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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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Metaltech: EarthSiege Speech Pack DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994)

This expansion disk comes on 3.5 floppys and adds digitized speech like the voices of your commander or your fellow...

Metaplace Browser Front Cover

Browser (2009)

Metaplace was a massively multi-player online project assembled around one central tool: a quite complex virtual world builder written in...

Metroid Prime Pinball Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2005)

In this pinball game based on Metroid Prime, Samus gets knocked and rolled around the table in Morph Ball form;...

Metropolismania PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2001)

Metropolismania is a city building game with a Japanese anime style. The goal is to grow a town to a...

PlayStation 2 (2006)

Metropolismania 2 is the sequel to Metropolismania and uses the same city-building concept of the original game.The player's job is...

Metropolis Street Racer Dreamcast Front Cover

Dreamcast (2000)

Enter a new age of driving, a new form of thinking and feeling, and totally immerse yourself in the most...

Metro Rules of Conduct Browser Front Cover

Browser (2008)

Metro Rules of Conduct is a simulation of the Stockholm Metro, in which the player is put into an awkward...

Commodore 64 (1986), ZX Spectrum (1986) and Amstrad CPC (1986)

Miami Dice is a computer version of the casino classic Craps. Here two dice are thrown and people bet on...

Miami Nights: Singles in the City J2ME Front Cover

J2ME (2006) and BlackBerry (2009)

Miami Nights: Singles in the City, the sequel to New York Nights: Success in the City, sets the life simulation...

Michael Jackson: The Experience PSP Front Cover US Cover - Published by: Ubisoft Inc.

PSP (2010)

Michael Jackson: The Experience for the Sony PSP is a rhythm game based around a simple mechanic: As a song...

Michael Jackson: The Experience Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2010)

Michael Jackson: The Experience for the Nintendo DS is rhythm game based on the Elite Beat Agents game mechanics (called...

Michael Jackson: The Experience Wii Front Cover

Wii (2010)

Michael Jackson: The Experience for the Wii is rhythm and dance game based on concepts previously introduced in Ubisoft's Just...

Michael Schumacher Racing World Kart 2002 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

One of the few Kart games in the market.Race through the beginnings of Michael Schumacher's career as a kart driver.Advance...

Michael Vaughan's Championship Cricket Manager Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

Michael Vaughan's Championship Cricket Manager is a cricket management game, it is known as the cricket equivalent of the Championship...

Michelin Rally Masters: Race of Champions Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000) and PlayStation (2000)

This is the OFFICIAL game of the real Race of Champions! Take the various authentic ROC cars (22 in all)...

miCoach Running iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2011)

miCoach Running is a simulator of jogging for the iphone. The user is required to tap alternatively on the screen...

DOS (1993)

Micro Bucks II is an updated, standalone version of the Micro Bucks slot machine game that was part of The...

Microchess TRS-80 Front Cover

Windows (2005), Apple II (1978), TRS-80 (1978), TRS-80 CoCo (1980) and Commodore PET/CBM (1978)

Microchess, a chess-playing program for microcomputers, has been described as the first commercially successful game for home computers, initially programmed...

MicroLeague Baseball II DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989) and Macintosh (1989)

MicroLeague Baseball II is a baseball managerial simulation game. The player takes the role of a major league manager. There...

DOS (1994)

Have you ever wondered what a day in the life of Bill Gates is like? Some cynical Finnish programmers decided...

Microprose Sports CD Edition DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994)

This Microprose compilation contains Formula One Grand Prix and David Leadbetter's Golf, both united on one CD and complete with...

Microsoft Action Pack Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

Compilation of several Microsoft published titles. Includes: Metal Gear Solid Crimson Skies Starlancer

Microsoft Caribbean: Scenery Enhancement for Microsoft Flight Simulator DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994)

This scenery enhancement for the MS Flight Simulator (at least Version 5.0 required) adds the Caribbean flight areas to the...

Windows (2000)

Take to virtual Vegas with 10 true casino-style games in authentic Bellagio, Treasure Island, and Mirage casinos. Realistic graphics and...

Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator 2: WW II Pacific Theater Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

The sequel to Microsoft's first Combat Flight Simulator, the focus shifts to the Pacific theater, where carrier battles and island...

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