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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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Wii (2008)

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

PlayStation 2 (2000)

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PlayStation 2 (2002)

Ore ga Kantoku da! Volume.2 is the sequel to baseball management sim Ore ga Kantoku da!. It again features a...

The Oregon Trail: 3rd Edition Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (1997) and Macintosh (1997)

This game hearkens back to the days of the first Oregon Trail, meaning that instead of tons of options that...

The Oregon Trail: American Settler iPad Front Cover

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

The Oregon Trail: American Settler is a social management game. The player builds a frontier town in Oregon, after traveling...

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

Oregon Trail II is a sequel to Oregon Trail. The game follows the basic structure of the predecessor, which is...

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)

You play the part of a young boy who is hailed as the most accomplished chef in the Coo-Kingdom, and...

Organ Trail Browser Front Cover

Browser (2011)

Organ Trail is a take on the classic game The Oregon Trail, replacing the travels of the American pioneers with...

Organ Trail: Director's Cut Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2013), Macintosh (2013) and Ouya (2013)

Organ Trail: Director's Cut is an enhanced version of the browser game Organ Trail. It maintains most of the content...

Organ Trail: Director's Cut iPad Front Cover

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

Organ Trail: Director's Cut is an enhanced version of the browser game Organ Trail. It maintains most of the content...

OS/2 (1993)

OS/2 PM Bingo is a computer bingo game. The player may play up to 12 cards, either against the computer...

Ostfront: Decisive Battles in the East Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

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Outer Empires iPhone Front Cover

Browser (2009) and iPhone (2009)

Outer Empires is a persistent multi-platform Massively online multiplayer space trading simulation.Each player starts out with a ship and a...

Windows (2001)

The latest addition to the management simulation series. The player takes over in both the front office and the dugout,...

Out of the Sun Macintosh Front Cover

Macintosh (1994)

Out of the Sun is a sophisticated World War II flight simulator that puts players in the cockpit of authentic...

Outpost Kaloki Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

A space-station tycoon game with a story mode and a goofy sense of humor. The Hero (that's his name) manages...

Outpost Kaloki X Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2006)

Outpost Kaloki X is the Xbox 360 Live Arcade version of the humorous space station tycoon game Outpost Kaloki. You...

Out There Android Front Cover

iPhone (2014), Android (2014) and iPad (2014)

In Out There the player is an astronaut bound for Jupiter who wakes up from his cryogenic sleep to discover...

Oval Office: Commander in Chief Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Oval Office is a cut-down version of Democracy 2, featuring (as one might expect), just the American political process.A simulation...

Over G Fighters Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2006)

Set in an alternate version of our modern world, Over G Fighters has players join the Energy Air Force to...

Overlord DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994) and Amiga (1994)

It is your job to succeed in destroying the German forces occupying Northern France, in Operation OVERLORD, the air campaign...

P-38 Lightning Tour of Duty DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991)

P-38 Lightning is an add-on for Secret Weapons of the Luftwaffe, adding this tough plane to the action. There are...

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