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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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DOS (1987), PC Booter (1987), Amiga (1988), Commodore 64 (1986), Apple II (1986) and Apple IIgs (1987)

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Destroyer Command Windows Front Cover

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Determinance Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Determinance is a sword fighting simulator. Each player takes on the role of an immortal super warrior who have been...

Detroit DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993) and Amiga (1994)

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Deus DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996) and Windows (1996)

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Commodore 64 (1986), ZX Spectrum (1984) and MSX (1985)

Deus Ex Machina is an unusual and experimental game by Mel Croucher. In 1987 all UK records of the Department...

Deutschland Singt Online: Party Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

Deutschland Singt Online (DSO) is a karaoke-game for the PC. Besides it's primary core feature - the karaoke mode, the...

Deutschland Singt Online: Pop Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

Deutschland Singt Online (DSO) is a karaoke-game for the PC. Besides it's primary core feature - the karaoke mode, the...

Dice de Chocobo Game Boy Advance Front Cover

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Browser (2009)

Dictator Wars was a simulation game on Facebook where players assumed the role of a dictator of an unnamed country...

Die Fugger II DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996) and Windows (1996)

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Die Gilde DS Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2009)

In Die Gilde DS the gamer takes the role of a trader, who starts as his father's heir almost destitute...

Windows (2009)

Die große ProTrain Perfect Box contains the following games: ProTrain Perfect ProTrain Perfect AddOn 1: S-Bahn Leipzig ProTrain Perfect AddOn...

Die Reitakademie Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

Pauline gets "discovered" by the riding teacher Clara Milan, who offers her a scholarship at a Horse Residential School, a...

Die Reitakademie: Special Edition Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

This special edition of Die Reitakademie continues to centre on horses, friends and a first love. The school of your...

Die Siedler: Aufbruch der Kulturen Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Olympus had it enough with those stupid humans and doesn't want them to use his name for anything anymore. But...

Die Siedler II: Die nächste Generation - Gold Edition Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012)

This Gold Edition contains the games The Settlers II: 10th Anniversary and the extension The Settlers II: 10th Anniversary -...

Die Siedler IV: Community Pack Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

The fourth add-on to The Settlers: Fourth Edition features over 60 new single- and multiplayer maps as well as four...

Die Siedler IV: Die Neue Welt Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

The Vikings discovered America - the new world. But instead of claiming it for their own, they announce a regatta:...

Die Siedler (Platin Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

This compilation includes: Serf City: Life is Feudal The Settlers II (Gold Edition) The Settlers III: Ultimate Collection The Settlers...

Die Sims 2 Add-On Bundle Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

This bundle contains three add-ons for The Sims 2. The main game itself is not included however. The add-ons are:...

Digital: A Love Story Linux Front Cover

Linux (2010), Windows (2010) and Macintosh (2010)

Digital: A Love Story is a visual novel set in 1988. The player acts as the protagonist who receives a...

Windows (2003)

It's tough being a great computer user, but without the grades to prove it. As a mediocre college student, you...

DOS (1987)

Digital League Baseball is a single player, shareware, baseball simulation.The player can select either the four major leagues of the...

Digital Pinball: Last Gladiators SEGA Saturn Front Cover

SEGA Saturn (1995)

Digital Pinball: Last Gladiators is a pinball simulator. It has four different tables (Gladiators, Knight of the Roses, Dragon Showdown...

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