So, Assassin’s Creed 4. You’re a pirate. It’s kinda awesome, though I’ve mostly so far only watched Ben play it rather than playing it myself. But like all games, there are glitches.
This one was amazing.
Yes, the choral music was added as a joke.
I love glitches like these in games because they illustrate a topic I always find interesting: emergent behaviour. These actions were not specifically programmed, but came out of something askew being input in some variable in all the existing equations that under normal circumstances worked perfectly sanely. It’s like how Newtonian physics works in most cases, until you get into cases near light-speed or around black holes, where you need special relativity because something wacky happens to the calculations. This was something very wacky happening to the calculations despite all the calculations working perfectly elsewhere.
The whole damn universe is a set of emergent properties for a very simple and very fundamental ruleset that probably is itself a result of some other extradimensional brane-collision or fold in the fabric of the multiverse. Time itself is an emergent property of the existence of our universe. Physics and chemistry and life, all emergent. This sort of complexity emerging from simpler rulesets is exactly why people are so frequently inclined to assume Goddidit.
A description for the vision-impaired:
Somehow, instead of the Jackdaw spawning next to the dock in the game world like it should have, it spawned way, way, waaaaaaay below sea level. The game engine didn’t know how to handle that, what with all the crew spawning where they should. So they… floated. They kinda died in the vacuum that should have been either a boat or the surface of the water. Then, the game engine figured out it’d done something wacky with the boat, and since it already knows to try to keep the boat on top of the water thanks to waves, it very very slowly pulled the boat back up to where it should have been.
And the crew members who’d died in the empty void in the sea where the boat should have been, well, they floated up into the heavens at the same rate that the boat was rising.