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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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Commodore PET/CBM (1979)

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

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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)

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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...

Deer Hunter 5: Tracking Trophies Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

This is the fifth game in the Deer Hunter series, and the last published by WizardWorks before it got acquired...

Deer Hunter Tournament Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

As another game in this long running series, Deer Hunter Tournament continues the tradition of detailed simulations allowing players a...

Windows (2003)

A compilation of 3 hunting games. Games included: Deer Hunter 2003: Legendary Hunting Trophy Hunter 2003: Legendary Hunting Bird Hunter...

Windows (1999)

Deer's Revenge is a parody on the Deer Hunter series, much like the Deer Avenger. In this game the player...

Defcon 5 DOS Front Cover

DOS (1987), Amiga (1988) and Commodore 64 (1987)

The player takes the role of a DOD operative who must use the BMD(Ballistic Missile Defense System) to protect the...

DEFCON: Global Nuclear Domination Game Linux Front Cover

Linux (2007), Windows (2006) and Macintosh (2007)

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Defiance Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997)

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Windows (2007)

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Amiga (1993)

Delivery Agent is a managerial simulation in which between one and four players take control over a forwarding agency. The...

PC-98 (1993)

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Deluxe Ski Jump DOS Front Cover

DOS (2000)

Deluxe Ski Jump is a shareware ski jumping simulation with full 3D graphics and simulated physics. The game contains 32...

Deluxe Ski Jump 4 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011)

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Democracy Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005) and Macintosh (2006)

Democracy is a no-frills political simulation game, focusing simply on the tactics of being the elected leader of a country....

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