Video games are meant to be a safe haven. A sanctuary from the terror of the outside world where players can roleplay in a secure environment. Sometimes though, it can all go terribly wrong. Sometimes the games glitch out. Then you’re all alone in a dark room with some freaky mannequins or disfigured donkey lady. You scream, ‘Mum. Mum!’ But it’s too late, the horrors are permanently etched into your mind. So get ready as we countdown the top 10 creepy video game glitches!
10. The Ghosts of Halo
The ghosts of Halo are unidentified players that spawn out of nowhere during multiplayer games. These rare and bizarre sightings have been known to occur in Halo 2, Halo 3 and Halo Reach.
These ghostly characters don’t have gamertags and don’t appear on the scoreboard. They tend to move erratically and can be aggressive if provoked.
So what causes these spectral characters to haunt the halls of Halo? Some gamers have speculated that it may be due to heavy traffic on a network or extreme lag. However there’s been no official explanation.
9. Is Minecraft Haunted?
Herobrine is a mysterious character said to haunt the depths of Minecraft. He is portrayed as an non-playing character, appears to have the default skin type with ghostly, all-white eyes.
A creepypasta evolved out of a thread that was first posted on the Minecraft forums on August 30th, 2010. It suggests that Minecraft’s creator, Notch, had a brother who passed away that used the gamer tag – Herobrine. Could Notch’s brother be haunting Minecraft?
Notch sent a tweet denying that Herobrine was in the game and that he doesn’t have a dead brother. Then on May 31st, 2011 patch notes were released that explicitly stated: ‘Removed Herobrine’.
8. Doc Mitchell: Demon Spawn
At the beginning of Fallout: New Vegas there is a scene with a character named Doc Mitchell. In a few early builds of the game, as the character babbled some exposition, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’ve slipped into a acid induced nightmare. Doc Mitchell’s head would slowly turn a full 360 degrees. He’d float at you in this sort of awful half-squat with a melted neck all the while calmly explaining the storyline as if nothing’s happening. All aboard the Nope Train – Chugga chugga chugga – NOPE NOPE!
7. The Pokemon Suicides
This one’s not so much a glitch as an urban legend. Lavender Town is a game area in Pokemon Red and Green where Pokemon are buried after they die. The town’s music is a haunting tune that is said to cause children to commit suicide. The Lavender Town Syndrome refers to a peak in childhood suicides in ages ranging from 7 to 12. It is said to have occurred exclusively in Japan after the release of the game on February 27th, 1996.
While this sensational story does make the skin crawl, it origins can be traced to a Creepypasta that was uploaded to Pastebin on February 21st, 2010. So thankfully, Japanese children probably weren’t killing themselves on mass after listening to this creepy tune.
6. Ghost Cars of GTA San Andreas
So this guy is just chillin’. Flying around the woods at night with his jetpack – nothing unusual. But then out of nowhere this ghost car manifests and rolls down the hill. Look there’s no driver either!
According to cracked.com the glitch occurs when roaming the hilly, country areas of the game. As cars only spawn in the immediate vicinity of the player they can often appear and just roll down a hill until they hit something. Super creepy.
5. The Sims 3 – Creepy Babies
This first demon child can sometimes happen when customising a baby’s outfit. Marvel at it’s long, slender digits and groin face, what mother wouldn’t swoon for over this gentle creation.
Next up we have a baby stick. Yep, that’s right that long rod there is actually a cute little bubba – nawwww.
And lastly we have a rather disturbing glitch that demonstrates how not to hold your baby.
4. The Karazhan Crypt
Back in the days of vanilla wow there was an area that was off-limits to all but a select few players. It was filled with intense scenes of torture, so much so that the developers at Blizzard eventually blocked it off permanently.
In the village surrounding Karazhan there was a crypt locked shut by a gate. By exploiting different spells like Polymorph you could slip you through the metal bars and gain entrance. What waited beyond that gate, further down into the crypt, were scenes of gruesome suffering. Piles of human remains, bloated corpses chained, floating in murky green water. This is the crypt of the upside-down sinners. Persecuted souls left to rot in the depths of an off-limits gaming area.
3. Sherlock Holmes and the Case of Creepy Watson
Here’s some unsettling footage taken from a demo of the video game ‘Sherlock Holmes: Nemesis’. Watson’s character wasn’t programmed to have walking animation which causes him to appear behind you like slender man.
Remember, Watson is always watching.
2. Red Dead Redemption’s Menagerie of Manimals
Throughout Red Dead Redemption there are a series of glitches that seem to morph non-playing characters with animals. No one seems to know how to replicate these ghastly glitches but you can’t deny that these defects are hilarious and often very unsettling.
First up, is this terrifying pig-man. He’s wearing a dapper suit, has a swollen, animal face and squeals like a pig when shot.
Then there’s these surreal, flapping bird-men that can be seen flying over the open deserts.
Next is the Incredible Donkey Lady captured by Youtube channel WhereDaBootz. She’s half lady, half donkey. Sporting an equine-like face this mutant halfcast can be ridden around for the gamers pleasure.
And lastly uploaded to the same Youtube account is the Infamous Cougar-Man. This possessed little man is doomed to scoot around on his knees and growl viciously like a cougar, attacking unsuspecting passerbyers.
1. Skyrim’s Living Mannequins
Once you own a home on Skyrim, in the basement are a number of wooden mannequins that you can place armour on. Occasionally though, whilst rummaging through your belongings these demonic mannequins sneak up and stare soullessly at you.
When it was first discovered, gamers speculated that it was part of a curse or myth belonging to the house but Bethesda released a statement saying that sometimes a glitch occurs that causes the mannequins to run on NPC coding, making them wander creepily about your house – lovely.
Well there you have our countdown of 10 creepy video game glitches. What do you think, did this top 10 list miss anything? Are there other creepy video game glitches you’ve seen? Let us know on Twitter and Facebook.