Microsoft Flight Simulator Includes Some Unusual Sights
Parts of the world are perfectly recreated in Microsoft Flight Sim, while others need some work.
Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 is already one of the year's biggest hits, offering a whole world for its would-be pilots to explore in a year when travel has been otherwise restricted. With such a huge world to build, Microsoft Flight Sim relies on algorithms to generate most of it, which has resulted in some interesting new landmarks and other unusual sights. You can check out some examples documented by players below.
In one case, the simulator has downgraded the Queen's house, turning Buckingham Palace in London into a fairly dismal-looking block of flats. While The Shard and the O2 Arena in London were modeled and added manually, it seems Buckingham Palace didn't get the same treatment.
Apparently, the new Microsoft flight sim has used AI to map the entire world. But it's not done it all that great, and turned Buckingham Palace into a generic 90s office block. https://t.co/hgJnGmauPI pic.twitter.com/KybFG7XOf9— Oli Mould (@olimould) August 18, 2020
Likewise, while Sydney Harbor sports a loving recreation of the Opera House, the iconic Harbor Bridge has been replaced by a much more generic freeway bridge.
Everything seems to be in order here.✅ pic.twitter.com/3m2GguxU8j— Edmond Tran (@EdmondTran) August 18, 2020
An error caused a ridiculously tall building to appear in Melbourne, jutting into the sky. As it turns out, this was the result of a college student making a typo while editing data. We hate when that accidentally creates the tallest building in the world!
The error was later corrected by another @openstreetmap user, BUT, in the interim, Microsoft took an export of the data and used it to build Flight Simulator 2020. The result... this incredible monolith (2/2) pic.twitter.com/wXKBK03Gcd— Liam O 🦆 (@liamosaur) August 20, 2020
Edinburgh Castle in Scotland didn't escape Flight Simulator's divine wrath.
edinburgh castle has also been butchered pic.twitter.com/RLqKI2HiwN— laura holliday (@laurahday) August 19, 2020
A bridge in Portland includes a wallpaper pastiche of trucks.
The scariest bridge in Microsoft Flight Simulator is this one in Portland that's just a solid wall with trucks glued on the sides. pic.twitter.com/09Vouyyn5q— Hayden Dingman (@haydencd) August 19, 2020
And apparently, the game doesn't quite know what to do with certain types of foliage.
By far my favorite Microsoft Flight Simulator quirk is that it doesn't know how to handle palm trees, so Southern California is full of these terrifying obelisks jutting forth from the pavement like so many teeth. pic.twitter.com/OqkmuSfimn— Hayden Dingman (@haydencd) August 19, 2020
But maybe best of all, Melbourne, Australia sports an impossibly tall and thin skyscraper that very much invades your airspace.
In Microsoft Flight Simulator a bizarrely eldritch, impossibly narrow skyscraper pierces the skies of Melbourne's North like a suburban Australian version of Half-Life 2's Citadel, and I am -all for it- pic.twitter.com/6AH4xgIAWg— Alexander Muscat (@alexandermuscat) August 19, 2020
Players on Reddit have accumulated a number of similar landmarks, such as the ancient Roman Arènes de Nîmes, which also has a couple of terrace buildings in its center for good measure.
The tallest statue on the planet, the 182m Statue of Unity in India, has also been replaced by… well, nothing much really.
The golden Shwedagon Pagoda in Myanmar is barely recognisable in game, and even more strangely, a number of the green-roofed pagodas that surround it have been turned into huge apartment blocks.
While it's perhaps understandable that MSF's world-building technology was a little confused by some of the more uniquely-designed monuments in the world, it also seems to have a tendency to put buildings where they don't belong, like on a football stadium, or even an airstrip.
And then there's… whatever this is.
so important to note: not ALL of the places in Microsoft Flight Sim are rendered that well. Like this road my brother landed on pic.twitter.com/5g7FD1wK9V— Alex Walker (@dippizuka) August 18, 2020
Microsoft Flight Simulator is available now for PC through Steam or the Microsoft Store for $60, or through Xbox Game Pass. Check here to see if your PC will be able to handle this mammoth game.
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