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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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America's Army: Operations Windows Front Cover

Linux (2003), Windows (2002) and Macintosh (2003)

In America's Army: Operations, the player is cast into the role of an ordinary American soldier. They must begin the...

America's Toughest 18 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

America's Toughest 18 is a golf game that instead of offering several real courses, includes the hardest 18 holes on...

Amiga (1992)

This disk from Amiga Power magazine contains playable demo versions of Flair's Trolls and Psygnosis' Combat Air Patrol, but the...

Windows (2000)

Amsterdam Schiphol 2000 is a scenery add-on pack for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2000 (both standard and professional). The add-on pack...

Windows (2002)

Amsterdam Schiphol 2002 is a scenery add-on pack for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2002. It is a slightly upgraded port from...

The Ancient Art of War in the Skies DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992), Amiga (1993) and Atari ST (1993)

After naval combat, the second sequel to The Ancient Art of War is all about aircraft combat in World War...

Andretti Racing PlayStation Front Cover

Windows (1997), PlayStation (1996) and SEGA Saturn (1996)

For the first time ever in an arcade racer, take control of either NASCAR or Indy cars and cruise around...

Andy Priaulx Crowne Plaza Raceway Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Andy Priaulx Crowne Plaza Raceway is a free add-on for Race 07: Official WTCC Game, featuring new powerful BMW 320si...

PC-98 (1996)

In the miraculous World of Demons, there lived a vampiric count. One day, standing near the statue of the Goddess...

Animal Crossing Nintendo 64 Front Cover

Nintendo 64 (2001) and GameCube (2001)

In Animal Crossing, you arrive at a new town (named by you). You play as one character (who you also...

Animal Crossing: City Folk Wii Front Cover

Wii (2008)

Animal Crossing: City Folk is the Wii incarnation of the Animal Crossing series. As in the previous version, players assume...

Animal Crossing: New Leaf Nintendo 3DS Front Cover

Nintendo 3DS (2012)

Animal Crossing: New Leaf is a social simulation game. You take on the role as the new mayor in a...

Animal Crossing: Wild World Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2005)

Animal Crossing: Wild World is a sandbox game in which players assume the role of a new resident in a...

DOS (1996)

Animal Quest is an educational game for all ages. Players become animals in four different game groups with the following...

Anno 1602: Creation of a New World Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

Anno 1602: Creation of a New World is a real-time strategy game, set around the 17th century period of history....

Anno 1602: Erschaffung einer neuen Welt - Im Namen des Königs! Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

Anno 1602: Erschaffung einer neuen Welt - Im Namen des Königs! is the second, somewhat disputed add-on for Anno 1602:...

Anno 1701: Dawn of Discovery Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2007)

Anno 1701: Dawn of Discovery is about exploring, building and establishing your settlement and it is about government and control....

Another Day at Work: Wednesday Macintosh Front Cover

Macintosh (2005)

Another Day at Work: Wednesday is an open ended sequel to Epic Banana's previously released A Day at Work. Players...

Anpfiff: Der RTL Fussball-Manager Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

Anpfiff: Der RTL-Fussballmanager is a managerial soccer simulation with a catch: instead of a whole team the player only takes...

ANSTOSS 2005: Der Fussballmanager Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

ANSTOSS 2005: Der Fussballmanager is a further enhanced version of ANSTOSS 4: Der Fußballmanager - Edition 03/04 (itself an enhanced...

ANSTOSS 2007: Der Fußballmanager Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

ANSTOSS 2007: Der Fussballmanager is a managerial soccer simulation where the player is responsible for the athletic and financial success...

ANSTOSS 3: Der Fußballmanager Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

ANSTOSS 3: Der Fußballmanager is the third main game in the German ANSTOSS series. The player takes care of the...

ANSTOSS Action: Die Fußballsimulation Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

ANSTOSS Action: Die Fußballsimulation is a spin-off of the ANSTOSS soccer manager series that allows the player to actively participate...

Ante-Up at The Friday Night Poker Club DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990)

Ante-Up at the Friday Night Poker Club is a your chance to play against four computer players in four different...

Apache DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995), Windows (1995) and Macintosh (1995)

Fly the most fearsome helicopter to ever grace the skies - the AH-64 Apache. The core gameplay is simulator oriented...

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