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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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ranTrainer DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994) and Amiga (1994)

ranTrainer is an economic simulation were the player coaches a soccer team from the Bundesliga, the highest German soccer league....

DOS (1996)

ranTrainer 2 is an economic simulation were the player coaches a soccer team from the Bundesliga, the highest German soccer...

Windows (2006)

This game casts the player into the role of a Japanese sex maniac. He is a young man from a...

Commodore 64 (1983) and Commodore PET/CBM (1979)

Ratrun is a maze game in which the player must escape from a maze in first person perspective. The player...

R.B.I. Baseball '93 Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1993)

Continuing the R.B.I. series, the 1993 entry updates the rosters, adding two new teams (Colorado and Florida), bringing the total...

SEGA 32X (1995)

This version is an updated follow-up to the R.B.I. series. Many of the same features from other baseball games are...

RC Helicopter PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2000), PSP (2010), PlayStation 3 (2010) and PS Vita (2012)

Your Dad just got you an RC Helicopter. Play with it, or take it outside to complete various missions for...

Windows (2001), PlayStation 2 (2003) and Xbox (2002)

RC Helicopter Indoor Adventure is a RC helicopter flight simulation. You have to navigate your way through rooms, hallways and...

R/C Stunt Copter PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1999)

R/C Stunt Copter is described by developer Shiny as more of a "software toy" than a video game. It's an...

Reach for the Skies DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993), Amiga (1993) and Atari ST (1993)

Reach for the Skies is a combat flight sim focused on WWII's famous "Battle of Britain", splitting the battle into...

Real Airports Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

Real Airports is an add-on for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2000.It provides the player with detailed recreations of the following airports:London...

Windows (1999)

This handy Sim allows you to Crash and bash your model planes to your hearts content. A very handy learning...

Real Heroes: Firefighter Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012), Wii (2009) and Nintendo 3DS (2012)

Real Heroes: Firefighter is a novel firefighting simulator geared towards family audiences. The player takes control of a rookie firefighter...

Windows (2010)

Real Kanojo ("Real Girlfriend") is a game that simulates physical seduction and sex. There are three scenarios in the game,...

Windows (2002)

Real Lives is an educational game in which you take the role of a person in just about any country...

3DO (1994)

Real Pinball is the standard video game conversion of the actual machines with five different tables to choose from with...

Real Pool PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2000)

Real Pool lets the player experience what it is like to play billiards with physics designed so that the billiards,...

Windows (2002)

This sequel offers better playing environments, competition against up to 12 AI players each one their own skills levels.A 3D...

Real Racing iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2009) and iPad (2010)

Real Racing is a racing simulation game. The game features five different game modes (Career, Time Trial, Online League, Quick...

Real Racing 2 iPhone Front Cover

Macintosh (2011), iPhone (2010), Android (2011), iPad (2011) and Windows Phone (2013)

Real Racing 2 expands the racing grid of its predecessor, with a new range of cars and tracks and a...

MSX (1983) and Sord M5 (1983)

Real Tennis is a simplistic computer game conversion of the sport. The game can be played as one player vs...

Real World Golf PlayStation 2 Front Cover

Windows (2005), PlayStation 2 (2005) and Xbox (2006)

Real World Golf is a golfing game that makes use of the Gametrak system. The Gametrak is an external piece...

Real World Golf 2007 PlayStation 2 Front Cover

Windows (2006) and PlayStation 2 (2006)

Real World Golf 2007 is the sequel to Real World Golf. Like its predecessor it make use of the Gametrak,...

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)

Rebel Charge at Chickamauga is a tactical simulation of the South's last major offensive thrust during the American Civil War....

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