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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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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...

Digital Pinball: Necronomicon SEGA Saturn Front Cover

SEGA Saturn (1996)

Digital Pinball: Necronomicon is the successor to Digital Pinball: Last Gladiators. Like the title indicates, the theme of and inspiration...

Windows (2001)

Digital Road is Ford Motor Company's vision of the future. It's a full virtual experience of the future including an...

DOS (1995)

Digital Warriors is a game of Core Wars. The player receives a tank, programming language, and the board on which...

Dinner Date Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

Dinner Date is an invitation to spend half an hour as the subconscious of Julian Luxemburg. He has invited a...

Dino Island Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

The objectives in this game are similar to Roller Coaster Tycoon 1 & 2. You must build your dream entertainment...

Dino Land Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1991) and Sharp X68000 (1991)

Dino Land is a dinosaur themed pinball machine. You basically have to shoot your pinball at dinosaur targets. As you...

Dinopark Tycoon DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993), 3DO (1994) and Macintosh (1994)

One of the more original "business" games made, DinoPark Tycoon is both a strategy and educational game. Build a theme...

Dinosaur Adventure 3-D Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (1999) and Macintosh (1999)

Explore Paleo Island and learn about dinosaurs. Numerous pre-rendered 3D movies and scenes abound to entertain kids ages 4-8.The object...

Windows 3.x (1994)

Dino Slot is a single player slot machine game based on a cave man / Flintstones theme.The machine has been...

Director of Football Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

Director of Football is a typical football-management game of the "German school" in the line of titles such as Bundesliga...

DiRT Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007), Xbox 360 (2007) and PlayStation 3 (2007)

DiRT is the first racing game in the Colin McRae series not to solely focus on the rally championship. It...

DiRT 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009), Xbox 360 (2009), Macintosh (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2009)

As it's predecessor, the racing-game DiRT 2 doesn't just focus on accurately simulating the Rallye-sport like the earlier installments of...

DiRT 3 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011), Xbox 360 (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

DiRt 3 is a rally racing game. Just like expected, most time is spent in races which, at least in...

Dirt Jockey: Heavy Equipment Operator  PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation (2000), PSP (2010), PlayStation 3 (2010) and PS Vita (2012)

Dirt Jockey lets the players operate heavy machinery like dump trucks, wheel loaders, bulldozers and high-reaching cranes. There are four...

Windows (2000)

Dirt Track Racing hits Australia! (Designer's home turf) Starring 6 additional Australian muscle cars (the Holdens). Twelve different series, 3...

Dirt Track Racing: Sprint Cars Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

A follow-up to Dirt Track Racing, this installment features sprint cars, those fully looking race cars with huge unbalanced wing...

Discover Great Britain Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

Discover Great Britain is an add-on for Microsoft Flight Simulator X and Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004: A Century of Flight....

Disney Friends Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2007)

Disney Friends DS lets players directly interact with their favorite Disney characters, including Stitch, Simba, Dory, and Winnie the Pooh....

Disney•Pixar's Monsters Inc.: Pinball Panic Mini Game Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

This game is part of the Wreck Room Arcade series which consists of four different "activities". You can buy and...

Disney's All Star Cards Zeebo Front Cover

Zeebo (2010)

Disney's All Star Cards is a collection of 6 card games, starring classic Disney characters such as Mickey, Minnie, Goofy,...

Disney's Cinderella's Dollhouse Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2001) and Macintosh (2001)

In this cartoon-style simulation game based on the Disney Cinderella movie and characters, the player can decorate and remodel six...

Disney Sing It: High School Musical 3 - Senior Year PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2009), Xbox 360 (2009), PlayStation 3 (2009) and Wii (2009)

Disney Sing it: High School Musical 3 Senior Year is a karaoke game similar to the SingStar games based on...

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