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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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Graduation PC-FX Front Cover

Windows (1997), TurboGrafx CD (1994), WonderSwan (1999) and PC-FX (1994)

Graduation is a Japanese anime "life-sim" game which are popular in Japan. Except for Princessmaker 2, which was never officially...

Graham Taylor's Soccer Challenge Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1992) and Atari ST (1992)

Although Graham Taylor was the England international football manager at the time this game was released, the player starts a...

DOS (1988), Amiga (1988) and Atari ST (1989)

Grand Fleet is a World War I Tactical Naval Combat Wargame/Simulation. The time frame covers from the beginning of the...

Grand National Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1989), ZX Spectrum (1985), iPhone (2011) and iPad (2011)

Every aspect of the famous horse race, held over the daunting hurdles course at Aintree in Liverpool every April, is...

Grand Ouvert Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

Grand Ouvert is a humorous Skat cards game simulation. Instead of faceless computer AI opponents the player faces up to...

Grand Prix 3 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

Grand Prix 3 aims to be a complete simulation of the 1998 Formula 1 World Championship, and features all the...

Grand Prix 3 Season 2000 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

This is the only official add-on CD for Geoff Crammond's Formula One Grand Prix 3. With it, the game is...

Grand Prix 4 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Do you like Formula 1 racing, the Grand Prix series, racing in general or do you just want to be...

Grand Prix 500 2 DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991), Amiga (1991), Atari ST (1991) and Amstrad CPC (1991)

You can choose between 4 bikes, 12 tracks (including favourites like Brno, Suzuka and Spa), with 1 or 2 players...

Grand Prix 500 cc Commodore 64 Front Cover

DOS (1987), Atari ST (1987), Commodore 64 (1987), Amstrad CPC (1986) and Thomson TO (1986)

Grand Prix 500 cc is a motorbike simulator viewed from behind your bike. It lets you ride on 12 circuits...

Grand Prix Circuit DOS Front Cover

DOS (1988), Amiga (1989), Commodore 64 (1988), ZX Spectrum (1990), Apple IIgs (1989), Amstrad CPC (1990) and Macintosh (1989)

Formula One racing is recreated in detail in this simulation. You have the choice to drive a Ferrari 187/88C, a...

Grand Prix II DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995)

All the circuits and drivers of the 1994 Formula 1 World Championship is recreated in Geoff Crammond's second racing simulation....

Grand Prix Legends Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

Grand Prix Legends is a racing simulator based upon the 1967 Formula 1 season, cars and tracks.The game mimics the...

Grand Prix Manager Windows Front Cover

Windows (1995) and Windows 3.x (1995)

In Grand Prix Manager, the goal is to build a successful Formula One racing team, and keep it there for...

Grand Prix Manager 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (1996) and Windows 3.x (1996)

Take control of one of the existing Formula 1 teams (or one of two customizable fictitious ones) and try to...

Grand Prix Unlimited DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992)

This is a Formula One simulation similar to World Circuit / Formula One Grand Prix, including the real teams and...

Gran Turismo PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1997)

The first game in the Gran Turismo series of racing simulations.You can choose between the arcade version (featuring classic cars...

Gran Turismo PSP Front Cover

PSP (2009)

Gran Turismo is the first installment of the Gran Turismo series on Sony's PlayStation Portable.The Real Driving Simulator features a...

Gran Turismo 2 PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1999)

Second game in the Gran Turismo series of racing games exclusively for the PlayStation. Features 20 tracks and over 400...

Gran Turismo 3 A-Spec PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2001)

This is the third game in the Gran Turismo series of racing games.The game is now an even more realistic...

Gran Turismo 4 PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004)

Gran Turismo is back and there is a huge variety of cars, including the Model T Ford, Jay Leno's Tank...

Gran Turismo 4: "Prologue" PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2003)

Gran Turismo 4: Prologue is a lite version of the later released game Gran Turismo 4. In reality, this game,...

Gran Turismo 5 PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2010)

Gran Turismo 5 is the sixth iteration of Sony's flagship racing franchise developed by Polyphony Digital. The game is the...

PlayStation 3 (2012)

An updated version of Gran Turismo 5.It contains: The base game Complete Pack (new cars, courses and paint schemes) Car...

Gran Turismo 5 (Collector's Edition) PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2010)

This Collector's Edition includes: Gran Turismo 5 Exclusive limited edition Kyosho designed 1:43 scale diecast 2009 Nissan GT-R Spec V...

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