Via a seekrit submittor, news that Microsoft Flight Sim and Navteq are teaming up for the next in the series of Flight Simulator. This is beyond awesome:
Microsoft is using data from NAVTEQ to create much of the world in "Flight Simulator X". NAVTEQ data such as road network information, ferry landings, railroads, detailed water information (e.g. oceans, rivers, lakes, harbors, etc.), parks, golf courses, and recreational areas, enhances the "Flight Simulator X" user experience.
NAVTEQ is used by Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo Maps, and a whole ton of GPS navigation systems. (Our NAVTEQ onboard GPS in the Australian hire car we had tried to dump us down a ravine in the bush, but that's a whole other story entitled My NAVTEQ Thinks I'm Dead.)
Mixed reactions over at those GameDev forums, ranging from NAVTEQ-data-is-8-years-old, to wahay-more-terrorists, to debates on whether a simulation is a game or not...