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Microsoft Flight Simulator Accidentally Opened A Portal To Hell

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Microsoft Flight Simulator Accidentally Opened A Portal To Hell

We think it's pretty hard to recreate the entirety of Earth without some mistakes along the way, and that's okay. We got as far as trying to draw our office and somehow forgot the doors - maybe we should leave it to the professionals. Microsoft Flight Simulator does a great job at accurately simulating what the world is like at 30,000 ft but every so often the program gets a little confused.

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When Microsoft Flight Sim was first released there was an accidental 212-storey monolith installed in Melbourne, for example, and it also made Buckingham Palace into a block of flats. This time, it's a portal into the depths of hell, and by that, we mean a hole with an airport at the bottom.

This newest, um, feature of Microsoft Flight Sim has appeared in the game's version of Brazil and shows a sharp, rectangular drop into the Earth that looks like it belongs in an Independence Day film.

This video by Larry Kyrala on YouTube does a great job documenting the hellhole, even doing a slight dip into it showing it isn't just a visual glitch, but Brazil's landscape has really caved in.

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So why has the hole appeared? No one really knows, but it's likely to do with a bit of bad data. In the description of Kyrala's video, he states that "the local terrain is around 12000 ft, but SBLG (Standard Based Learning and Grading) may not have proper field elevation data available, so for whatever reason the field elevation appears to be much lower (2690 ft) than the actual ground, which results in this odd anomaly."

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With the 212-storey building situation, people guessed the mistake came about by accidentally adding another digit in a large load of data, and this sounds like it could be a similar sort of problem. Doesn't make the game any less of an astounding technical achievement, in fact, we think it adds to Microsoft Flight Simulator's majesty.

Featured Image Credit: Microsoft

Topics: Microsoft Flight Simulator

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