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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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Enhanced European Terrain Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

This is a scenery update for use with Microsoft Flight Simulator 2002, and Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004. Normally the scenery...

Commodore PET/CBM (1980)

Enigma is a simulation of the type of message encryption devices used by the Germans from the 1920s until the...

Enigma: Rising Tide Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

Enigma: Rising Tide creates a new level of naval combat simulation by harnessing elements from RPG, first person shooters and...

Enigma: Rising Tide (Gold Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

The Gold Edition of Enigma: Rising Tide updates the original game and adds some new features.This is a team-oriented naval...

Windows (2010), Macintosh (2010) and Browser (2010)

Enoshima Line Simulator is a commuter train simulation of a trip between the Chogo and Sakuragaoka stations on the Odakyƫ...

Windows (1997) and OS/2 (1997)

Entrepreneur is a business simulation game. In the game you can start your own computer company and try to conquer...

Epic DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992), Amiga (1992), Atari ST (1992) and PC-98 (1993)

The sun is about to go supernova and humanity must find a new home. All the population is packed into...

DOS (1995)

Epic Baseball is a baseball management and coaching simulator. The game allows for Exhibition Play as well as League Play....

Epic Citadel iPad Front Cover

Browser (2012), iPhone (2010), Android (2013) and iPad (2010)

Epic Citadel is a high tech interactive infomercial that demonstrates the Unreal Engine 3 technology. It was originally showcased at...

Commodore PET/CBM (1980)

Epidemic is a simulation game in which the player can set a number of starting variables and then watch in...

DOS (1983), Apple II (1983) and Atari 8-bit (1983)

It's 1989, and there's good news and bad news. The good news: there's a spectacular meteor shower scheduled to light...

Macintosh (2003)

Codeblender Software's Epsilon Tahari: Reign of the machines is a futuristic combat game. You are a lone pilot and you...

Windows (2008)

The Equestrian is a simulation where you start as a amateur equestrian and work your way up to the international...

ER Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

Direct from the TV series, ER places you in the life of an intern in the emergency room. Start out...

PC-98 (1995)

Escalation '95 doesn't have a particularly elaborate story: the protagonist is a female student named Naomi, who attends the Catholic...

Escape Velocity Nova Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2003) and Macintosh (2002)

In Escape Velocity Nova (EVN) the player takes the role of a starship captain, warping from system to system, trading...

Macintosh (1998)

This space trading simulation sequel uses extended features of the original game engine. It has a new story in a...

Game Boy Advance (2001)

While this version incorporates the many gameplay options of it's Japanese counterpart, JGTO Kounin Golf Master: Japan Golf Tour Game...

ESPN International Winter Sports 2002 PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2002), Xbox (2002) and GameCube (2002)

While not officially endorsed by the Winter Olympics, the game is modeled closely to it with 10 events that include...

Game Boy Advance (2002)

Take on the world in 10 different events. Compete in two forms of Ski Jumping (K=90 and K=120), Alpine Skiing...

PlayStation 2 (2001)

ESPN MLS Extra Time is the first soccer game created by Konami's Hawaiian Studio and borrows the game engine from...

ESPN MLS GameNight PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2000)

ESPN MLS Gamenight is a soccer simulation game that uses the same engine as ISS Pro Evolution, with both ESPN...

SNES (1994) and Genesis (1994)

ESPN Speed World is a generic racing game that is made to resemble NASCAR. The player is given a stock...

PlayStation 2 (2001)

ESPN X Games Skateboarding lets players experience a simulation of actual skateboarding based on the extreme sporting event, the X...

DOS (1989), Amiga (1989) and Atari ST (1989)

E.S.S. (European Space Simulator) challenges the player to manage a space shuttle trip starting with 200,000 coins in cash. Successful...

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