Depending on who you ask, it is either art that mimics life or vice versa. When it comes to simulators, however, it is clearly the former, and it probably comes to an almost comical degree with Microsoft’s latest iteration of Flight Simulator. A modder popular for its almost realistic virtual representation of real planes, instrumentation and locations, it has taken it to the extreme and decided to give the Suez Canal its own version of the infamous EverGreen cargo ship Ever Given that causes real headaches and financial losses in the real world.
Microsoft Flight Simulator, which got its last sequel last year after almost 14 years without releases, is a huge game. It is both popular and notorious for its penchant for realism, which supports weather and traffic data taken from the real world. The developers have tried to recreate as much of the real world as they could faithfully, but of course they can not adapt to real events that change the course of history, or in this case transport.
Fortunately, the game is also open to modders, and in particular they took great pains to recreate a real-world critical scenario that causes countries and businesses to figure out how to deal with the consequences of a simple but gigantic ship blocking one of the world̵
“Technical Advisor to the CEO of Microsoft” Mat Velloso shared a video clip of the courage in action. The clip tries to recreate an almost realistic pilot’s voice-over, and calls passengers’ attention to the Suez Canal before noticing Ever Given stuck in the middle. The mode can also simulate the traffic jam that the event has caused, but only if you have installed the Global AI Ship Traffic mod.
The Ever Given has become an Internet meme in recent days, but as comical as it may seem, it has not caused delays in shipping and business worldwide. Fortunately, at the time of writing, the ship has been released from prison and has begun to float again.