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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Microsoft Flight Simulator 2002: Professional Edition Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

This is a special edition of Microsoft Flight Simulator 2002 and includes the following additional features: Two new aircraft, the...

Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004: A Century of Flight Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

As the name suggests, Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004: A Century of Flight, is that year's version of the popular simulator...

Microsoft Flight Simulator 98 Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997)

The "1998" version of the popular Microsoft series. Flight Simulator is aimed at enthusiasts that features 3000 airports and precise...

Microsoft Flight Simulator: Aircraft & Scenery Designer DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990)

An add-on for Microsoft Flight Simulator (v4.0). The player can design their own aircraft, or fly one of the four...

Microsoft Flight Simulator: Bonus Pack DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996)

Microsoft Flight Simulator: Bonus Pack adds two scenery enhancements (Paris and New-York) to Microsoft Flight Simulator (v5.0).

Microsoft Flight Simulator for Windows 95 Windows Front Cover

Windows (1996)

This is the first Windows 9x version of the long running Microsoft Flight Simulator series. Featuring two new planes, the...

Microsoft Flight Simulator (v1.0) PC Booter Front Cover

PC Booter (1982)

Even back in 1982, Microsoft's first release of Flight Simulator was advanced enough to meet FAA regulations, giving players full...

Microsoft Flight Simulator (v2.0) PC Booter Front Cover

PC Booter (1984)

The second version of Microsoft's flight simulator. Just like the ones that came after, it was a very sophisticated simulator...

Microsoft Flight Simulator (v3.0) DOS Front Cover

DOS (1988)

A flight simulator featuring three different planes, over 100 different airports and maps for major U.S. cities. Microsoft Flight Simulator...

Microsoft Flight Simulator (v4.0) DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Macintosh (1991) and PC-98 (1992)

Version 4 of Flight Simulator was released just 15 months after version 3. The changes include: Makeshift airplane designer, which...

Microsoft Flight Simulator (v5.0) DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993) and PC-98 (1994)

The fifth take on the Flight Simulator series. This version added SVGA graphics, textures in certain areas, sound card support,...

Microsoft Flight Simulator X Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

Microsoft Flight Simulator X or FSX is the tenth version of Microsoft's line of civilian flight simulators. It updates the...

Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Acceleration Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Acceleration is an expansion pack for Microsoft Flight Simulator X. This expansion pack brings new multiplayer...

Microsoft Flight Simulator X (Deluxe Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

Microsoft Flight Simulator X or FSX is the tenth version of Microsoft's line of civilian flight simulators. It updates the...

Microsoft Flight Simulator X (Gold Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Gold edition of Flight Simulator X includes the Deluxe Edition of the main game and its add-on: Microsoft Flight Simulator...

Microsoft Golf 2.0 Windows Front Cover

Windows (1995) and Windows 3.x (1995)

Microsoft Golf 2.0 is the second and last of the Win 3.1 Microsoft Golf games. As its predecessor, it is...

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

DOS (1994)

This official scenery disk for Microsoft Flight Simulator (at least Version 5.0 is required) adds the Japanese Scenario and flight...

Microsoft New York: Scenery Enhancement for Microsoft Flight Simulator DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994)

This official scenery disk for Microsoft Flight Simulator (Version 5.0 is required at least) brings the city of New York...

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

DOS (1993)

This official scenery add-on for the Microsoft Flight Simulator (version 5.0 is required at least) brings to you the French...

Microsoft Plus! for Windows XP (included games) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

Microsoft Plus! for Windows XP is an add-on product for the Microsoft Windows XP operating system (OS) that includes additional...

Microsoft Space Simulator DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994) and PC-98 (1995)

In the grand tradition of Microsoft's Flight Simulator series, Space Simulator takes you on a journey through the Milky Way--and...

Microsoft Train Simulator Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

Microsoft's 'Simulator' franchise expands once again with its newest addition: the MS Train Simulator. Take to the rails in such...

Microsoft Train Simulator: German Railroads Volume One: The Seventies - Along the Bigge Lake Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

German Railroads Volume One is an add-on for Microsoft Train Simulator which adds tracks and landscape along the German Finnentrop-Olpe-Betzdorf...

Microsoft Train Simulator: German Railroads Volume Two: Fast Railcars on the Runway Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

German Railroads Volume Two is an add-on for Microsoft Train Simulator which features the rail line in Germany between Munster...

Microsoft Train Simulator: Heidi-Express Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

Heidi-Express is an add-on for Microsoft Train Simulator which adds tracks and landscape along the Swiss Alps. The Rhätische Bahn...

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