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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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PC-98 (1994) and FM Towns (1995)

In Idol Project, the player takes a role of a young man named Takashi, who works for a company called...

PC-98 (1995)

Unlike the first Idol Project, the story of the sequel is directly related to to the anime series Idol Project,...

iF-16 DOS Front Cover

DOS (1997) and Windows (1996)

Another F-16 simulator. It has all the standard features for a flight simulation, including single mission flight, quickstart and campaign...

iF-22 Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997)

Fighter simulation. There are two campaigns available - Bosnia and Ukraine. With the add-on you also can fly in the...

iF-22: Peacekeeping Mission - Persian Gulf Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997)

Peacekeeping Mission - Persian Gulf is an add-on campaign for the iF-22 flight simulator and requires the original game to...

iF/A-18E Carrier Strike Fighter Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

A flight simulator based on the U.S. Navy's new carrier fighter super-hornet. The game puts you in command of a...

IFR Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983), VIC-20 (1983) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1985)

IFR is a flight simulator of Cessna 172RG Cutlass light aircraft. Due to limitations of early 1980s computers it doesn't...

IHRA Motorsports Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

Latest (so far) drag-racing simulator by Bethesda. This game is more of a grease monkey sim than a racing sim...

IHRA Motorsports Drag Racing PlayStation Front Cover

Windows (2000) and PlayStation (2001)

Enjoy the power of Top Fuel, Pro Mod, Pro Stock, or Funny Car drag racing! Race on multiple tracks against...

Windows (2010), Macintosh (2010) and Browser (2010)

Ikebukuro Line Simulator is a commuter train simulation of a trip between Shiinamachi and Sakuradai on the Seibu Ikebukuro Line....

PlayStation (2002)

Ikkyū-san: The Quiz is a quiz game based on the anime with the same name revolving around the historical Zen...

IL-2 Sturmovik Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

IL-2 Sturmovik is a Russian-developed World War II flight sim that takes place in the Eastern Front of the European...

IL-2 Sturmovik: 1946 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

IL-2 Sturmovik: 1946 combines all the previous releases of Oleg Maddox's IL-2 Sturmovik series simulating WWII aerial combat, along with...

IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2009) and PlayStation 3 (2009)

IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey is the 4th entry into the well known WWII flight simulation game series.In this version,...

IL-2 Sturmovik: Cliffs of Dover Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011)

IL-2 Sturmovik: Cliffs of Dover is a flight simulation set in World War II; this time focusing on the Battle...

IL-2 Sturmovik: Cliffs of Dover (Collector's Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011)

This Collector's Edition includes:IL-2 Sturmovik: Cliffs of Dover 50x50cm pilot escape map made ​​of cloth, showing strategic positions of the...

IL-2 Sturmovik: Forgotten Battles Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

IL-2 Sturmovik: Forgotten Battles is the sequel to IL-2 Sturmovik. It is a WWII flight simulator focusing on the Eastern...

IL-2 Sturmovik: Forgotten Battles - Ace Expansion Pack Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

IL-2 Sturmovik: Forgotten Battles - Ace Expansion Pack is the expansion pack to the ultra realistic World War II flight...

IL-2 Sturmovik Series (Complete Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

This is a collection of titles from the IL-2 Sturmovik series. It includes more than 200 flyable WWII aircraft and...

Ilha do Empreendedor Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Ilha do Empreendedor (Portuguese for Entrepreneur's Island) is an educational business Simulator, focused in the five steps to open new...

I Love Kittens! Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

I Love Kittens! is a package of 22 feline mini-games ranging from traditional cat show fair to more outlandish games...

I Love Puppies! Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

I Love Puppies! is a package of 22 canine mini-games ranging from traditional dog show fair to more outlandish games...

iM1A2 Abrams Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997)

Consider to be the heir to the Tank Platoon throne. Follow a campaign mission in the Ukraine, Iraq and Bosnia....

Imadoki no Vampire: Bloody Bride PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1996)

The game features a young vampire who reaches (vampire's) adulthood. But in order to become mature he must suck the...

Imagine: Animal Doctor Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2007)

Another game in the Ubisoft's Imagine series of games that show female children and early teenagers the basics of some...

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