Sunday, August 31, 2008

Bugs!

I moved into my new dorm. I got horrifically ill and I spoke about this before. I thought I was done having a bad week but then I discovered something far worse.

My room has bed bugs.

I woke up on Saturday covered in little bites all over body, all itching like mad. NYU is supposedly working on getting an exterminator but they are doing a very crappy job, as usual. Needless to say, I am pissed off.

But, I did find a way to relate this story to Table Salt Games. In honor of my bed bugs, I'll share with you some of the coolest bugs/glitches that have appeared in video games.

1. Mega Man Multi-hit Start Trick


This only works in the first Mega Man game for the the NES. You can do this with most weapons, but the weapon it works best with is Elec Man's weapon. To do this trick, fire the weapon as normal. Then, the moment you see the weapon hit the enemy, pause the game. Don't bring up the weapon menu, just do a normal pause. From there, keep pausing and un-pausing the game and suddenly the enemy with with start taking multiple hits from the same attack! Using this technique, you can take out any boss with one shot.

This makes the Rock Monster (pictured above) actually possible to beat in Wily's stage 1.

2. Corrupted Blood


This was a HUGE bug in World of Warcraft that affected as much as half the the population on certain servers. The bug appeared in Sept. 2005 when Blizzard introduced a new dungeon called Zul'Gurub. A boss in the dungeon named Hakkar the Soulflayer, casted a spell that would do somewhere between 263-337 points of damage every two seconds. That alone is pretty bad, but what caused the bug is that this spell would be passed to anyone who was nearby the affected player. The spell lasted for quite awhile, and upon receiving the affect from another player the timer would be reset to the maximum.

The spell was only intended for the boss fight, as it would require the players fighting to use some extra strategy. Players would need to avoid the teammate affected while still trying to damage to the boss. However, this spell was bugged because it could also affect players' pets which could be called back and retain the spell's affect. People could then release the pet in a big town and have the entire city affected. Low level people would die immediately and mid-level players with no capability to heal would also die out.

Blizzard eventually fixed the problem but, the epidemic was so huge that researchers have looked into this instance as a virtual example of the nature of infectious diseases. Check out the Wikipedia article on it for more information.

3. A compilation video

The video touts itself as the funniest video game bugs ever. It isn't. But still, it's pretty funny. It gave me a laugh when I saw it.




Ah, good bugs. Bed bugs aren't good though. They suck.

Photos: [1], [2]

11 comments:

Will said...

Bad times; I had a friend at NYU who got bedbugs as well.

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