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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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Xbox 360 (2009) and PlayStation 3 (2009)

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Windows (2013)

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Windows (2004)

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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...

PlayStation (1998)

In this game you play a coach for an all-girl baseball team. The game plays like a managerial game where...

WonderSwan (2000)

In this game, you are the owner of a hamster. Your hamster is inside a cage, and is living its...

WonderSwan Color (2000)

This is the third in Bandai's "hamster simulation" series. In this game, you are the "master" of a hamster. The...

Donald Trump's Real Estate Tycoon! Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Your goal in this game is to accumulate money and properties from your starting fund.At the start of the game,...

Donkey Konga GameCube Front Cover

GameCube (2003)

A rhythm and beat game like the popular Dance Dance Revolution game series, but instead of matching the beats with...

Donkey Konga 3: Tabe-houdai! Haru Mogitate 50 Kyoku GameCube Front Cover

GameCube (2005)

The third Donkey Konga game adds the usual batch of new songs, including homages to classic NES games such as...

Don't Buy This ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1985)

Five games submitted to Firebird for evaluation (and potentially marketing) were collated in this collection, and as the title suggests,...

DOS (1995)

This BBS door game has a misleading name: rather, it should be called "See how much you can get away...

The Doonesbury Election Game Campaign '96 Windows Front Cover

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

Manage a presidential campaign in the 1996 election in "the most comprehensive and challenging election strategy game ever designed." Pair...

Windows (1998)

Dope Wars 2.0 casts you as a debt ridden drug dealer - $2000 in your pocket, but $5500 in debt...

Doppelpass DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994) and Amiga (1994)

This soccer management bundle contains Anstoss AKA On the Ball and the self-running add-on Anstoss World Cup EditionIn Anstoss you’re...

Windows (1997)

Dōsei is a social and sexual simulation game that focuses on the life of a young Japanese couple. Masaki Yamada...

Doshin the Giant GameCube Front Cover

GameCube (2002)

Doshin the Giant is an enhanced version of Kyojin no Doshin 1.This release retains the basic gameplay of the original...

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