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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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Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009), Xbox 360 (2009) and PlayStation 3 (2009)

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Xbox (2005)

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Operation Flashpoint: Gold Edition Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

The Gold Edition of Operation Flashpoint contains the original game and the Gold Upgrade (including the Red Hammer campaign).

Operation Flashpoint: Gold Upgrade Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

For those who have played Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis to death, the gold upgrade adds plenty of new features,...

Operation Flashpoint: Resistance Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Operation Flashpoint: Resistance is the second expansion of Operation Flashpoint. It offers a new campaign on a new island with...

DOS (1992), Commodore 64 (1984), Apple II (1983) and Macintosh (1995)

Operation Frog is an educational title where players explore the inner body of a frog. You can choose between a...

Operation Market Garden: Drive on Arnhem, September 1944 Commodore 64 Front Cover

DOS (1985), Commodore 64 (1985), Apple II (1985) and Atari 8-bit (1985)

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Operation Neptune DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991), Windows (1995), Windows 3.x (1995) and Macintosh (1995)

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DOS (1996)

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Windows (2005)

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Orbiter DOS Front Cover

DOS (1986), Atari ST (1988) and Macintosh (1986)

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Windows (2000)

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Windows (2009)

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Order Up! Wii Front Cover

Wii (2008)

In Order Up!, the player follows a promising new chef from his (or her!) days flipping burgers at the fast...

Ore ga Kantoku da!: Gekitō Pennant Race PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2000)

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PlayStation 2 (2002)

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The Oregon Trail: 3rd Edition Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (1997) and Macintosh (1997)

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The Oregon Trail: American Settler iPad Front Cover

J2ME (2012), iPhone (2011), Android (2011) and iPad (2011)

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Windows (1995), Windows 3.x (1995) and Macintosh (1996)

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Oregon Trail II: 25th Anniversary Limited Edition Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (1996), Windows 3.x (1996) and Macintosh (1996)

While the number of different Oregon Trail versions challenges any collection to be comprehensive, this edition includes all the major...

The Oregon Trail DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), Windows (1997), Windows 3.x (1993), Apple II (1985), Atari 8-bit (1982) and Macintosh (1993)

As a covered wagon party of pioneers, you head out west from Independence, Missouri to the Willamette River and valley...

The Oregon Trail iPad Front Cover

BREW (2008), J2ME (2008), Windows Mobile (2009), iPhone (2009), Nintendo DSi (2009), Android (2009), iPad (2011), Windows Phone (2010) and webOS (2010)

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Ore no Ryōri PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1999) and PlayStation 3 (2007)

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