Glossary - Glitch

The term Glitch refers to a quick fault in a system. This temporary fault may last for a short amount of time, which makes it hard to troubleshoot. 

A glitch may be found in the areas of electronics and computing industries, video game development, and even in circuit bending. Even on a broader concept, every system is prone to glitches, even nature and humans. Glitching, which is quick and, most of the time, temporary, is different from something more severe like a bug. A bug can break a system down and stop it from functioning as a whole. Experts see a glitch as a mysterious and unknown force that shows itself in surprise inputs. Whereas a bug is a system error that has a more significant effect on the platform as a whole, and can be easily pinpointed most of the time. 

Video game glitch

Glitches are errors that are inside video game software. These errors can cause significant problems inside the code, and usually, these glitches go without being found during the development process. Since the failures have not been discovered, they are being left unfixed. A game can cause a glitch, and the players can exploit these errors until the developers fix them via patches. Big software programs are often full of glitches and bugs upon their alpha release. But as time passes, they are set with updates that are rolled out. 

A physics glitch can also happen in a video game. These types of glitches are a result of errors inside the video game’s physics engine. These errors can cause objects and non-playable characters (NPCs) to be moved unintentionally.