The Uncanny Glitch

Yup, even scarier than spaghetti babyu right here

Games can be scary sometimes, and not just in the intentional horror ways. Sometimes systems can go wrong or a particularly strange bug can cause a real sense of unease in a player causing them to have a very real and visceral reaction to something that was not intended to be scary.

These can come in a variety of forms, from a model messing up, to a crash, to getting into an unintended location that is perhaps unfinished or strangely designed. I bring this topic up as I came across something like this while playing Persona 5 recently that gave me one of the biggest feelings of Uncanny Valley I’ve experienced in a long time.

Without spoiling anything, an event in Persona 5 caused the world to look and act slightly different than usual which was a strange thing to experience initially. However this was compounded when the game hung on a piece of dialogue from a character who pointed out how everything was wrong and out of place, the audio got stuck on a single piercing note, and then the game crashed. I will also point out this is the only crash I ever had in the game and as such it amped up the creepiness factor by an incredible amount. This was a series of unfortunate coincidences that made me initially think that this was intentional, similar to something like Undertale, however after booting it up again it turns out this was not the case and that it was just a case of bad timing. Still it certainly evoked a reaction from me and it will remain as one of the scariest game glitches I have ever experienced.

What about yourselves? Have you ever experienced creepy glitches in games and if so what did you encounter? Let us know in the comments! That’s all for now, and as always. It’s not just a game, It’s a Life.

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