Microsoft Flight Simulator Players Spent 16 Hours Flying From LA to Dubai
With its regularly updated flight navigation data and inclusion of every airport on the planet, Microsoft Flight Simulator has managed to take the photorealism of recent AAA games to new heights. While many players have tried to check out their hometowns or landmarks like Buckingham Palace in Microsoft Flight Simulator, some Twitch streamers recently decided to double down on the game’s realism by completing an in-game international flight in real time.
In a Twitter announcement, Twitch streamers Bruce Greene and 2SoonBoon announced that they would be streaming Microsoft Flight Simulator for sixteen straight hours. However, to throw in an additional twist, Greene and Boon announced that they would be completing an in-game flight from Los Angeles to Dubai from a fake cockpit. According to Greene’s chat, this flight is the one of the longest trips available in the world, going as long as seventeen hours in more challenging conditions.
In the first minutes of the stream, Greene and Boon clambered into the cockpit wearing pilot uniforms. To play on the Twitch stream’s premise, the two streamers introduced their producer, Jeremy Haché, as their Air Traffic Controller. As they settled in, Boon introduced the flight’s itinerary to viewers, and confirmed they would be flying on a Boeing 747.
While they continued to tweak their streaming setup from the cockpit, Greene explained that the idea for this stream came from a joke about the road trip video game Desert Bus. Greene eventually pitched the idea to Twitch, which funded the stream’s development and the replica cockpit. After taking off from the LAX airport, Greene and Boon proceeded to pilot the Boeing to the United Arab Emirates while drinking, napping and entertaining several guests.
The flight was not without its complications. Seven hours into the stream, Boon and guest Alanah Pearce crashed the plane for the first time due to an unexpected fuel shortage. However, the trio managed to relaunch Microsoft Flight Simulator despite a stuck loading screen, and continue on their planned flight path. Several hours later, another guest overstressed the plane’s wings and caused another crash. And finally, when the crew arrived in Dubai, they landed safely – before promptly crashing into a hangar.
The hilarious chaos of this Twitch stream even caught the attention of Microsoft, which used the official Xbox Twitter account to dryly joke about where the streamers’ cockpit came from. However, fans seemed to love Greene and Boon’s many misadventures, and the August 18 stream successfully showed the appeal Microsoft Flight Simulator‘s gameplay could offer straight from its release day.
Microsoft Flight Simulator is available now on PC, with an Xbox One version in development.