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Microsoft Flight Simulator’s visual glitches sprinkle in a dose of cosmic horror

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Microsoft Flight Simulator (2020) is an impressive piece of technology that has … a few algorithmically generated glitches. Fans and players have reported all sorts of odd occurrences, and the game is otherwise so realistic that the bugs come across almost like weird cosmic horror.
Microsoft Flight Simulator is an incredible piece of software that allows players to fly around a virtual re-creation of Earth and glimpse stunning vistas. Feeling cooped up? Why not stretch your legs by going on a luxurious flight around the world? It is so well-crafted and lifelike that when the seams in the simulation inevitably appear, they’re alarming. There’s a weird cosmic horror sense to some of these in-game errors; they look exactly like our world, except just different enough that you have to stop and do a double-take. For instance, consider Melbourne, Australia. Microsoft Flight Simulator delivers a very realistic portrayal of the city — except for the towering skyscraper that looms over every other building, like an impossibly tall obsidian monolith engineered to eclipse anything mortal hands could build. 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.

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