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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SNES (1994) and Genesis (1994)

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PlayStation 2 (2001)

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

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The Essential Selection: Flight DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996)

The Essential Selection: Flight is a compilation of three flight simulation games: Wings of Glory 1942: The Pacific Air War...

E.S.S Mega DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991) and CDTV (1991)

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Estamos Pensando Browser Front Cover

Browser (2008)

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Windows (2004)

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Browser (1998)

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Windows (2003)

This Soccer Management game will let players assume control of teams from 12 different European leagues in 5 different countries...

Windows (2005)

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Eurofighter Typhoon Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

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Eurofighter Typhoon Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Eurofighter Typhoon is an aircraft add-on to Microsoft Flight Simulator X and Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004: A Century of Flight....

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Windows (2008)

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Eurofighter Typhoon: Operation Icebreaker Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

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Euro League Football Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

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Euro Loco Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Euro Loco is a unofficial add-on for Microsoft Train Simulator and contains nine new locomotives with passenger and fright rolling...

Europa Universalis: Crown of the North Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

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Europa Universalis IV Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2013) and Macintosh (2013)

The empire building game Europa Universalis IV is the fourth installment in the Europa Universalis series. The game gives players...

Europa Universalis IV: Conquest of Paradise Linux Front Cover

Linux (2014), Windows (2014) and Macintosh (2014)

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Europe Ablaze Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1985) and Apple II (1985)

Europe Ablaze puts hundreds of planes at your command to send out over the deadly skies of Britain, France, and...

European 5-A-Side Commodore 64 Front Cover

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

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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),...

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