Cargo ship stuck in Suez Canal shows up in a ‘Microsoft Flight Simulator’ fly-by

A rendering of the container ship Ever Given, which is stuck in the Suez Canal, shows up in a “Microsoft Flight Simulator” video shared on TikTok. (TikTok screenshot via @donut_enforcement)

Nothing like a little current events mixed in with your video game play.

The saga of a container ship that’s been stuck in the Suez Canal for six days has made its way to “Microsoft Flight Simulator.” A TikTok video shows the view from the cockpit of a passenger plane flying along the busy waterway, and the captain informs passengers that “this is where most of our world trade and cargo ships come through.”

The captain then spots the stuck ship and tells passengers to buckle up for a fly around. “It appears they have a big problem,” he says.

The video was shared on Twitter by Mat Velloso, technical advisor to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.

“Flight Simulator,” Microsoft’s longest running product franchise, returned to the skies last August with its first refresh in 14 years. The game takes advantage of technology enhancements including use of Bing Maps’ global imagery and the Microsoft Azure cloud platform, along with artificial intelligence tech that enables live traffic and real-time weather.

The 220,000-ton ship is causing big problems for the global supply chain as ships full of everything from cars and oil to livestock and laptops wait for salvage crews and tugboats to free the vessel and unclog the busy route, according to The New York Times.

The internet has also been responding for several days with its usual supply of snark and memes.


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