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Posted 28 October 2010 - 11:13 PM

I posted a video a bit back of me playing and showing the "void" that I had found at the end of the map.

I was told this is not a glitch. However I have been told that this is a "bug" that Notch knows about. So what is the difference between a "bug" and a "glitch"? If there is none, was I wrong to call the void a "glitch"?


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Posted 28 October 2010 - 11:30 PM

Whoever said that doesn't know what the words mean either, as they both mean the same thing and neither are the correct term for that thing.


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Posted 28 October 2010 - 11:31 PM

So the void is neither a bug or a glitch? Then what is it. IMO it doesn't seem to be added intentionally.

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Posted 28 October 2010 - 11:53 PM

I'm pretty sure it is, considering it's specifically programmed to kill you.


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Posted 28 October 2010 - 11:54 PM

Never though of it that way... hmmm

Maybe you are right. Guess I'd have to ask Notch to get a straight answer.

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Posted 29 October 2010 - 02:42 AM

A bug is the common term used to describe an error, flaw, mistake, failure, or fault in a computer program or system that produces an incorrect or unexpected result, or causes it to behave in unintended ways.

A glitch is a short-lived fault in a system. It is often used to describe a transient fault that corrects itself, and is therefore difficult to troubleshoot.

There is a slight difference.
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Posted 29 October 2010 - 02:46 AM

I thought bugs were a constant thing, a fault in the programming, where a glitch is just an error in the process, and doesn't occur for others.
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Posted 29 October 2010 - 02:52 AM

yeah thats true, glitch is well something that occurs sometimes, and is usually fixed relatively quickly
bugs are usually something thats wrong in the code and data in the game.

but what about how people glitching in a game to their advantage. isnt that term used wheneither the programmers didnt think everything through in the game and the players found it?
theres a "glitch" and then theres "Glitching".
so whats "Glitching"?
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Posted 29 October 2010 - 04:14 AM

A bug tends to be more software/scripting error or anything more behind the scenes. A glitch is usually easier to replicate, and tends to be caused by unexpected inputs.


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Posted 29 October 2010 - 06:12 AM

Funfact: A word bug (in computer terms) came from earliest computers, that kept crashing because of real bugs were inside that computer.
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Posted 29 October 2010 - 09:02 AM

As far as I can tell the difference between the word bug and the word glitch is so meaninglessly small that there's no point differentiating them.

Glitch sounds much cooler though so use that one.



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Posted 29 October 2010 - 10:39 AM

The void was originally a flaw in the adminium code, but Notch decided to keep it and make it a feature :3

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Posted 29 October 2010 - 10:57 AM

a bug is normally game braking well a glitch is normally a more graphical error like walking though things .etc

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Posted 29 October 2010 - 02:34 PM

Bug = error in code
Glitch = bad collision/scale (for example, not being able to jump on something or walking through walls)


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Posted 29 October 2010 - 06:17 PM

I believe glitch is just something that allows you to do something that you shouldnt (like clicking a button too fast or walking to some place that makes you lets say get flung away because of the way the physics were made)
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Posted 29 October 2010 - 06:29 PM

I'm sticking with the idea that it's all semantics since alot of your definitions contradict eachother.



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Posted 29 October 2010 - 06:31 PM

I never thought there was a difference between them until I thought about it because of this topic. Here's my interpretation:
Bugs are things that put there accidentally by whoever created it. A glitch is something a person would stumble upon that's not supposed to happen when they are doing something.

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Posted 29 October 2010 - 07:40 PM

The difference between a glitch and a bug often amounts to the same difference between a Trekkie and a Trekker.  The exclusive use of one or the other is often on scale with how elitist you want to be in front of others.  Casual use of either term however can show that you are not a total self-righteous jerk.  :oP
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Posted 29 October 2010 - 08:09 PM

A glitch is I think best explained like, an irregular error where the coding doesn't do what it's set to do.  Eg something completely not rendering or something to where there is coding to prevent or do something and it just for some unknown reason doesn't

A bug is a consistent hole in coding where there is no code to prevent/do something.  For example in an online game where you could gain prospectively infinite experience easily, where that's not the intent of the game and it shouldn't be allowed, but you can consistently cause it to happen.
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Posted 30 October 2010 - 12:02 AM

A bug could be considered something achieved through mistake in development while a glitch could be achieved through mistake in gameplay.

While the Void could be considered a bug you have to consider that Minecraft is still in Alpha and not everything has been developed.

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