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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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Nintendo DS (2008)

Monster Rancher is one of the longest running monster-breeding game series of all time, comparable even to the Pokémon franchise....

Monster Truck Madness 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

You take control of a monster truck (like Bigfoot) and compete against other drivers in various races. There are a...

DOS (1991)

The game represents the one of the card games included in Trump Castle II - Baccarat. Now it is played...

Monte Carlo Casino ZX Spectrum Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1989), ZX Spectrum (1989) and Amstrad CPC (1989)

This is a 'Casino simulator' consisting of five games at which you can gamble your virtual money. The player starts...

Monte Carlo Games Compendium PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2002)

Monte Carlo Games Compendium features 17 casino and card games. Hence, the jewel case contains two discs. Disc #1 is...

Moonbase DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), Amiga (1991) and Macintosh (1991)

Moonbase, the Lunar Colony Simulator puts the player in command of a base on the moon. You have to supply...

Moonbase Alpha Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

Moonbase Alpha allows players to assume the roles of astronauts that have to address a catastrophic situation at a lunar...

Moon Tycoon Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

Moon Tycoon is a strategy game reminiscent of SimCity. Instead of building a city on Earth, you're colonizing the moon.The...

Windows (1999)

More Combat Flight Sim is an add-on for Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator: WWII Europe Series.It is a compilation of over...

Mosquito Combat Europe Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

This is an unofficial add-on for Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator 3.This package contains campaigns, new aircraft, and new flight&damage models...

Mosquito Squadron Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

This is an add-on for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2000, 2002 & Combat Flight Simulator 2.It is a simulation of the...

Motion Gravure Series: Kitagawa Tomomi PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2003)

Less of a "game" and more of a novel time killer, the motion gravure series features video clips of sexy...

Motion Gravure Series: Megumi PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2003)

Less of a "game" and more of an interactive centerfold, the motion gravure series features video clips of sexy Japanese...

Motion Gravure Series: Mori Hiroko PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2003)

Less of a "game" and more of an interactive centerfold, the motion gravure series features video clips of sexy Japanese...

Motion Gravure Series: Nemoto Harumi PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2003)

Less of a "game" and more of a novel time killer, the motion gravure series features video clips of sexy...

Motocross DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989)

Compete in a 10-race motocross season with some of the world's best riders. Trick out your bike by adjusting the...

Motocross Mania Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000) and PlayStation (2001)

Motocross Mania is a motorcycle racing sim. It features tricks in the style of the Tony Hawk series of games,...

MotoGP '06 Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2006)

MotoGP 06 is the 2006 installment of THQ's motorcycle racing series, having all the season data accurate for the year.Gameplay...

MotoGP '07 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007) and Xbox 360 (2007)

MotoGP '07 is the 2007 installment of THQ's motorcycle racing series, having all the season data accurate for the year.As...

MotoGP 08 Windows Front Cover

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

MotoGP 08 is the successor to THQ's motorcycle racing game MotoGP '07 and features the full licensed (18 tracks, 77...

MotoGP 10/11 Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

MotoGP 10/11 is the season 2010/2011 release of the MotoGP racing series for Xbox 360. It features the drivers list...

MotoGP 13 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013), Xbox 360 (2013), PlayStation 3 (2013) and PS Vita (2013)

MotoGP 13 is the official videogame of 2013 MotoGP season. It features all the tracks, riders and teams present in...

MotoGP 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003) and Xbox (2003)

The sequel to motogp for PC with 20 licensed professional riders, bikes and 16 tracks. 6 different modes: Stunt, GP,...

MotoGP: Ultimate Racing Technology Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002) and Xbox (2002)

Race as one of the official 2001 MotoGP season riders in this motorcycle racing simulation.MotoGP features layered modes of play...

Motor City DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994) and Amiga (1994)

In Motor City you are the President of an upstart car company. You have the control just about everything, from...

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