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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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European 5-A-Side Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1988), ZX Spectrum (1988) and Amstrad CPC (1988)

Five a side football is played indoors, in a walled arena which causes the ball to rebound at an angle...

European Air War Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

European Air War is an action based flight-sim which features 20 flyable aircraft: On the American side, P-51 (B, D),...

European Champions DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993), Amiga (1993) and Atari ST (1994)

This football game aims for a higher level of realism than most of its contemporaries. The game can be viewed...

DOS (1991), Amiga (1990), ZX Spectrum (1991) and Amstrad CPC (1991)

European Superleague is a managerial soccer simulation which is about an fictional European league featuring eight of the most successful...

Europe in Flames Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

This is a compilation of many of Talonsoft's Campaign Series of turn-based wargames. The collection includes: West Front West Front...

Europe I: Scenery Enhancement for Microsoft Flight Simulator DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994)

This unofficial Scenery Disk for the MS Flight Simulator (at least Version 5.0 required) adds the flight areas of Germany,...

Eurotour Cycling Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

Eurotour Cycling is a cycling manager where the player is responsible for the athletic success of its team. This mode...

Euro Truck Simulator 2 Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013) and Windows (2013)

Euro Truck Simulator 2 is the follow-up to the 2008 truck simulation game of the same name. Situated across UK...

Euro Truck Simulator: Gold Edition Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

This gold edition is an updated re-release of the original Euro Truck Simulator. The new content includes UK scenery with...

Evasive Action DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993)

An interesting flight sim that takes you through four world wars. This sim allows you to flight historically accurate planes...

Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987), Amstrad CPC (1987), BBC Micro (1987) and Electron (1987)

Evening Star is basically an enhanced Southern Belle - a steam engine simulator - with the route changed to early...

EVE Online Windows Front Cover

Linux (2007), Windows (2003) and Macintosh (2007)

EVE Online is an online RPG which is set in a futuristic galaxy. The main focus of the game is...

Everblue 2 PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2002)

Leonardo (Professional Salvager / Diver) and his partner Zucco wash up on a Caribbean island after sailing into a storm....

Everest Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

EVEREST. Dangerous, ominous, and totally unpredictable. Ascend the greatest, most dangerous mountain on earth with Ed Viesturs as your virtual...

Evergreen Avenue PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2001)

This is a world where spirits and magic exist, but have slowly been disappearing. Long ago, relations were cut between...

Every day the same dream Browser Front Cover

Windows (2009), Macintosh (2009) and Browser (2009)

Every day the same dream is a grim game about the tedious life of an office worker. Every day he...

Browser (2008)

Everyone Wins Bingo is a browser game adaptation of the American bingo, with some slight modifications. As in normal bingo...

Evochron Alliance Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

Evochron Alliance is a sci-fi action game where the player controls a space ship. Aliens want to conquer the earth...

Evochron Mercenary Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

Evochron Mercenary is a sandbox space game. While there is a basic main mission set, it is relatively unimportant to...

Evolution: The Game of Intelligent Life Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997)

A sort of combination of Civilization and SimEarth. You control one of the earliest tetrapods (land animals), and try to...

Arcade (1975)

EVR Race is Nintendo's first game that uses true electronic video. Video footage is stored on EVR tape (Electronic Video...

Windows (2008)

Execution is an experimental art game about the consequences of one’s actions. The game tries to confront the players with...

Executive Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

Executive is an add-on for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2000.This pack allows the the player to pilot two executive jet aircrafts...

Executive Suite DOS Front Cover

DOS (1982)

After a short job interview, you get hired to Mighty Microcomputer Corporation. You have only one goal in your mind:...

Windows (1999)

Expert Pool is a billiards simulation game that recreates the look, feel and atmosphere of a live pool game by...

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