Game glitches can be the bane of a gamer’s existence, causing interruptions in gameplay or reduced immersion thanks to graphic problems or other distracting issues. They can also be a source of entertainment—Skyrim is notorious for hilarious glitches. But some game glitches transcend both annoyance and hilarity.
These three game glitches went from accidental bugs to treasured game mechanics in many of today’s most popular series, proving that sometimes mistakes make, not break, the game.
Street Fighter II‘s Accidental Combos Became Genre Staple
Combos didn’t originate in the Street Fighter series—that honor belongs to arcade classics like Renegade and Double Dragon—but Street Fighter II set a new standard for how combos could affect gameplay. The game included high-powered attacks that, when strung together, could render an opponent defenseless, leaving them open to a series of combos that could take out up to a third of a health bar.
Supposedly, the game’s creators considered these glitchy attack strings too difficult to achieve in normal gameplay and left them in; they assumed the skill required to pull them off would make them more of a surprise than a sought-out mechanic. As it turns out, Capcom seriously underestimated the desire of gamers to get ahead. Players replicated the unbeatable combos until they could pull them off smoothly, and their popularity inspired the developer to keep including them in future games. Now these difficult-to-pull-off but highly effective combos are a standard in fighting games like Killer Instinct, Tekken, and Dynasty Warriors, all thanks to a mistaken belief that players wouldn’t bother with difficult attacks.