Players flying over a suburb in Melbourne have spotted the freakish structure, which was apparently incorporated in the game due to an erroneous edit on OpenStreetMap, a source for Bing Maps.
Microsoft Flight Simulator does a stunning job of faithfully recreating the world inside a virtual game. But not everything is true to life.
Case in point: Players who’ve been flying over an Australian suburb in Melbourne have noticed a giant monolith that’s over 200 stories high.
The obelisk-like building is so tall and narrow, it looks like something out of the sci-fi video game Half-Life 2, according to Alexander Muscat, an Australian gamer who tweeted images of the structure this week.
Since then, Flight Simulator players have been traveling to Melbourne to check out the massive structure. But why is it even there?
Well, Microsoft created the environments inside the game by tapping Bing Maps, which is updated with new topography data from a variety of sources.
One of the sources includes OpenStreetMap, which will take edits from anyone. Internet users began sleuthing and noticed an erroneous edit to OpenStreetMap was made a year ago: in an apparent typo, a user made a building located in the Melbourne suburb 212 stories high.
Microsoft later incorporated the giant building into the game even though the erroneous edit was later fixed. Hence, the virtual Australia found in Flight Simulator is now home to the largest manmade structure on the planet.
Microsoft launched the game only two days ago, so it’s no surprise that players are finding bugs here and there. Others include Buckingham Palace in England, which was apparently rendered as a modern office building rather than an actual Victorian-style palace. Meanwhile, some players have found you can fly your plane into orbit around the planet.
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