Highly non-technical answer:I would say they are effectively interchangeable, though there tends lớn be a nuance in the way they are used:

The word bug is usually used when an intended game state is not achievable, due khổng lồ an unforeseen issue in the game"s code. I.e., you are unable to complete a màn chơi (or a quái dị doesn"t spawn, etc.) due lớn an error in the code.

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The word glitch is usually used when an unintended game state is achievable, due lớn an unforeseen issue in the game"s code. I.e., you are able to video clip through the ground (or advance khổng lồ a part of a quest that normally requires more objectives lớn be met) due to lớn an error in the code.

Additionally, "glitch" is used lớn refer to issues with graphics và sound in a way that "bug" almost never is.

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I don"t see one answer with sources so far, although perhaps that will change after I post this.

In General

Glitch & Bug are essentially synonymous, but some groups will draw different, subtle differences depending on context. The most common theme among these differences is that glitches are sudden, or temporary, & the most common manifestation of this theme is that bugs are mistakes in code, while glitches are the behavior that results from those mistakes.

To illustrate this, here are the definitions of Glitch and Software Bug from Wikipedia:

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

A software bug is an error, flaw, failure or fault in a computer program or system that causes it khổng lồ produce an incorrect or unexpected result, or lớn behave in unintended ways. Most bugs arise from mistakes và errors made by people in either a program"s source code or its design, or in frameworks & operating systems used by such programs, & a few are caused by compilers producing incorrect code.

Note that a glitch is described as "transient". Also chú ý that the glitch is the fault itself, whereas a bug might refer more lớn the code that causes the fault, which is less transient than the actual fault.

Common Usage Definitions

Here are some dictionary definitions of glitch & bug, to illustrate how similar these terms are in common usage.


glitch 1 a : a usually minor malfunction ; also: bug 2 b : a minor problem that causes a temporary setback : snag

bug 2 : an unexpected defect, fault, flaw, or imperfection

Note the use of "temporary" lớn describe a glitch, but also lưu ý that an alternate definition is simply "bug".

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glitch 1. A minor malfunction, mishap, or technical problem; a snag: a computer glitch; a navigational glitch; a glitch in the negotiations. 2. A false or spurious electronic signal caused by a brief, unwanted surge of electric power.

bug 3. A. A defect or difficulty, as in a system or design. b. Computers A defect in the code or routine of a program.

Note the idea of a brief surge of power nguồn in one of the glitch definitions, but also lưu ý how general the first definition is, và how it is essentially the same as a "defect".

Those who have always known of a certain distinction between "glitch" & "bug" as being the "correct" one should chú ý these dictionary definitions, & keep them in mind when speaking to someone outside of whatever sub-culture or profession makes that distinction. The person you"re speaking with may regard the terms as completely synonymous.


These terms are used in, as involves software, và software involves bugs. Some subtle distinctions specific khổng lồ this context can be made, but - as you can see from the other answers here - there"s no real consensus on what those distinctions should be. So, it"s the same general situation, where "glitch" is more likely to mean the manifestation of a bug at run-time, & "bug" is more likely khổng lồ refer lớn the issue in the actual code.

Wikipedia"s Glitch page has a section entitled đoạn phim game glitches. This section treats the terms as interchangeable:

Glitches/bugs are software errors that can cause drastic problems within the code, and typically go unnoticed or unsolved during the production of said software. ... Texture/model glitches are a kind of bug or other error that causes any specific model...

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