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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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3DO (1994)

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Real Pool PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2000)

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Windows (2002)

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Real Racing iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2009) and iPad (2010)

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Real Racing 2 iPhone Front Cover

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MSX (1983) and Sord M5 (1983)

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Real World Golf PlayStation 2 Front Cover

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Real World Golf 2007 PlayStation 2 Front Cover

Windows (2006) and PlayStation 2 (2006)

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Rebel Assault & X-Wing Collector's CD DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996)

A Special collectors double pack featuring X-Wing & Rebel Assault.

Rebel Charge at Chickamauga Commodore 64 Front Cover

DOS (1987), Amiga (1987), Commodore 64 (1987), Apple II (1987) and Atari 8-bit (1987)

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Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale Windows Front Cover

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Windows (2000)

ReCUB 2000 is a "Simon Says"-type game. The computer shows a specific sequence of button presses, and the player must...

Red Ace Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

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Windows (2001)

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Red Alarm Virtual Boy Front Cover

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Red Arrows Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1985), ZX Spectrum (1985), Amstrad CPC (1985) and BBC Micro (1985)

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Red Baron DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), Amiga (1992) and Macintosh (1992)

Red Baron puts you in the pilot's seat of actual World War I fighter aircraft. This game features 28 different...

Red Baron 3-D Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

Red Baron 3-D is a World War I combat flight simulation, essentially a heavily patched version of Red Baron II.The...

Red Baron II Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997)

The much anticipated sequel to the first Red Baron, this game allows you to take to the skies once again...

Red Baron: Mission Builder DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992)

Want to rewrite history? Here's your chance: A mission builder for Red Baron is available. Create your own missions, all...

Red Baron Pack Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

Red Baron Pack is a compilation containing these games: Red Baron Red Baron: Mission Builder Red Baron 3-D

Red Baron With Mission Builder DOS Front Cover

DOS (1997)

Released in a standard CD case, this pack includes the seminal World War 1 flight simulation Red Baron and its...

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