105 Real-Life Photos That Look Like Bad Renders

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If life was a video game… wait, what if it is? Below, we have some very intense evidence that points to the fact that our reality is full of weird, unexplainable glitches.

Quite like Blade Runner, GTA V, and even The Sims, what if Elon Musk was right and it’s one hell of a simulation? Well, let’s not just jump to conclusions before scrolling through this entertaining compilation of photos with things that look like rendering errors. Think of blurs, pixels, stuff being out of focus, you name it.

Upvote your favorite pics and be sure to check out our previous post with real-life photos that look like screenshots of a video game or a movie set.

#1 Entrance Of An Underwater Observatory In Lake Zug (Switzerland). I Took The Photo At The Weekend, Reminds Me Of The Truman Show

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#2 The Apple's Skin I Cut Looks Like From A Low-Poly Game

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It seems like the internet’s fascination with real-life bad renderings captured on camera is anything but new. Similar cases can be found at “The place for puzzling perspectives, confusing angles, and missing context,” aka the r/confusing_perspective Reddit page, which is home to 1.3M members. Make sure to check out our previous post with the compilation from the subreddit right here.

#3 8-Bit Pupper

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#4 I Think There's A Glitch In The Matrix

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#5 When The Sun Is Directly Overhead In Hawaii, It Looks Like A Bad Video Game Render

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Similarly, there’s a whole website, ‘RealTime Rendering,’ that shares a bunch of 'Real Artifacts' spotted outside CGI. Here, the creators provide an illuminating explanation of the internet’s beloved phenomena: “Rendering is hard, partly because the real world doesn't look as good as we think it does. We find real phenomena that resemble computer graphics artifacts amusing. Here are some real photographs that look like rendered images, sometimes because the photographer was trying to make it look synthetic, and sometimes because life can imitate the 'art' of computer graphics.”

#6 This Picture Of A Car Bumper Taken After A Car Crash Looks Like It Belongs To A Car Coming From Another Dimension

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#7 Drive Past This Building Every Morning, Finally Enough Traffic Today To Safely Take A Picture

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#8 A Friend On Social Media Spotted This One Pixel Glitch In The Matrix

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Also known as visual examples of “IRL glitch in the matrix,” the interest in such visually confusing photos has to do with another greater trend. Those who believe in the theory of simulation, Elon Musk included, find such pictures not just entertaining, but illustrative of the fact that no reality is objective and perfect. Ours included.

#9 This Is Flat Farmland In Eastern Colorado With Windblown/Melted Patches Of Snow Creating A Crazy 3D Illusion

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#10 The Way The Leaves Grow On This Tree Make It Look Blurry

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#11 Floating Truck Canopy

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And while for some, this is purely a subject of debate to elaborate on with friends over a bar counter, some truly believe that our universe is a simulation run by a higher-order technological civilization. So in order to find what exactly that means and how it changes our perspective of reality, we reached out to Gunnar De Winter, the science communication specialist at the Flanders Institute of Biotechnology.

#12 Poorly Rendered Trees, Just A Transparent Texture

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#13 Not A Glitch In The Photo, Jama Masjid, Ahmedabad

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#14 The Furniture In This Room Made The Photo I Took Look Like A Render

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“Basically, the simulation hypothesis is the idea that our lives, our universe is a simulation run by some higher-order technological civilization,” Gunnar said and continued: “This rests on the assumption that at some point a civilization will have the computational resources to run such a civilization.”

“If they then run several of such simulations, we could additionally assume that, if we are a random sample, we're more likely to be one of the simulations rather than one of the rare 'real' civilizations,” he explained.

#15 When The Trees Don't Render

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#16 Gotta Turn Up Render Distance

#17 Sky.exe Failed To Load Some Pixels

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Gunnar explained further: “Let's say that we are indeed living in a simulation, what would that mean for us as individuals? For your daily life, probably not much. Could you hack the simulation or find cheat codes? Even if possible, that would be risky. We are part of the simulation, so if you break it or have the beings who do the simulating turn it off, it would effectively erase our universe.”

#18 A Black House In Germany

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#19 This Mosque In Istanbul Looks Like It Was Rendered On The Lowest Settings Possible

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#20 This Building Looks Like It Had A Rendering Error

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On the other hand, Gunnar added that you could argue that living in a simulation is an encouragement to live life to the fullest. “After all, the more interesting you make it for whoever is running the simulation, the lower the chance that they would flick the off button.”

“Finally, living in a simulation—and being aware of it—would bring a whole host of interesting philosophical questions to the forefront, as well as consideration on religion, and so on,” he explained.

#21 This Tree I Saw Today Looks Like It Didn’t Render Correctly

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#22 Eastern Redbud Looks Out Of Focus

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#23 My Buddy's Cup Before Our Final Exam Looked Quite Weird On The Table

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#24 Part Of The Cloud Is In Low Resolution

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When asked whether there’s a possible way to prove or disprove that we live in a simulation, Gunnar said that there are a few ideas, “but as for whether those are actually technically possible—that's way beyond my expertise.”

He continued: “Most of these ideas are about either zooming in or out. We could try to look at the smallest bits of reality, the resolution of the simulation. If we find a certain 'pixel size' that doesn't fit with our current physical theories, that might be a clue.”

#25 The Fog During My Flight Makes Illinois Seem Like It Hasn’t Rendered

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#26 My Peeler Gives Pixelated Looking Peels

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#27 This Building Looks Like It's Just One Wall Of Windows

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#28 This Floating Ice Effect Caused By A Flood

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“On the other hand, we might look at some of the largest representations of the universe we have. If there are unexpected patterns in the cosmic background radiation, that could be a clue as well. Clues, of course, are not evidence. As Carl Sagan said: 'extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence,'" the science expert concluded.

#29 My Unmounted Sheet Metal Roof Looks Fake

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#30 Someone Hasn’t Completed The World Of Light Map

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#31 This Apple Has A Blurry Streak That Looks Like The Texture Hasn't Loaded All The Way

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#32 The Clouds Are Glitching In Phoenix, AZ

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#33 Just The Tide Line, Church Bay, NZ

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#34 Flying Into Or Out Of A Partially Loaded City

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#35 This Grass Brick Combo

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#36 My Job Is To Build Walls Not Move Screens

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#37 The Carts Sign Letters Appear To Float In The Air

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#38 Half-Rendered Building

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#39 Skin Texture Failed To Load

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#40 This Diseased Leaf That Looks Pixelated

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#41 Just A Guy Wearing A Hoodie

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#42 This Fence Looks Like The Boundaries Of A Game's Playable Area

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#43 Downloading Windows - 90% Complete

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#44 Help, My Bike Spawned In A Wall

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#45 Car Failed To Render Completely

#46 This Bizarre Brickwork On My Neighboring Building

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#47 Textures On The Church Hasn't Loaded Yet

#48 This Parking Deck Looks Like It Has Poor Anti-Aliasing

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#49 This Tree Looks Like A Graphics Glitch

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#50 Real Life Video Game Glitches

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#51 Looks Like Part Of The Building Is Just Windows

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#52 A Building That Seems To Be Flat

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#53 This Pattern Makes It Look Like The Floor Suddenly Drops Off

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#54 "Lahaina Noon" Is When The Sun Is Positioned Directly Overhead, And It Causes Some Objects To Look Photoshopped Into The World

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#55 This Shadow From Two Different Trees In My Parking Lot

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#56 When You Can Only Afford A 10x10 Shadow Map

#57 A Glitch In The Matrix

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#58 Buildings Look Like They Haven't Fully Rendered In

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#59 The Screens Make These Trees Look Poorly Rendered

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#60 This Building That Looks Like It Glitched During The Rendering

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#61 Was In An Airplane When I Noticed How Far My Rendering Distance Actually Is

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#62 The Clouds Failed To Render

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#63 Rendering Error

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#64 This Is In Focus

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#65 This Building Looks Like A Movie Prop

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#66 This House In My Neighborhood Looks Like The "Untextured" Version Of Others

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#67 2D Building

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#68 This Tunnel Photo I Took Looks Like A 3D Render

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#69 My Phone Glitched While Taking A Picture Of The Sunset And This Happened

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#70 The Way The Shadows Look Between My Coffee Mugs

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#71 The Shadow Of This Tree Looks Like It Was Poorly Rendered

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#72 This Boat Looks Like A GPU Rendering Error

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#73 These Vases Look Like They Haven't Rendered In Yet

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#74 The Shadows Aren't Rendering Properly

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#75 Mirage On Lake Ontario Makes Boat Look Like It's Flying

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#76 The Paint On This Building Is The Same Shade As The Sky

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#77 Photo I Took Of The Charles River Looks Like Two Different Pictures

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#78 The Reflections In This Building Make It Look Like A Bad Render

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#79 Textures: Ultra, Shader: Ultra, Water: Ultra, Shadows: Low

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#80 Damage From Beechie Creek Fire In Gates Oregon

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#81 When Your Textures Haven’t Fully Loaded Yet

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#82 Building Not Rendered

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#83 The Grid Patterned LED Street Lamps Makes The Leaves' Shadow Look Like It Was Rendered On Low Settings

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#84 The Background Of My Friends Picture Looks Like A Rendering

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#85 The Reflection Off A Skyscraper Looks Like The Sky

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#86 This Tree Started To Render Itself Differently Halfway

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#87 The Shine On This Filing Cabinet Makes It Look Like It's Fading Away

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#88 These Sea Barrier Rocks Look Like A Poor Computer Generation

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#89 This Cut In Half Truck That Looks Like It's Coming Out The Floor

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#90 Somebody Made A Trailer With The Same Car That He Pulls The Trailer With

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#91 Phone Died As I Was Taking This Picture At My Job At A Vet's Office. Result Was This Glitched Photo Of Thomas The Bengal Cat

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#92 Didn't Have Enough Batter Left For A Full Waffle. Looks Like It Didn't Finish Rendering

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#93 This Bush In My Front Yard Looks Like A Video Game Render

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#94 This Floor Looks Like It's Glitching Out

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#95 This Cool Pattern Cast On The Snow By Our Street Light

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#96 These Tables Look Like A 3D Rendering

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#97 The Shadow Of This Bench Looks Like Pixels In This Picture I Took

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#98 A Tower In San Francisco Had Its Material Set To Be Semi-Transparent. Or The Napa Fires Caused A Haze In Front Of The Building, Illuminated By The Sun

#99 The Back Of This Traffic Signal Looks Like It Hasn’t Rendered Correctly

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#100 I Cut A Pack Of Bacon In Half

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#101 These Pates That Look Like A Low-Resolution Texture From A Videogame

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#102 Dead Pixel In Google Earth

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#103 The Construction Next Door Doesn’t Look Real - It Looks Like A Painted Backdrop

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#104 The Way The Snow Melted In My University's Courtyard Makes The Floor Look Like A Video Game

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#105 Ladder Glitch