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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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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...

Disney Th!nk Fast PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2008)

A game based upon the popular Buzz! series. The questions are now all Disney related and the host of the...

Windows 3.x (1995)

In this installment of Diva X series of interactive virtual sex simulators, you meet Ariana, a lonesome brunette in the...

Diva X: Rebecca Windows 3.x Front Cover

Windows 3.x (1996)

In this installment of Diva X series of interactive virtual sex simulators, you meet Rebecca, a French brunette in distress,...

Dive Bomber DOS Front Cover

DOS (1988), Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1988), Apple II (1988), ZX Spectrum (1988) and Amstrad CPC (1988)

In World War 2, the Bismarck battleship has been dominant thus far. Armed with torpedoes and a machine gun, can...

Diver: Deep Water Adventures Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

Diver: Deep Water Adventures is an underwater diving simulation with action elements.The player takes control of the adventurous diver Andy...

PC-98 (1994)

In the year 2065, the Earth's ecological system has collapsed. Global pollution made it impossible to further dwell on the...

Diver's Dream PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1998)

Diver's Dream is a game inspired by Luc Besson's movie The Big Blue. The player meets an old man named...

Windows 3.x (1996)

Diversions Slots is a single player shareware slot machine simulation. In the registered version the player can play one, two...

Dizzy Dice DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990), Commodore 64 (1987), Atari 8-bit (1987), ZX Spectrum (1986), MSX (1988), Amstrad CPC (1987) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1987)

Dizzy Dice is a gambling game simulating a fruit machine. You start with a fixed amount of cash. As you...

DJ: Decks & FX House Edition PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004)

Use your PlayStation 2 to mix House records. The game gives you two decks, mixer, sampler, effects unit and loops...

DJ Hero Xbox 360 Front Cover

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

DJ Hero is in the same vein as the Guitar Hero series, with the guitar replaced with a DJ's turntable,...

DJ Hero 2 PlayStation 3 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010), PlayStation 3 (2010) and Wii (2010)

DJ Hero 2 is the follow up on the Faux instrument rhythm game DJ Hero. Using either a standard console...

Xbox 360 (2009) and PlayStation 3 (2009)

The Renegade Edition includes: DJ Hero Premium turntable controller with gold trim Hardshell carry case that converts into a stand...

Windows (2013)

As a poor street urchin you one day find an egg in the street. The egg hatches and a Djinn...

Windows (2004)

DJMAX is an online multiplayer game, similar to IIDX or O2JAM. The gameplay consists of notes falling down the screen,...

Do 335 Pfeil Tour of Duty DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992)

Do 335 add-on for Secret Weapons of the Luftwaffe. Manual featured historical details about the plane.

Browser (2006)

Due to an inability to read Japanese, one must conjecture a backstory for this simulation. It seems a female patient...

Dogz Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2006) and Nintendo DS (2006)

Dogz along with Catz, is the first installment of the Petz series in the DS. The player starts off by...

Game Boy Color (1999)

Dogz is a virtual pet and basically the same game as Catz. The player adopts a dog and has to...

Dogz Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

Dogz is an offering in the long-running series of Petz games. It is the PC equivalent of the 2006 Dogz...

Dogz 2 Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2007)

Dogz 2 is the sequel to the Nintendo DS Dogz, a title of the Nintendo DS Petz series.Differently to the...

Windows (1997)

As in the original, Dogz 2 presents you with an alternative to having a real dog. You start raising your...

Dogz 5 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Dogz 5 is the latest addition to the Petz series by Ubi Soft. This version comes with many new features...

Dogz: Your Computer Pet Windows 3.x Front Cover

Windows 3.x (1995) and Macintosh (1996)

Dogz: Your Computer Pet is the first game entirely based on caring for a virtual pet, even before the Tamagotchis...

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