Video game manufacturers would have you believe that video game glitches are nothing but corrupt pieces of data or unforeseen graphical errors. Sure, maybe that's true of some minor glitches, but all us gamers know there are some glitches which are caused by nothing less than direct intervention by Satan, Hades and/or Cthulhu.
Here are 10 of the most terrifying video game glitches.
The Sims 3 - Demon Spawn Babies
Now The Sims 3 is the clearly most terrifying game of all time, purely because it can deliver the most powerful blunt force impact of depression in the gaming world. You'll suddenly have a dawning realization at 4am that you've spent the entire day tending to the needs of a self-centered pixelated aspiring astronaut, while you haven't dressed, eaten or slept in 14 hours. Are you playing The Sims, or are The Sims playing you? Oh, it also features horrific demon babies.
Red Dead Redemption - The Manimals
Large sandbox worlds are always treasure troves full of weird glitches, but hidden among the mysterious wilderness of Red Dead Redemption are some really horrific man/animal hybrids.
There is the Cougar Man, who runs around on his knees howling and trying to claw the player; The Bird Man, who takes flight with flapping arms and the Snake Man and Pig Man, who are simply the stuff of nightmares.
Team Fortress 2 - The Spy Crab
Few games have developed a more devoted fan following than Team Fortress 2, and perhaps thanks to that, the bizarre and macabre Spy Crab is now a common sight in servers across the world. Once gamers had found out how to force this crustacean themed glitch, it wasn't long before there was a disturbing invasion of Spy Crabs.
Pokémon - Terrifying Scream of Burning Pain
I always suspected that Pokémon suffered more than Nintendo's family friendly animal bloodsport simulator let on, and here's the proof. In a rather disturbing glitch, a Pokémon screams with burning pain while locked in combat with a Pidgey. Where's PETA when you need them?
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas - Ghost Cars
If you head down to the San Andreas woods today, you're sure to be in for a big surprise. GTA: San Andreas was so large it quickly spawned many urban legends and although some, such as a Sasquatch and crashed UFO were false, some, like the creepy ghost cars were true. Check out this amateur video evidence below:
These phantom automobiles are actually due to the fact the game continually spawns cars even if you're not actually anywhere near a road. The result is driverless cars which roll down hills. Less creepy when you look at it this way.
Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Break-dancing Spiders
Recently, I heard an incredible scream of fright emanate from the room of my 28-year-old brother. Naturally, I thought a masked ax murderer had just burst out of his closet. As it turns out a small spider had scuttled across his desk and "tried to attack" him. It seems people who are scared of spiders are REALLY scared of spiders. Imagine his response if he wandered into this arachnid night club in Skyrim.
Fallout: New Vegas - Spin Doctor
Like Grand Theft Auto, Red Dead Redemption and Skyrim, Fallout is another one of those massive games filled with macabre and haunting moments. This certainly isn't helped when the very first character you meet is a doctor who is desperately in need of an exorcist.
The Last of Us - Tim Burton Ellie
Have you seen the version of The Last of Us that was directed by Tim Burton. Well, no you haven't, because it doesn't exist. However, thanks to this creepy glitch, we can now see what a Burton-esque Ellie would look like. The answer: disturbing.
Sherlock Holmes: Nemesis - Teleportation Dear Watson!
Did you know Sherlock Holmes' devoted assistant could teleport? Arthur Conan Doyle may have failed to mention it in his books, however the PC detective game did include the feature. Unfortunately, this was because the game developers never bothered to make walking animations for Watson, meaning he simply teleported around once you looked away. The result is a creepy Victorian dude suddenly appearing on your doorstep.
The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask - The Cursed 'Ben's Drowned' Cartridge
Now, if you've been around the gaming community for a while, you'll no doubt know about the Ben's Drowned creepy pasta. In it, a guy claims to have bought an old, unofficial copy of The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask from a creepy old dude. He then discovered the cartridge is apparently haunted by the spirit of its former owner, 'Ben'. After deleting Ben's saved file, the author states the game started to act in unexpected, and rather terrifying ways... You can read the entire (long) pasta here, or check out the glitchy footage below:
Of course, as you can probably tell, this is simply an internet ghost story. However, it did take quite a bit of effort to exploit glitches in Majora's Mask to create the videos. It's certainly impressive if you can make Majora's Mask - an already pretty creepy game - into something much, much worse.
Have you ever experienced some nightmare inducing glitches? Tell us about them below.
Which of these glitches creeped you out the most?