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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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DOS (1995)

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Green Dreams Browser Front Cover

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Greg Norman's Shark Attack! The Ultimate Golf Simulator DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990) and Commodore 64 (1990)

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GRID Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008), Xbox 360 (2008), Macintosh (2013), PlayStation 3 (2008) and Arcade (2010)

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Grimm's Hatchery Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

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Windows (2006)

Ground Environment is an expansion for Flight Simulator 2004, replacing the existing skies and terrain with photo-realistic textures for the...

Grumman F6F Hellcat Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

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Nintendo 64 (1998)

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GTI Racing Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

As the title suggests, GTI Racing focuses exclusively on the Volkswagen Golf series cars, offering a selection of 15 models...

GT Legends Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

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GT Power Expansion  Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011)

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GTR 2: FIA GT Racing Game Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

GTR 2 is the "official simulation of the FIA GT championship" and uses the same physics engine as the first...

GTR 2: FIA GT Racing Game (Game of the Year) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

This Game of the Year edition (as presented by many websites, in their racing/driving categories, for 2006) combines the original...

GTR Evolution Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

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GTR Evolution Complete Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

This Steam package includes GTR Evolution and Race 07.

GTR: FIA GT Racing Game Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

Armed with official FIA license, GTR attempts to be highly accurate simulation of FIA GT racing. The game has three...

Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

South-Western Pacific, August 1942. US Marines capture the strategically important island in the first American amphibious assault of World War...

Apple II (1982)

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Guderian Apple II Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986), Apple II (1986) and Atari 8-bit (1986)

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Commodore PET/CBM (1980)

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The Guild 2: Pirates of the European Seas Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

The first add-on to The Guild 2 brings several new features and changes to the original game but the main...

The Guild 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

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The Guild 2: Venice Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

The Guild 2: Venice is the second add-on to The Guild 2 but doesn't require the main game to play.As...

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