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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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German Airports 3 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Unlike the previous second part the expansion pack German Airports 3 can only be used in combination with Microsoft Flight...

German Airports 4 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Just as in German Airports 3 the Microsoft Flight Simulator 2002 is required. Unlike the previous parts this expansion pack...

German Railroads: Die Siebziger - Entlang der Bigge (Edition 2006) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

German Railroads: Die Siebziger - Entlang der Bigge (Edition 2006) for the Microsoft Train Simulator constitutes an improved version of...

German Trains Volume 5: Die Baureihe 111 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

German Trains Volume 5: Die Baureihe 111 is an add-on for Microsoft Train Simulator which adds the German Locomotive series...

German Truck Simulator Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

German Truck Simulator is the successor of Euro Truck Simulator and is, like the name suggests, set in Germany. The...

Germany's Next Topmodel Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

This game allows you to experience first-hand what it takes to become a top model in the fashion industry.You can...

Germany's Next Topmodel: Das offizielle Spiel zur Staffel 2009 Wii Front Cover

Windows (2009), PlayStation 2 (2009), Nintendo DS (2009) and Wii (2009)

Germany's Next Topmodel: Das offizielle Spiel zur Staffel 2009 is based on the German reality show Germany's Next Topmodel. The...

Germ Crazy Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1991) and Atari ST (1991)

In Germ Crazy, you play the part of a fledgling surgeon who must protect his patient from a debilitating, flesh-eating...

PlayStation 2 (2004)

Get On Da Mic is a karaoke game based exclusively on Hip-Hop songs. Players have to sing along with the...

Nintendo 64 (1998)

Getter Love!! is a dating sim where a high school student and his friends are having a competition to see...

Windows 3.x (1993)

A group of teenaged boys decide to tackle the gentle art of conversational seduction through a flirting simulator, running players...

Amiga (1990) and Atari ST (1990)

Gettysburg is a wargame simulating the Battle of Gettysburg (fought on July 1-3, 1863), the turning point and one of...

Windows 3.x (1994)

The battle of Gettysburg was one of the most important battles in the American Civil War. In this game, you...

GGG App Android Front Cover

Android (2013)

GGG App is a compilation of numerous Android games from GirlsgoGames.The contents as of December 26th 2013: Meet Kitty Secret...

Gianluca Vialli's European Manager Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Gianluca Vialli's European Manager is a soccer management simulation in which the user embodies both the manager and coach of...

Giant Killers Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999) and Dreamcast (2001)

Giant Killers is a text-based football management game, and as such the focus of the game is on the statistics...

DOS (1989) and Windows (2000)

This game pits the player as a single man on the prowl for some action. Custom-building the personality and traits...

CD-i (1992)

Girl's Club is a fantasy dating simulation game starring American actress Heidi Lucas. It is however not possible to date...

Gitaroo Man PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2002)

In this strange music rhythm game, you play Gitaroo-Man as you go against various music themed villains. The game puts...

Gitaroo Man Lives! PSP Front Cover

PSP (2006)

U-1 is an ordinary boy who dreams about becoming an excellent skateboarder to impress Pico, the girl of his dreams....

Glider 4.0 for Windows Windows 3.x Front Cover

Windows 3.x (1994)

A port of a Macintosh title, Glider puts you in the role of a paper airplane in its quest to...

Commodore 64 (1985)

Glider Pilot is a flight simulation allowing you to try to fly a glider around a 160km course before landing....

Global Commander Atari ST Front Cover

DOS (1988), Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987), Amstrad CPC (1987) and Amstrad PCW (1988)

Armageddon Man casts you as the Supreme Commander of a future barely balanced Earth. The Earth has been split into...

The Global Dilemma: Guns or Butter DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990) and Macintosh (1990)

Following Balance of Power, designer Chris Crawford stuck to the big-picture approach but shifted the focus from power politics to...

Global Domination DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993) and Amiga (1993)

In the near future, the world is divided in 5 power nations that will fight until the conquest of all...

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