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Cougar-Man will haunt your dreams.
June 24, 2011 6:39 PM   Subscribe

The videogame Red Dead Redemption has a rather unique glitch that occurs fairly frequently -- Flying Talking Horseman, Talking Bird riding a cart!!!!, elk-owl, bird bear, snake man, bird people, Genetically Altered Wolf-Men Attack, and Cougar-Man!
posted by codacorolla (42 comments total) 34 users marked this as a favorite

 
Red Dead Redemption.

What a great way to (cheat at) play poker on a rainy afternoon...
posted by gcbv at 6:43 PM on June 24, 2011 [1 favorite]


is this game ever going to get a GoTY release with the DLC bundled on-disc, or will i be forever wanting and waiting?
posted by radiosilents at 6:47 PM on June 24, 2011 [1 favorite]


My favorite is the Bunny Horse!
posted by StrikeTheViol at 6:48 PM on June 24, 2011 [20 favorites]


The Wolf-Men are great. There's also the Donkey Lady.
posted by starman at 6:49 PM on June 24, 2011 [5 favorites]


Love these! So are they truly glitches, or do people have to input cheat codes of some sort to mess around with the character models? I played the entire game without seeing the slightest evidence of any graphical glitches...
posted by newfers at 6:56 PM on June 24, 2011


Cougar man rules. This is why you hire QA.
posted by uni verse at 6:58 PM on June 24, 2011


I love these kinds of glitches. It's just so amazingly funny when developers build up these amazing worlds that are filled with wonderfully designed creatures and characters, but it's all held together by this enormously complicated set of rules, and switching one character here or there produces not a crash but a cougar man.
posted by BlackLeotardFront at 7:23 PM on June 24, 2011 [14 favorites]


The way those bird bears fall out of the sky is truly disturbing.
posted by Rock Steady at 7:33 PM on June 24, 2011 [1 favorite]


Are these intentional glitches? Did the designers allow for the subtle possibility for these chimera to evolve?
posted by ovvl at 7:48 PM on June 24, 2011


This is surprisingly disturbing.
posted by swift at 7:52 PM on June 24, 2011



There's also the Donkey Burro Lady. PBUH.
posted by battleshipkropotkin at 7:52 PM on June 24, 2011


No more strikeouts. :(
The Burro Lady!
posted by battleshipkropotkin at 7:54 PM on June 24, 2011


Man. The face of that dead wolf-man was the best.
posted by tapesonthefloor at 8:02 PM on June 24, 2011 [1 favorite]


I haven't played a video game since the Intellivision, but this is unbelievably awesome.
posted by mykescipark at 8:13 PM on June 24, 2011 [2 favorites]


Falling through the map
Rocket horse
posted by swift at 8:17 PM on June 24, 2011 [3 favorites]


I love how the tags in the Bunny Horse YouTube video include "Barbara,Streisand".
posted by slogger at 8:42 PM on June 24, 2011


Good news, Rockstar hasn't abandoned PC gaming after all?
posted by BeerFilter at 9:26 PM on June 24, 2011


I might be convinced to play video games again if a "glitch" suddenly makes everything go all Alejandro Jodworsky and shit.

Games don't usually feel rewarding to me, but if I saw a wolf-owl-man or a cougar snake or whatever, I would feel like I had indeed won something.
posted by louche mustachio at 9:39 PM on June 24, 2011 [5 favorites]


Reminds me of Xavier Renegade Angel
posted by KokuRyu at 10:04 PM on June 24, 2011


I loved that game SO much. (I still ride around in it sometimes when I'm feeling down, just enjoying the wide open spaces, picking flowers, and hunting game.) These types of mix thigns make for awesome sightings. My favorite was a part human, part elk one. They are real glitches, not made by cheating or anything.
posted by gemmy at 10:18 PM on June 24, 2011


Rockstar still sucks at recreating human motion, but boy do they have the effects of peyote down pat.
posted by evidenceofabsence at 10:28 PM on June 24, 2011 [11 favorites]


Laddergoat anyone?
posted by jeremy b at 10:31 PM on June 24, 2011 [3 favorites]


Thinking about it, I know some folks who worked QA for Rockstar a ways back. I'm guessing they would a) have loved this, and therefore b) either not told anyone or suggested it should be left as is.
posted by evidenceofabsence at 10:38 PM on June 24, 2011 [4 favorites]


Whoa that's creepy! I want a game that's intentionally like that. Reminds me of the dog from Body Snatchers '78
posted by Tom-B at 10:49 PM on June 24, 2011


I finished the story mode of RDR on XBox and I never encountered those glitches. Guess I better saddle up again and look for them.
Red Dead has ruined every other Western-based media for me. I was watching True Grit and wished I was back home with RDR.
I'm convinced that part of it's appeal is that it's the moment in Zelda: Ocarina of Time when you first enter Hyrule Field, only stretched out to a full game.
Are the jackalopes in the free DLC partly a reference to these glitches?
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn at 11:04 PM on June 24, 2011


It's also kind of hilarious / endearing / sometimes annoying to listen to everyone in these videos lose their shit at the sight of the glitches.
posted by SmileyChewtrain at 12:57 AM on June 25, 2011


Speaking as someone who has logged way too many hours in multiplayer mode in RDR....

Most of these glitches happen in multiplayer mode and require some crazy key combinations to pull off or just some weird behavior on the players part. The flying glitch requires you and a another player and a stagecoach. While the player is sitting in the drivers' seat the other player has to pull him/her down from the stage coach but it has to be done at the precise moment along with some key mashing. If the timing is perfect, you can literally get off and fly around the map, walk through buildings and/or kill others at will. It's a cool trick but it pisses a lot of people off. I've only done it on a private server just to check it out.

There's another glitch in MP where sometimes the horse skin model won't load correctly and you end up riding a cougar or a wolf. It is trippy to be exploring the west on your very own cougar. Some of these are very funny to see but that one puts me on the floor. I've had it happen a couple of times when lag is really bad. The other night, I spent most of the time riding a horse and cart on TOP of someones shoulders. The only way I could get out of it was to blow myself up with a stick of dynamite.

I love when this game goes haywire. It's always entertaining.
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 5:59 AM on June 25, 2011 [3 favorites]


evidenceofabsence: "Thinking about it, I know some folks who worked QA for Rockstar a ways back. I'm guessing they would a) have loved this, and therefore b) either not told anyone or suggested it should be left as is."

They have patched some of them as of this week. We (a posse that I play with regularly) tested a few last night and some you cannot recreate anymore.
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 6:02 AM on June 25, 2011


Those of us of a certain vintage watch these videos and cast our minds back to the Atari 2600, and how the games would look weird and (sometimes) play differently if you didn't insert the cartridge properly.
posted by The Card Cheat at 6:28 AM on June 25, 2011 [1 favorite]


Anyone know of any sort of game that somehow incorporates or emulates glitching hard/software into the gameplay? I'm aware of games that fuck with your head and/or break the fourth wall, but that's not what I'm after. This seems like something worth exploring. Isn't there a flash game like this I vaguely remember?
posted by BeerFilter at 6:49 AM on June 25, 2011


Oh my goodness I'm not a gamer but if this was an actual surreal/magical Western universe full of half-human animal spirits and possessed carts and holes in the world, I would run out and buy a console TOMORROW.
posted by Erasmouse at 6:53 AM on June 25, 2011 [2 favorites]


Riding a cougar and cougar riding a horse.
posted by Gordafarin at 7:43 AM on June 25, 2011 [2 favorites]


Ah, the closest I've come to an amusing glitch in the game was the invisible wagon (with ghost horse) and the World's Toughest Mexican (survived two shotgun blasts to the face at close range).

Nothing funny like these. :(
posted by EspanolBot at 7:50 AM on June 25, 2011


is this game ever going to get a GoTY release with the DLC bundled on-disc, or will i be forever wanting and waiting?

Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare Collection comes with the full game along with 2 other DLC on disc.
posted by azarbayejani at 7:58 AM on June 25, 2011


Riding a cougar, flying bears, talking birds -- the West was a lot wilder than the textbooks would indicate.
posted by CosmicRayCharles at 9:16 AM on June 25, 2011


How about a pack of wolf-people attacking?. Shudder!!!
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 10:16 AM on June 25, 2011


Oops. Nevermind. Just saw your first link.
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 11:29 AM on June 25, 2011


I usually laugh at glitches, and I laughed at a few of these, but some of these are less like glitches and more like bad dreams in FPS form. They couldn't have come up with scarier things if they'd tried.
posted by not_on_display at 12:33 PM on June 25, 2011 [1 favorite]


Well, I guess I know what I'll be waking up screaming about tonight.
posted by The Card Cheat at 1:34 PM on June 25, 2011


I can't even fathom how utterly and insanely brilliant someone would have to be to design a game like this on purpose. But I would play the fuck out of that game. Especially if the game appeared to be mostly normal and straight forward, but every so often you would just get something utterly WTF thrown in at random. Even better, it would start happening after you'd been actively playing for some number of hours so you begin doubting your sanity. And then you start falling through the maps while flying bears attack and cougars ride by on horses. I would play the fuck out of that game.
posted by stoneweaver at 5:25 PM on June 25, 2011 [2 favorites]


Here are a couple videos from the creators of Lugaru 2, showing off some character animations using half-finished and glitchy physics models. Very disturbing.

I wish someone would make an H. P. Lovecraft game based on this concept. Just take a basic human model and have it run on an incorrect physics/skeletal simulation. Looks like a guy but suddenly Oh god what is that??
posted by rifflesby at 7:14 AM on June 26, 2011 [2 favorites]


Good news, Rockstar hasn't abandoned PC gaming after all?

I still don't understand the reluctance to release a PC version of RDR. I know the PC gaming is ravaged by piracy, but they would still make an enormous amount of money if they released it through Steam.
posted by smithsmith at 3:43 PM on June 26, 2011


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