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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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Guitar Hero: On Tour - Decades Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2008)

Guitar Hero On Tour: Decades is the direct sequel to the Nintendo DS game Guitar Hero: On Tour.Played from a...

Guitar Hero Smash Hits Xbox 360 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2009), Xbox 360 (2009), PlayStation 3 (2009) and Wii (2009)

Guitar Hero Smash Hits is a spin-off Guitar Hero game featuring a compilation of songs from earlier releases in the...

Guitar Hero: Van Halen PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2009), Xbox 360 (2009), PlayStation 3 (2009) and Wii (2009)

An expansion to the wildly popular Guitar Hero series, GHVH features 25 songs by the group Van Halen, as well...

Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010), PlayStation 3 (2010) and Wii (2010)

Warriors of Rock is the sixth main game in the rhythm game series. Similar to the previous games it focuses...

Guitar Hero: World Tour Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2009), PlayStation 2 (2008), Xbox 360 (2008), Macintosh (2009), PlayStation 3 (2008) and Wii (2008)

Guitar Hero: World Tour is the fourth main game in the series and brings a major change to the concept....

Guitar Rock Tour Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2008), J2ME (2007), iPhone (2008) and Nintendo DSi (2009)

The first musical game for mobile phones devoted purely to the guitar and rock music has just received a massive...

Gunboat DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), Amiga (1991), TurboGrafx-16 (1992), ZX Spectrum (1990) and Amstrad CPC (1990)

Gunboat is a 2D action simulation. You take control of a U.S. Gunboat in several conflict zones.Your Gunboat carries a...

Xbox (2004)

As natural resources grow scarce, the world plunges into war while governments attempt to hold on to what little remains....

Gunship DOS Front Cover

DOS (1986), Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1986), Commodore 64 (1986), ZX Spectrum (1987), MSX (1989), Amstrad CPC (1987), PC-88 (1990), PC-98 (1989), FM Towns (1990) and Sharp X68000 (1990)

Gunship depicts one of the Western world's finest attack helicopters: The AH-64A Apache. This simulation recreates the weapons, flight systems,...

Gunship PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1996) and PS Vita (2012)

An update to Gunship 2000. This updated game now includes full textures on all 3D objects. The game features two...

Genesis (1993)

Gunship is the Mega Drive version of the MicroProse helicopter series. Just like the original game the player gets to...

Gunship! Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

This is the direct sequel to Gunship 2000, a fondly-remember title from the early 90s. Once more you jump into...

Gunship 2000 DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991), Amiga (1993), Amiga CD32 (1994) and PC-98 (1993)

Take the Apache, the new Longbow Apache, The Blackhawk, Comanche Scout, Comanche Gunship, or the MD-500 Defender on campaigns or...

Gunship 2000 (CD-ROM Edition) DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993)

This is a compilation of the original Gunship 2000 and the Gunship 2000 Scenario Disk and Mission Builder.

Gunship 2000: Philippine Islands & Antarctica Scenario Disk With Mission Builder DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991)

Add-on disk for MicroProse's Gunship 2000. The disk features two new scenarios: the Philippine Islands, and Antarctica both with new...

The Gutter Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

The Gutter is a parody of Tale of Tales' experimental game The Graveyard. Instead of controlling an old woman in...

Gyakuten Saiban: Yomigaeru Gyakuten (Genteiban) Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2005)

This is a limited edition of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney for the Nintendo DS that includes the following:A copy of...

Commodore 64 (1987)

Habitat is a MMO (massive multiplayer online game), originally designed by Chip Morningstar and Noah Falstein at Lucasfilm Games. Although...

Windows (2000)

If you can imagine an arcade-style hacking game, then you've just imagined Hacker 1.0, a free download-only game. The entire...

Hacker Evolution Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Hacker Evolution is a hacking game set in the near future.In the year 2015 a coordinated hacking attempt crashes the...

Windows (2008)

In Hako (Japanese for "box"), the protagonist, an ordinary (well, before the game begins, at least) Japanese young man, receives...

Windows (2006)

This compilation includes the following games: Airline Tycoon Evolution Tabloid Tycoon Prison Tycoon Casino Mogul

Halls of Montezuma: A Battle History of the United States Marine Corps Amiga Front Cover

DOS (1990), Amiga (1990), Commodore 64 (1987) and Apple II (1987)

The military is often painted in terms of precision. Orders are expected to be followed exactly. But what happens when...

Hamsterz Life Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2006)

Following the tradition of the Petz series for PC, Ubisoft brings now the series to the DS. This time with...

Hamurabi iPhone Front Cover

DOS (1996), Commodore 64 (1995), TRS-80 (1978), Commodore PET/CBM (1978), Browser (2002), iPhone (2008) and ZX80 (1981)

The great grand-daddy of all god games, Hamurabi puts the player in the shoes (well, sandals) of Hammurabi the Wise,...

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