Laws of physics take a holiday

Ride your bike off a skyscraper and you’d expect to not so much ride as plummet to a very messy death. That’s the way it’s supposed to work in ‘realistic’ video games too, but a glitch in Grand Theft Auto V means players can cheerfully ride down the side of skyscrapers.

Apparently, the game’s physics engine interprets falling off a building on a bike as riding down the side of it, and doesn’t take into account the small matter of a vertical slope not being something you can ride down even if you’re Danny MacAskill.

According to games website MotoringCrunch.com, riding down skyscrapers in now the happening thing in the game’s online multiplayer mode.

Developer Rockstar Games is expected to fix the glitch soon, so if you’re a gamer and want to find out what it’s like to ride down a skyscraper, you’d better move quickly, or watch this animated GIF:

Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.

Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.

Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.

The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.