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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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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...

MOTORM4X Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Motorm4x is a racing game about off-road driving in nature. In the role of an off-road fan, you can challenge...

PSP (2010)

Motto NUGA-CEL! is an updated port of the PS2 title NUGA-CEL! which includes a number of changes and additions. Several...

PSP (2010)

This limited-edition release of Motto NUGA-CEL! includes the game along with a soundtrack CD and a set of postcards featuring...

PlayStation 3 (2014)

Motto! SoniComi is an updated console port of the PC title SoniComi. The game itself is much the same as...

PlayStation 3 (2014)

This limited-edition box set contains Motto! SoniComi along with a Sonico mini-figure, a Sonico pillowcase cover, and a download code...

Mountain Linux Front Cover

Linux (2014), Windows (2014), Macintosh (2014), iPhone (2014), Android (2014) and iPad (2014)

Mountain is described by the author as a mountain simulator. The player gets to experience the life of a mountain...

The Movies - Complete Pack Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

This Steam compilation contains The Movies and its add-on The Movies: Stunts & Effects.

The Movies (Premiere Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

Ever wanted to run your own movie studio and make movies? Well here's your chance to make a cheesy B-rated...

The Movies: Stunts & Effects Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006) and Macintosh (2008)

The first add-on to The Movies has its focus on everything around stunts and special effects. It adds to the...

The Movies Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005) and Macintosh (2006)

Have you ever wanted to try running your own movies studio? The Movies gives you that opportunity by putting you...

Mr. Driller PlayStation Front Cover

Windows (2000), PlayStation (2000), Dreamcast (2000), Game Boy Color (2000), PSP (2006), WonderSwan Color (2001), PlayStation 3 (2006), PS Vita (2012) and Arcade (1999)

Mr. Driller's world has been covered with mysterious blocks. Armed with only a mighty drill, you'll have to dig your...

Mr. Jones' Graveyard Shift Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2009) and Macintosh (2009)

Mr. Jones has decided to retire to a cottage in the woods. While his dog is loving it, Mr. Jones...

Ms. Metaverse Windows Front Cover

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

On the one hand, Ms. Metaverse is an interactive, futuristic and rather tacky beauty pageant. On the other hand, it's...

MTV: Music Generator PlayStation Front Cover

Windows (2000) and PlayStation (1999)

In this game you basically have fun making music. There are modes like music jam and music generator where you...

MTV: Music Generator 2 PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2001)

MTV: Music Generator 2 is the sequel to MTV: Music Generator and Music. Like the previous two games it provides...

PlayStation 2 (2004) and Xbox (2004)

MTV Music Generator 3 is another one in the line of music making software. The main purpose is to make...

Windows (1996) and Macintosh (1996)

Huh-huh-huh. Beavis and Butthead from the MTV animated series host this party quiz game with questions about them and the...

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