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Game Informer's First Annual Glitchie Awards

by Matt Bertz on Nov 27, 2010 at 06:05 AM

Sometimes they're entertaining, and sometimes they make you want to throw your controller across the room in frustration, but any way you look at it, glitches are an ever-present part of the gaming experience. Despite thousands of hours of play testing and millions of lines of code, almost no game is safe from the occasional technological breakdown. We combed the web to find video evidence of the most egregious and laughable glitches of the year. Here are the most notable gameplay glitches of 2010, plus one lifetime achievement award for a game that's featured the same annoying glitch for almost a decade.

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Vader's New Force Power – Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II


The Flaming Eleanor – BioShock 2

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Into The Great Wide Open –  Yakuza 3


The Victory Death – Super Mario Galaxy 2


The Bookworm – Rogue Warrior

 

Up next, skydiving taken to new heights, the infamous donkey woman, and bird people!

The Magic School Bus Skydive –  Crackdown 2


Bird People! – Red Dead Redemption


Cougar Man! – Red Dead Redemption


Donkey Woman! – Red Dead Redemption


The Aerial Assassin – Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood

 

Click the next page to see horrendous AI driving, the worst save point imaginable, and a head turning glitch in Fallout: New Vegas.

Emergency Paint Job – Mafia II


High Speed Impact –  Mafia II


The Exorcist – Fallout: New Vegas


The String Cheese Incident – Fallout: New Vegas


Mobile Dance Party –  Just Cause 2


Coming next, a series of sports bloopers worthy of the Benny Hill theme song.

Pile-On! – Backbreaker


Superman! – Backbreaker


Gravitational Pull –  Backbreaker


Two Goalies Are Better Than One –  NHL 11


A Broken Man –  FIFA 11


The Yellow Card Of Infinity –  FIFA 11


Two Batters, One Box – MLB 2K11


Stalemating In The Clinch –  UFC Undisputed 2010


Go to the next page to find out which games earned glitch of the year and lifetime achievement awards.


Glitch of the Year

Jesus Bynum – NBA Elite 11

It's not every day a game demo is released featuring as many unbelievable glitches as NBA Elite 11. When the demo hit Xbox Live, gamers immediately started posting videos of the game's many infamous breakdowns, including the hook shot exploit, the rampant clipping animations, and, best, of all, Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum getting stuck at center court in a cruxifiction pose. The demo was an epic disaster that ultimately led to EA Sports canceling the game and taking away the development responsibilities from EA Canada. Not many other glitches demonstrate such power.

 

Lifetime Achievement Award
The Incredible Clipping Football – Madden Series

It's been years since football fans first witnessed a ball clipping through a receiver in Madden, but EA Tiburon has yet to address this major flaw in the passing game. For its unwavering and defiant display of neglect, we award the Madden series with the first Glitchie lifetime achievement award.

So there you have it, our first annual Glitchie Awards. Which glitch was your favorite?