Nov 30, 2012 at 09:10AM EST
Many people don’t know this, but one of the things that helped Pokemon become big was Game Freak very slyly and mysteriously spreading rumors about Mew. A Pokemon that was essentially in the game, but wasn’t. Gamers have always been fascinated by the idea that there is more to the game they are playing that can be explained by zeros and ones. Gamers imagine something limitless and infinite. People have talked about the psychology of the success of Missingno. And it it much more than the desire to cheat at the risk of losing a save file. It taps in to the love of the mysterious and the reason people play video games to begin with, and why so many creepypastas revolve around glitched games. Technology is mysterious, any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic, and we don’t even fully understand the technology in our hands. Games from the beginning have played on this in a way, by promising something more out of life. Another world to be sucked into. And instead of reminding people that games aren’t real, glitches often just feel like hidden content like a secret, and can make the game feel “haunted”.
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