05 – Bugs & Glitches

« it’s not a bug, it’s a feature. »

-old tech motto

A woman vanishes into thin air, strange lights are seen in the sky, rumors of men behaving like beasts… These are not horror stories, but examples of some unintentional aspects of video games: bugs and glitches. A plague for many gamers (and for many more developers), bugs remind us that our favorite means of escape is in fact nothing more than software. But are all bugs negative? Can errors, distortions and glitches mingle with some of our favorite gaming experiences? Together, Roy & Thomas share their memories and thoughts on their encounters. (And end up glitching out themselves, beaten by the bugs.)

 

Examples discussed: Red Dead Redemption, Pokemon, Mass Effect 2, Nanashi no Game, Nier, Fallout 2, Fallout: New Vegas

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