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Simulation

Description

Simulation games are created with the goal of putting the player in control of a certain activity while attempting to make it as realistic as possible.

In the strictest sense of the word, all electronic games are simulations, since they cannot exist without simulating aspects of real life. However, simulation genre only includes games that focus (entirely or mostly) on imitating real-life activities. That does not mean that simulation games must be completely realistic; for example, space combat simulation games simulate an activity that is (yet) unknown to human beings. The distinguishing feature of simulation games is their emphasis on realism and detail comparable to those encountered in real life.

Most simulation games are not story-driven, since they concentrate on describing general activities, not concrete situations. Among notable exceptions are Wing Commander games, which combine space combat simulation with a continuous narrative.

Simulation themes vary greatly; theoretically, they are limited only by the amount of activities known to human beings. Simulation themes include, for example, traffic networks, medical care, romance, music, and many others.

Simulation games can be roughly divided into five main groups:
  • Managerial simulations put the player in a position of a manager or a similar role.
  • Construction simulations primarily involve building, for example cities.
  • Life simulations may deal with human life or life in general.
  • Professional / Social simulations are dedicated to specific social activities and professions.
  • Vehicle simulations allow the player direct control of a vehicle with a certain sense of realism, for example plane, space ship, tank, etc.
Simulation can also be used as a modifier for other genres, for example Strategy (realistic re-creation of historical battles), Racing / Driving (particularly realistic vehicle-handling, tuning, repair, etc.), or Sports (team management, training, trading, etc.).
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PlayStation 2 (2002) and Arcade (2002)

The second PlayStation 2 DDR title released in Japan features 70 songs and includes the Diet and Oni modes in...

DDRMAX Dance Dance Revolution PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2002) and Arcade (2001)

The popular arcade dance game is back in its first PS2 version. Step in the right direction when the arrows...

Deadlock: Planetary Conquest Windows Front Cover

Windows (1996), Windows 3.x (1996) and Macintosh (1997)

Players take the roles of aliens deadlocked on a planet surface. You spend turns building and expanding, and ultimatly warring....

Deal or No Deal Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2007)

Deal or No Deal is based on the TV game show of the same name. It puts one contest against...

Deal or No Deal Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

Deal or No Deal is based on the TV game show of the same name. Gameplay is simple; pick one...

Deal or No Deal: Secret Vault Games Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Loosely based on the game show Deal or No Deal, Secret Vault Games is a selection of minigames based on...

PlayStation 2 (2004)

In the near future, a UFO crash in Tokyo reveals the existence of aliens to the world. The stranded aliens,...

D├ębut Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1990) and Atari ST (1990)

A planet sits on the verge of environmental disaster. It's the player's job to find the sources and shut them...

DOS (1989), Commodore 64 (1988) and Apple II (1988)

The second volume of the Decisive Battles of the American Civil War series allows the player to reenact another five...

DOS (1992), Commodore 64 (1988) and Apple II (1988)

The third volume of the Decisive Battles of the American Civil War series allows the player to reenact another six...

Decisive Battles of the American Civil War, Volume One Commodore 64 Front Cover

DOS (1990), Commodore 64 (1987) and Apple II (1987)

Decisive Battles of the American Civil War, Vol. 1 lets you take the place of commanding generals in six battles...

Decisive Battles of World War II: Battles in Normandy Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

Battles in Normandy is a turn based strategy in the Decisive Battles of World War II series.The game uses a...

Decisive Battles of WWII: Ardennes Offensive Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997)

Decisive Battles of WWII: Ardennes Offensive is the first game in the Decisive Battles of WWII series. It's a turn...

Deep Fighter Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000) and Dreamcast (2000)

As a private in the defense force by The General, players take on deadly missions to seek out and destroy...

Commodore PET/CBM (1979)

Deepspace is a textual space ship combat simulation. The player can play in three different systems, choose from three different...

Deep Space: Operation Copernicus DOS Front Cover

DOS (1987), Commodore 64 (1987) and Apple II (1987)

It is the year 2123. The genetically-programmed warriors of the Andromedan Hegemony are making the first moves to enforce their...

Deep Strike Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1986) and Amstrad CPC (1986)

Deep Strike is set in World War 2, and you form part of a squadron attempting a dangerous mission of...

Deer Hunt Challenge Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

Deer hunt Challenge is a hunting game that offer dozens of ways to hunt trophy bucks. Large 3D environments offer...

Deer Hunter Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997) and Macintosh (1997)

The first in a long-lasting series of hunting simulators, Deer Hunter puts the player in the role of a man...

Deer Hunter PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2003)

Deer Hunter is a hunting game made for the PlayStation 2 featuring online tournament play. Hunt in a variety of...

Deer Hunter 2003 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

You have only one aim in this game: to kill as many deer as possible, being able to kill your...

Deer Hunter 2004 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

Experience true hunting excitement in the great outdoors. Gear up using a variety of sporting arms, camouflage and equipment to...

Deer Hunter 2005 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

Deer Hunter 2005 is a game in the Deer Hunter series, that simulates deer hunting in real-life based locations with...

Deer Hunter 2: The Hunt Continues Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

You still play the role of a hunter searching for bucks and does to kill, all in first-person perspective, only...

Windows (2000)

The game that started it all is back for more, with even MORE deer to hunt! Get all the hunting...

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