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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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Rocksmith: Queen - Stone Cold Crazy Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012)

This downloadable content (DLC) for Rocksmith features the song Stone Cold Crazy by Queen, playable on any electric guitar. It...

Rocksmith: Rick Springfield - Jessie's Girl Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013)

This is downloadable content (DLC) for Rocksmith, featuring the song Jessie’s Girl by Rick Springfield, playable on any electric guitar...

Rocksmith: Survivor - Eye of the Tiger Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013)

This downloadable content (DLC) for Rocksmith features the song Eye of the Tiger by Survivor, playable on any electric guitar...

Rocksmith: Sweet - Ballroom Blitz Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013)

This downloadable content (DLC) for Rocksmith features the song Ballroom Blitz by Sweet, playable on any electric guitar. It also...

Rocksmith: The Allman Brothers Band - Jessica Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012)

This downloadable content (DLC) for Rocksmith features the song Jessica by the Allman Brothers Band, playable on any electric guitar....

Rocksmith: The Allman Brothers Band - Southbound Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013)

This downloadable content (DLC) for Rocksmith features the song Southbound by the Allman Brothers Band, playable on any electric guitar....

Windows (2012)

This downloadable content (DLC) for Rocksmith features the song Mind Eraser by the Black Keys, playable on any electric guitar....

Rocksmith: The Police - 3-Song Pack Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012)

This downloadable content (DLC) for Rocksmith features three songs by the Police, playable on any electric guitar. It also includes...

Rocksmith: The Police - Message In A Bottle Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012)

This downloadable content (DLC) for Rocksmith features the song Message In A Bottle by the Police, playable on any electric...

Windows (2012)

This downloadable content (DLC) for Rocksmith features the song Roxanne by the Police, playable on any electric guitar. It also...

Rocksmith: The Police - Synchronicity II Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012)

This downloadable content (DLC) for Rocksmith features the song Synchronicity II by the Police, playable on any electric guitar. It...

Rocksmith: The Temptations - My Girl Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012)

This downloadable content (DLC) for Rocksmith features the song My Girl by the Temptations, playable on any electric guitar. This...

Rocksmith: The Vines - Get Free Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013)

This downloadable content (DLC) for Rocksmith features the song Get Free by The Vines, playable on any electric guitar. It...

Rocksmith: Tommy Tutone - 867-5309/Jenny Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013)

This downloadable content (DLC) for Rocksmith features the song 867-5309/Jenny by Tommy Tutone, playable on any electric guitar or bass....

DOS (1989)

Rockstar is unlike any other game on the PC. Your goal is, strangely enough, to become a Rockstar. Through the...

Rock Tour Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

In Rock Tour the player is the manager of a rock band. The aim is to take a small garage...

Rollerball NES Front Cover

NES (1988), MSX (1984), PC-88 (1985) and Sharp X1 (1985)

Rollerball is a pinball simulation for one to four players. There are two different game variations included. The first is...

Roller Coaster Factory 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Roller Coaster Factory 2 is a low budget game in which you can design the scariest rollercoaster rides you can...

RollerCoaster Mania 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

In RollerCoaster Mania 2 the player can build and ride a roller coaster. The game starts on an empty landscape...

Roller Coaster Rampage Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012)

Roller Coaster Rampage is a roller coaster simulation with a destructible environment. The player creates it's roller coaster during it's...

RollerCoaster Tycoon Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999) and Xbox (2003)

You're the manager of an amusement park. You've got to work with a budget to keep your customers coming back....

RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Rollercoaster Tycoon 2 is the sequel to Rollercoaster Tycoon. The player once again takes the role of a theme park...

RollerCoaster Tycoon 2: Time Twister Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

Time Twister is the second expansion pack for RollerCoaster Tycoon 2. It features new scenery, rides and 14 new scenarios...

RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 Gold! Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

This compilation pack includes the original RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 game, as well as the RollerCoaster Tycoon 3: Soaked! expansion pack,...

RollerCoaster Tycoon 3: Platinum! Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006) and Macintosh (2010)

RollerCoaster Tycoon 3: Platinum! is a special pack which contains RollerCoaster Tycoon 3, and its expansions Soaked! and Wild!

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