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Game Informer's 10th Annual Glitchie Awards

by Joe Juba on Dec 27, 2019 at 01:00 PM

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.

via Gfycat


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! 


Do you have a favorite glitch from 2019? Share it in the comments below!