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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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SingStar PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2007)

The PlayStation 2 party classic comes to the PS3 in an updated and network rich upgrade. Anyone that is remotely...

SingStar '80s PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2005)

Do you remember the 1980's? How everything was in neon colors? How fresh and new were those music videos? Don...

Singstar Amped PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2007)

Do we need to present Singstar ? The karaoke game, up to 8 players, made for the Playstation 2. This...

SingStar Anthems PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2006)

SingStar Anthems is another helping from the popular karaoke game series SingStar. This time it's the turn of the Divas...

SingStar Party PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004)

Following the way of the original SingStar game, this continuation boosts up the fun with even more songs. Sing solo...

PlayStation 2 (2007)

The eleventh installment in the SingStar series is entirely devoted to the R&B musical genre. There are 2 editions of...

Skateboard Park Tycoon 2003 / Snowboard Park Tycoon Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

A compilation of the games Skateboard Park Tycoon World Tour 2003 and Snowboard Park Tycoon.

DOS (1989), Amiga (1989) and Atari ST (1989)

The game represents Ski-Doo, a 6-month length trek set in the snowy woods of North Eastern Canada. Riding snow scooters,...

The Skin Game at Bighorn Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997)

A golf game captured accurately on camera. Puts you on the green of one of the most challenging courses in...

Ski Resort Extreme Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

Ski Resort Extreme puts you in the shoes of a ski resort developer whose job is to attract a varied...

Ski Resort Tycoon Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

Ski Resort Tycoon is a simulation game in which you have to make and control a Ski Resort. The objective...

Windows (2001)

Ski Resort Tycoon II the sequel to Ski Resort Tycoon. The game combines the best features of the original with...

Odyssey (1972)

Odyssey's game card #2 is used to play two games: Ski and Simon Says.In Ski, the player must follow a...

Skispringen Winter 2006 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

Skispringen Winter 2006 is a ski jumping simulation. The handling is quite simple: the player uses the mouse to hold...

Windows (2002) and Browser (2001)

Ski Stunt Simulator is a realistic physics-based simulation of acrobatic ski stunts with intuitive "mouse gesture" controls.The player has to...

Sky Aces Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

Sky Aces is a WWI themed fighter plane game. The game comes with a campaign mode featuring ten featuring ten...

SkyChase DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), Amiga (1988) and Atari ST (1988)

Take to the skies and fight your opponent (computer or human) on a split screen or null-modem link. Takeoffs and...

Skydive: Proximity Flight PlayStation 3 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2014) and PlayStation 3 (2013)

Skydive: Proximity Flight is a semi-realistic skydiving simulator with wingsuits. They do not only cover the entire body, but the...

Skyfox Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1986), Atari ST (1986), Commodore 64 (1985), Apple II (1984), ZX Spectrum (1986), Amstrad CPC (1986), Macintosh (1986) and PC-88 (1988)

Aliens have invaded your beloved homeland, and you must help save it. You are flying the Skyfox, the most advanced...

SkyGunner PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2002)

Aerospace technology has linked the world together; introducing speedy planes, high flying airships and massive flying fortresses. Because of air...

Sky Odyssey PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2000)

Arcade-style mission-based combat-free flight simulator.Features 10 different aircraft (7 of which must be unlocked), ranging from the Swordfish Mk. 1...

DOS (1994) and Amiga (1994)

It's the 22nd century. To unburden the situation in the crowded cities huge platforms with research facilities, factories and living...

S.L.A.I. - Steel Lancer Arena International PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2005)

S.L.A.I. – Steel Lancer Arena International is a Playstation 2 sequel to 2002 XBox title Phantom Crash. The story takes...

Slam-Dunk Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1988)

Slam-Dunk is a two on two basketball game. Play against the computer or against another player. The game is divided...

Slam Tilt Windows Front Cover

Windows (1996) and Amiga (1996)

Liquid Dezign featured many of the Digital Illusions team who developed 21st Century's hit pinball games, and after the generally-disliked...

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