Most of 2019’s best gaming moments were the result of careful craftsmanship, storytelling, and design. However, some of this year’s memorable experiences had nothing to do with what players were intended to see; they were the inexplicable events and goofy glitches that occur when things don’t go according to plan.
Our Glitchie Awards honor the most interesting and hilarious bugs that impacted the major releases of the year. So, without further ado, here you can find our 2019 round-up of 10 glitches – with one lucky winner being awarded our coveted Glitch of the Year award.
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Purely Ornamental Goalie Glitch – NHL 20
When the net is protected by what can only be a magic spell, why bother with goalies at all?
Invisible wall strikes again! ???? from r/EA_NHL
Fightin’ Stormtrooper Glitch – Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
No one thinks of stormtroopers as formidable foes, but we at least expect them to try.
[Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order] Ok, Jedi! Fight me! from r/GamePhysics
Helpful Goose Glitch – Untitled Goose Game
In this impressive video, French speed-runner Seij takes advantage of a glitch that allows the goose to warp through objects by grabbing things in particular ways. If you’ve played Untitled Goose Game, it’s amazing to see it go from intro to end credits in about three minutes.
Unexpected Company Glitch – Days Gone
A manageable encounter turns into an impossible deathtrap for no apparent reason.
Totally Normal Backpack Glitch – Death Stranding
So much weird stuff happens in Death Stranding that it can be difficult to separate fantasy from reality … but we’re reasonably sure this is not supposed to happen.
Wild Pitch Glitch – MLB The Show 20
That is one heck of a warm-up swing.
Sums up Porcello’s ERA this season from r/MLBTheShow
Flying Swim Glitch – Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
Well, this is one way to avoid getting killed by Sekiro’s brutal foes.
Apocalyptic Catastrophe Glitch – WWE 2K20
It’s hard to pay attention to the wrestling match when it seems like every aspect of reality is failing at a molecular level.
Extra Armor Glitch – Control
Wearing furniture is very low on the list of cool things you can do with telekinesis.
[Control] Cupboard vest from r/GamePhysics
Glitch of the Year – The Outer Worlds
Many players discovered that Parvati (the best companion in The Outer Worlds) was inexplicably dying aboard their ship. That stinks, but it isn’t why this is our Glitch of the Year. Instead, we’re giving this glitch the award because of the fascinating tweets from Obsidian QA lead Taylor Swope, who details the process of isolating the problem and finding the solution. It’s an interesting behind-the-scenes look at how and why bugs happen – and the story eventually has a happy ending!
So, if someone started climbing a ladder and the player entered a conversation before they stopped, they wouldn’t be able to exit the ladder, and, well…. (18/18) pic.twitter.com/xcduTy4d12
— Taylor Swope (@_taylorswope) December 12, 2019
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