Depending on who you ask, it’s either an art that mimics life or the other way around. As far as simulators go, however, this is clearly the first and it probably happens to an almost comical degree with the latest iteration of Microsoft’s Flight Simulator. Popular for its almost realistic virtual portrayal of real-world airplanes, instruments and locations, one modder took this to the extreme and decided to give the Virtual Suez Canal its own version of the famous EverGreen Freighter Ever Sore. head and financial losses in the real world.
Microsoft Flight Simulator, which got its final sequel last year after almost 14 years without a release, is an awesome game. It is both popular and known for its penchant for realism, supporting real-world weather and traffic data. The developers have tried to recreate as much of the real world as they can faithfully, but, of course, they can’t really adapt to real world events that change the course of history or, in this case, changes. transport.
Fortunately, the game is also open to modders and one of them in particular has taken great care to recreate a critical real-world scenario where countries and businesses are scrambling to figure out how to deal with the consequences of a single but gigantic ship blocking one of the most important waterways in the world. It was EverGreen Line’s now famous Golden-class container ship, Ever Given, that blocked the Suez Canal for five days, also blocking freight traffic in both directions.
“Microsoft CEO Technical Advisor” Mat Velloso shared a video clip of the mod in action. The clip attempts to recreate the voiceover of an almost realistic pilot, drawing the attention of passengers to the Suez Canal before noticing the Ever Given stuck in the middle. The mod can also simulate the traffic jam caused by the incident, but only if you have the Global AI Ship Traffic mod installed.
The Ever Given has become an internet meme over the past few days, but, comical as it may sound, it has caused many delays in shipments and businesses around the world. Fortunately, at the time of this writing, the ship has been released from its prison and has started to float again.