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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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DOS (1989)

Simulating the struggle between the nations of the Star Trek universe, Begin: A Tactical Starship Simulation puts you in charge...

Windows (2011)

Be Good is a short game about the life of Donald Martin in a series of vignettes. All characters and...

Behind Enemy Lines Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

Behind Enemy Lines is an add-on for Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator: WWII Europe Series. This package contains thirty missions, fifteen...

Best Before Macintosh Front Cover

Macintosh (2010)

Four real live human beings (a multimedia artist, a traffic flagger, a politician, and a onetime EA game tester) take...

Apple II (1980)

A diskette compilation of earlier MUSE Software releases, previously only avilable on tape, including four game titles (and one non-game...

Beyblade PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2001)

Based on the Japanese anime TV-show and line of toys, "Beyblade" lets the user battle customized spinning tops against other...

Beyblade VForce: Super Tournament Battle GameCube Front Cover

GameCube (2002)

To start with chose a beyblade then enter the super battle tournament. As you progress you gain points for victories...

Beyond the Limit: Ultimate Climb Windows Front Cover

Windows (1996)

Take to the cliffs in this mountain climbing game for kids. Choose your equipment wisely before you climb each mountain....

Linux (1999) and Windows (1999)

First-person 3D accelerated space fighter combat game, played in enclosed arenas connected by teleports. Real physics down to friction, momentum,...

Windows (2002)

Biathlon 2003 is the second part in the Biathlon series and sequel to Biathlon 2002. Like its predecessor it allows...

Biathlon 2004 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

Biathlon 2004 is the third installment of the Biathlon series. Like its predecessor it allows you to play the Biathlon...

Biathlon 2005 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

Biathlon 2005 is the fourth part in the Biathlon series. Like its predecessor it allows you to play the Biathlon...

Biathlon 2006: Go for Gold Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005) and PlayStation 2 (2005)

Biathlon 2006: Go for Gold is the fifth part in the Biathlon series. Like its predecessors it allows you to...

Biathlon 2008 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007) and PlayStation 2 (2008)

Biathlon 2008 is the seventh part in the Biathlon series. Like its predecessor it allows you to play the Biathlon...

Bicycle Board Games Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

Bicycle Board Games is a licenced board game compilation. In the game, you choose a character portrait and name and...

Windows (2001)

Bicycle Card Games is a licensed card game compilation. It is very similar to Bicycle Board Games, another Bicycle licensee...

Bicycle Casino Xbox Front Cover

Xbox (2004)

Licensed by card manufacturer Bicycle, this game lets you gamble on the Xbox with slot machines, card games, keno, roulette,...

Bicycle Casino Games Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

Bicycle Casino Games is a licensed game that simulates casino life. Choose a character and try your luck at one...

Bientôt l'été Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2012) and Macintosh (2012)

Bientôt l'été is an experimental game based on the atmosphere of the film and the novels of Marguerite Duras, most...

Big Bass World Championship PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1997)

Big Bass World Championship is the standard fishing game with two different modes of play. There is a Practice mode...

Windows (2003)

Build a business empire from scratch. Hire employees for every branch in your company, from publicity to the sales department....

Big Business DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), Amiga (1991) and Atari ST (1991)

As CEO of a company the player's main goal will be making business decisions to stay ahead of the competitors...

Nintendo DS (2009)

The Big Deal is a follow-up to the 2008 title Road to Vegas. It is a card game featuring 10...

DOS (1991), Amiga (1991), Atari ST (1991) and Commodore 64 (1991)

Finally, after months and months of hard work in the busy metropolis you have decided to allow yourself a vacation...

Windows (2002)

Just another hunting simulator, featuring 10 large hunting areas, 12 different weapons, 9 different species (Wolves, Whitetail Deer, Elk...) as...

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