Glitches That Involve Freezing and the Rage They Cause

Screenshot by Flickr User: Sklathill
Screenshot by Flickr User: Sklathill

Today’s post is the last of my little glitch series, until I experience enough new ones to write another post about them.  Won’t that be nice?  Ahem, this time I discuss freezing, quite possibly the worst glitch ever.  You can’t work through it.  It just happens, and there’s nothing you can do.  Nothing.  Games never un-freeze.  No, of course, not!  That would be too tolerable if they unfroze!  I hate games that freeze!

Lesser annoying freezing: “Donkey Kong Country 3” is my only glitchy Super Nintendo game.  It always gets slow in the lightning level, and one day, I accidentally touched the cartridge when the game was starting up.  This caused most of my files to be erased, which was quite upsetting.  But, the glitch I am getting to is when I once went into one of the bear’s houses, and the screen suddenly got distorted and froze.  Ever since, I’ve been terrified to go in the bear’s places ever again (not that it’s ever been not stressful to walk into a bear’s house)!  Fortunately, at least no more freezing has occurred, and it’s my least favorite “DKC” game anyway.  Aren’t you proud of the positive spin I put on this glitch?  Also, in “Harvest Moon 64”, walking over the bridge was an ordeal (and there weren’t even any bears), as the game would freeze occasionally when you did.  It was an evil bridge.  Evil.

The freezing that made me combust in rage, so it is fortunate that I live in a duck pond: A damaged copy of “Final Fantasy VII” chose a terrible time to freeze, after a long sequence of cut scenes.  Oh, it made me so mad.  It’s halfway through disc two, at the crater, and you first must cross this annoying, narrow area several times, and if you get hit by something, you must fight enemies.  And sometimes I can’t even see what it is I’m avoiding, so I hit it over and over again.  Then, I get a zillion cut scenes.  Count them.  A zillion.  One with Sephiroth.  One in this cave.  One with Weapon getting woken up.  One with some flashback with Cloud and Tifa.  Then…then!  Tifa wakes up in this place, and Barrett’s there, and he opens the blinds, and the screen goes across the room to show you Meteor outside, and…and…  It froze!  It friggin, diggin’ froze!  I was so frickin’ mad!  You have no idea!  Not only did I just sit through a zillion cut scenes (count ‘em!), but I ran through that stupid area where you don’t know what to not hit!  And it’s one of the greatest games ever, making the freezing that much more conducive to you tearing your own head off!

So I tried it again.  Games never freeze twice in a row in the same area.  Oh, but it did.  It got just a little farther this time, and I thought it would do it…but no, it froze again, at just past the same spot as last time!  So I restarted the game again, ready for my third attempt.  Okay, it got farther that time.  Maybe…oh my gosh, it did it again!  It froze again!  At the same exact spot as the first freeze!  You gotta be kidding me!  Oh!  My!  Gosh!  So I spent a bunch of money and bought myself a brand new copy of the game, and a week later when it arrived, I sat through all that crappy crap crap once again, time number four (count it!), and it worked this time.  It finally worked.  Such a happy day.

Freezing that occurred as a result of my Cube hating me, even though I’m nice to it: And then my damaged GameCube had the nerve to freeze on multiple occasions.  In “Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door”, the same game that had skipping sound, do you know where it froze?  Guess.  It’s pretty much the worst place you can think of.  Yes, that’s right.  The Pit of 100 Trials.  You get down 80, 90 levels (Count!  Them!), and it freezes.  I try again.  80, 90 levels, it freezes!  Oh, my gosh, knock it off!  I played hours and hours in this level before finally reaching the end without freezing (and dying, but at least my failure was legitimate this time).

And then there’s “Sonic Adventure 2: Battle”.  The Cube didn’t like this game.  Story mode, fine.  But, replaying these same exact levels in mission select, suddenly it wasn’t so fine anymore.  Was there a change?  No.  The Cube just decided it didn’t cause me enough pain with the Pit of 100 Trials.  It had to make my suffering complete, by freezing over and over again in this game.  I couldn’t pet a Chao without the game freezing.  I kid you not.  I love my Chao.  I’ve had them for a good ten years now, and I’m attached to them, especially Rocky, my little unicorn Hero Chao.  And I couldn’t pet Rocky.  The Cube would make these snapping sounds and freeze.  I could hardly even enter the Chao Garden anymore, especially the Hero one, without it freezing.

Eventually, I also found that Knuckles was no longer allowed to dig.  Piece of the Master Emerald underground, tough luck, you’re not getting it.  I try to dig, with pauses in between, as the Cube snaps like a little beast with all sides of the same area, to try to prevent any freezing.  But, as careful as I was, it still froze.  I became afraid of my stupid GameCube and its weird, snapping noises.  I was afraid to pet my Chao.  I was afraid to dig holes.  I was afraid to do anything.  When it decided to freeze early on in “Rayman 3” in the Bog of Murk (my favorite level!), I decided enough was enough.  I ended up just having to get a new console (because my Wii appears to be illiterate, as it won’t read Cube memory cards, even though it plays Cube games just fine), and you know what, I can finally pet Rocky and dig again.  You never think you’d miss being able to dig holes until you can’t do it anymore.

Share your pain on the dreaded ordeal of freezing.  And do you find freezes to be the most atrocious glitch ever in the history of the universe as we know it?

A Frozen Duck, Defrost Me, Please, But Not for Eating

6 Comments Add yours

  1. renxkyoko says:

    I t took me ages to finish God Of war Ascension because of the glitches. I went to the forum to check if it was just me… well, I wasn’t alone. Some were able to return the game ( but only at Best Buy )

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    1. duckofindeed says:

      One game that took me forever was “Hunter: The Reckoning”, but it was because I bought a refurbished Xbox to play it on. That thing was horrible. It froze constantly, so I had to repeat stuff all the time because it would freeze before I reached save points. After a few weeks (I don’t know why I kept it that long), I gave it back to the store and just bought a new Xbox. I replayed the game and got through much quicker that time.

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  2. Hatm0nster says:

    These glitch articles you write always fascinate me Duck. As I’ve stated before, I don’t encounter glitches in my games. I guess I’ve led a charmed existence in that sense. Sure there have been freezes here and there, but nothing debilitating (the exception was first that my first 360 couldn’t handle Skyrim). I’ve played countless hours in each of the games you’ve mentioned (except for Harvest Moon) here and have not encountered a single glitch.

    Still, major respect for getting to Bonetail. I’ve never even attempted that yet. Have the glitches followed you into the current generation?

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    1. duckofindeed says:

      My main freezing issues were due to damage, such as the “FF7” disc being used (and possibly cleaned wrong, as I saw circular swirls on the bottom, and I know that’s not how discs are meant to be cleaned…) and the GameCube being damaged in a move, and it’s possible I did some harm to “DKC3” that time when I accidentally bumped it when I was turning the SNES on…. Fortunately, all my other consoles mainly really only get the smaller glitches I’ve mentioned in previous posts. I do get a lot of glitches, though. Rather strange.

      My main glitches encountered in the last generation of consoles (as I don’t have any of the current ones yet) were sound glitches on the PS3, involving “Ratchet and Clank: Tools of Destruction” and “PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale”. Fortunately, that has happened to many people, so it was a relief finding out that there was nothing wrong with my PS3, after all.

      I’ll never be able to beat Bonetail. He was so tough. And I’m terrified of the Pit of 100 Trials in that game now, even if my new GameCube doesn’t freeze like the old one did.

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  3. simpleek says:

    I hate glitches, at least when they’re the frustrating kind. I had that happen to me quite recently when I was playing Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning on the Xbox. I was fighting some small fry monsters and my character got stuck in one spot and couldn’t move! Even after I managed to kill everything in sight, I couldn’t move to the next area. Luckily, I was able to save, restart the game, and voila! Character was free from her invisible prison. I’m hoping I don’t encounter the kind of glitches you had to deal with. I’d be pissed too if I dealt with the ones you listed!

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    1. duckofindeed says:

      The worst glitches are the ones that stop you from progressing through a game. I had several instances in this “Spyro” game where Spyro just got stuck. Like I jump on a rock just right, and he would kind of float on it, so he couldn’t get any footing in order to jump off the rock. So I just pressed buttons and swirled the control stick around until he finally fell off the stupid rock. And then one time, he went partway under something and kept running in place, and I couldn’t get him to jump and escape. Again, I mashed buttons until he finally got free. It was so frustrating!

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