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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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Fate of the World Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011) and Macintosh (2011)

Fate of the World is the sequel to Climate Challenge. It is a simulation of the social and environmental impact...

Fate of the World: Tipping Point Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2012) and Macintosh (2012)

Fate of the World: Tipping Point is a compilation of the original game along with enhancements and additional content. It...

FDC Live Cockpit! Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

FDC Live Cockpit is an add-on for Microsoft Flight Simulator 98, Microsoft Flight Simulator 2000, Microsoft Flight Simulator 2002 and...

Ferrari Formula One DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1989), Commodore 64 (1990) and PC-98 (1988)

With the full support of Scuderia Ferrari, Formula One racing was recreated in detail in this simulation, with the top...

Ferrari Grand Prix Challenge Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1992)

Following F1 Grand Prix Nakajima Satoru, Varie produced another racing simulation using the license. This time the racing is from...

Windows (2001)

In Feuerwehr 3D, you play as a firefighter combating raging fires and bringing arsons to justice.The game takes place in...

PlayStation (1999) and WonderSwan (1999)

Fever is a pachinko simulator. Pachinko is a Japanese cross between a pinball case and a slot machine. This game...

Field of Fire Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984), Apple II (1984) and Atari 8-bit (1984)

Field of Fire is a historically accurate tactical game of WWII combat. You play the commander of Easy Company, one...

Field & Stream: Trophy Bass 3D Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

Fish for bass and multiple fish species on many famous lakes across North America.Travel across virtual 3D lakes on your...

FIFA Manager 06 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

Featuring a brand new name, the Total Club Manager series enter 2006 featuring a new interface and major changes on...

FIFA Manager 07 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

Keeping the same style carried from the ANSTOSS series to Total Club Manager 2003, in FIFA Manager 07 the player...

FIFA Manager 07: Extra Time Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

After asking players to put requests on the official boards, Gerald Köhler and his FM07 team decided to do a...

FIFA Manager 08 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

FIFA Manager 08 allows the player to take control of a football team. The player has almost the complete club...

FIFA Manager 09 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

FIFA Manager 09 is a typical German soccer manager where the player is responsible for the financial and athletic success...

FIFA Manager 10 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

FIFA Manager 10 is a managerial simulation in which the player is responsible for the financial and athletic success of...

FIFA Manager 11 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

FIFA Manager 11 is a managerial simulation in which the player is responsible for the financial and athletic success of...

FIFA Manager 12 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011)

FIfa Manager 12 is a managerial simulation in which the player takes control over a soccer team. In several menus...

FIFA Soccer 96 DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995), PlayStation (1995), SNES (1995), Genesis (1995), SEGA 32X (1995) and SEGA Saturn (1995)

FIFA Soccer 96 is a football (soccer) simulation. The game includes eleven leagues from all around the world, ranging from...

Fighter Ace 3.5 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Fighter Ace 3.5 is an online combat flight videogame that takes the player to the skies over Europe and the...

Fighter Bomber: Advanced Mission Disc DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), Amiga (1990) and Atari ST (1990)

This is an add-on for Fighter Bomber, featuring 16 challenging missions (attack a submarine, protect an airfield etc.), new ground...

Fighter Duel DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995)

WW2 air combat simulator, port of the 1991 Amiga hit Fighter Duel. The game comes with 13 accurately modeled planes...

Fighter Duel: Special Edition DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996)

This special edition is a re-release of the original game with additional features. It contains: Fighter Duel Improved flight models...

Fighter Pilot Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984), Atari 8-bit (1985), ZX Spectrum (1983) and Amstrad CPC (1985)

An area of 15000 square miles is incorporated into this combat flight simulation from specialists Digital Integration. A full cockpit...

Fighter Pilot Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

Fighter Pilot is an arcade-style simulation of a fighter plane. Simplified controls, physics, and tactics allow beginners to the field...

Fighter Pilot 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

An add-on for Microsoft Flight Simulator X or 2004, Fighter Pilot 2 allows you to fly five new military aircraft....

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