world like a pinball being belted around the inside of a pinball machine. See a Greybeard in the future, the one chief law is this: don’t mess with them or you could end up like this.

There’s nothing like a specific species taking on the coded behaviours of an entirely different species. We laughed our asses off at Red Dead Redemption’s Donkey Lady and their flying people last year and this year, again thanks to Skyrim, we have something else entirely to laugh our asses off with. In this rather amusing clip it appears as if one of Skyrim’s horses – who we’ve decided is called Ed – seems to think he’s a dragon… well, the worse dragon ever, of course… that means no fire-breathing and no deadly attacks… basically, it’s a horse who’s just flying around thinking he’s all badass and that. Clue: he’s not… but he sure is funny.

The best thing about patches is that they fix stuff, right? Well, that is unless you’re a Bethesda game – ouch! – and thanks to Skyrim’s 1.2 patch, not only did the Washington based studio nuke all resistances – double ouch! – but it comically added backwards flying dragons for some people. That’s not a metaphor either, the dragon is genuinely flying backwards, flying erratically… doing everything a dragon shouldn’t do: that’s flying around with no menace whatsoever and the genuine laughing stock of Skyrim. Oh, Mr. Backwards Flying Dragon, you are one crazy so-and-so. It’s bizarre, it’s rather amusing, it’s the unpredictable nature of patching. It’s Skyrim, baby, and that’s all you need to know.


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Comment #1 by atomic viking54
Thursday, December 22, 2011 @ 03:43:54 PM
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Congradulations Skyrim! lol

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Comment #2 by z3r0SHADOW
Thursday, December 22, 2011 @ 03:52:40 PM
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Congratulations Skyrim! lol

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Comment #3 by ash356
Thursday, December 22, 2011 @ 05:01:18 PM
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The dragons weren't glitched, they evolved :O :P
Congratulations to Skyrim... Although I'm not quite sure how fitting congratulations is when it comes to glitches so...
*Congrats for having the funniest glitches :P

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Comment #4 by darthchimp182
Thursday, December 22, 2011 @ 06:07:35 PM
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was that music in the flying horse superimposed? or actually game audio?
sounds like that guy, lol

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Comment #5 by Avenged Remains
Thursday, December 22, 2011 @ 06:08:15 PM
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I was disappointed when I saw Skyrim was only third :( ...and then when I read it through - :D
Congratulations Skyrim!

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Comment #6 by UltimateAuron32
Thursday, December 22, 2011 @ 06:10:59 PM
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and the funniest thing? even with the patch, i STILL had a backwards dragon :) on my way to kill the final boss, at the entrance to Sovrangarde, there's an Elder Dragon, i could not kill it, nor could i even hit in the end...

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Comment #7 by MrVictorStone
Thursday, December 22, 2011 @ 07:29:54 PM
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lol how could the one spot go to anything else. I'm just gutted I got the game when the 3rd patch came out so missed the backwards flying dragons :(

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Comment #8 by theNomad
Thursday, December 22, 2011 @ 11:09:19 PM
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hehe and who would have thought Skyrim would feature so heavy ;P

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Comment #9 by DR Dopenhagen
Friday, December 23, 2011 @ 08:17:55 AM
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Man they should bring that Battlefield glitch back as dlc, it's bloody hilarious. I'd pay for that, judge me all you like hahaha

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Comment #10 by ViNyLek
Friday, December 23, 2011 @ 10:50:31 AM
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Wow, now I am scared to play Skyrim, but I did lol at the horse and dragon, that wjhole spinning in ice could have been shorter...

And those CoJ and BF3 glitches - why doesn't this shit happent to me LOL I was laughing my ass off=)

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Comment #11 by jamie1000013
Friday, December 23, 2011 @ 07:22:21 PM
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I could have sworn that Giant glitch would have been top although I don't know whether you can class it as a glitch or not. Great list!

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Comment #12 by Roadhog
Sunday, December 25, 2011 @ 08:28:15 PM
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@4 yeh, its superimposed as you say. Go on Youtube and write in 'amazing horse' and it should come up

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Comment #13 by Aussie27Legend
Monday, December 26, 2011 @ 08:46:05 AM
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Shows how great a game Skyrim is if it can be very buggy and still be the best game of the year for most people.

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Comment #14 by Tomafork XD FTW
Monday, December 26, 2011 @ 10:43:26 PM
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go Ed the flying horse!

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Comment #15 by ImmortalArbiter
Tuesday, December 27, 2011 @ 10:27:46 PM
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This was another great Skyrim glitch video:

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Comment #16 by Boooooom XD
Friday, December 30, 2011 @ 02:58:02 PM
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The greybeard glitch also happens with giants. I found out this by being too cocky with one of them

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Comment #17 by Lucky Soldier 7
Tuesday, January 03, 2012 @ 03:43:28 PM
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Still haven't played Skyrim its still in the packaging but iI'm looking forward to it

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Comment #18 by Bulletman
Saturday, January 07, 2012 @ 03:27:18 AM
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I couldn't watch the Battlefield one for long, that shit was freaky! It made me cringe.

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Comment #19 by Devil Sora
Saturday, January 07, 2012 @ 03:37:14 AM
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Goddamn! That flying horse was hillarious!

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Comment #20 by laptap123
Saturday, January 07, 2012 @ 06:52:35 AM
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I hate Skyrim, and i always knew it's a glitchy game!

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Comment #21 by WREQUIEM
Saturday, January 07, 2012 @ 07:08:36 PM
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@20 MW3>Skyrim

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Comment #22 by CoolMarquis97
Saturday, January 07, 2012 @ 09:39:24 PM
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Stretch Armstrong was number 1 for me

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Comment #23 by Mr Gollywoggins
Sunday, January 08, 2012 @ 11:45:37 AM
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The difference is that in Skyrim (and Oblivion), finding glitches in the game is funny and often endearing. Of course getting stuck in a rock sucks, but when you find a flying horse it's a funny story and makes you enjoy the game more. It feels like it could almost be intentional to add a little air of humor to the game in its more boring and serious moments.

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Comment #24 by DanielH
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 @ 12:15:14 PM
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can we all just say it (singing)GLITCH-RIM, GLITCH-RIM, Not Game Of The Year. GLITCH-RIIIIMMMMMMM(sing stops)

true, it damn true. LOL.

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Comment #25 by Rascal5458
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 @ 12:51:15 PM
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That's awesome.. I bet Arkham city beats skyrim got GOTY

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Comment #26 by Killbomb
Thursday, January 12, 2012 @ 02:09:16 AM
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I laughed harder at Skyrim than any other game in recent memory. The glitch videos on YouTube are priceless.

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Comment #27 by Icehearted
Friday, January 13, 2012 @ 10:49:42 AM
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Skyrim got a ton of awards, but still doesn't work right.


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Comment #28 by RollaJedi
Friday, January 13, 2012 @ 11:57:12 AM
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for the first video: if i could do that, i'd never leave my house

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Comment #29 by Beached GaGa
Friday, January 13, 2012 @ 02:41:05 PM
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i love me some nice glitches

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Comment #30 by Tai_MT
Sunday, January 15, 2012 @ 02:02:19 PM
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Lots of haters of Skyrim. I wonder if it's because they have jealousy that their games aren't as fun as they've convinced themselves they are?

Here's a fun fact. Bethesda actually SUPPORTS their titles after release. Game breaking glitch? They fix it.

The only glitches they WON'T fix? Glitches that become fun or are funny, so long as they break no other code in the game.

Go back to your CoDfish games where the developers don't care if there's modding, hacking, connection manipulation, or glitches. They have your money, why should they patch it or fix it? Same with any other game.

It's rare to find a developer that CARES ENOUGH to keep their game integrity high after release, for free. Good luck finding that in a shooter title outside of Halo. Good luck finding it in ANY game outside of a few developers.

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Comment #31 by XXXWOLFFXXX
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 @ 12:25:49 AM
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Wow Skyrim has 2 glitches in the top 5..hmm. Haven't tried the game but i've heard the environment/game is huge so there's bound to be many glitches.

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Comment #32 by Sargentdog
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 @ 02:00:24 PM
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Oh skyrim, the only appealing and "Brilliant" thing about you is your glitches

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Comment #33 by Melty
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 @ 08:22:23 AM
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Why do I only get the stupid glitches where I have to restart the system or don't get an achievement?

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Comment #34 by CPT Chewbert
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 @ 06:49:02 PM
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even with the glitches, skyrim is still worth it

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Comment #35 by Murphy1978
Thursday, January 26, 2012 @ 12:12:23 AM
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@6 I know what you mean, I killed both Dragons but they were still there not moving and the game did not grant their souls...

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Comment #36 by Ghosty McGoo
Friday, January 27, 2012 @ 06:38:56 AM
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I thought getting launched by giants would be number 1 for sure.

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Comment #37 by Magus 0f Zeal
Friday, February 03, 2012 @ 02:20:08 PM
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@#30 Yes. That's why Bethesda blessed us with that wonderful gaming gem Brink. You love me Bethesda. You really love me! Why are you only mentioning shooters? Plenty of companies show great support for their fanbase. There are still glitches that can be found in Oblivion and Fallout 3 that can end your game.

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Comment #38 by nutslack6969
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 @ 09:50:08 PM
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Every single one of these made me laugh for like 5 minutes.

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Comment #39 by J3wsuf
Sunday, June 17, 2012 @ 10:12:05 AM
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These are amazing!

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