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A simulation game, or sim game, (also known as a game of status or mixed game) is a mixture of a game of skill, a game of chance and a game of strategy, which results in a simulation of a complex structure (like a stock exchange, or civilization flux). These games are quite current through their mirror of modern society. Its benefit is the representation of complex situations of communal life, interconnections in society, and partial aspects of the economy (for example, the development of the railroad). A game is a recreational activity involving one or more players. ... A game of skill is a game where the outcome is determined mainly by mental and/or physical skill, rather than by pure chance. ... A game of chance is a game whose outcome is strongly influenced by some randomizing device, and upon which contestants frequently wager money. ... A game of strategy is a game where the outcome is influenced through interaction with the environment and other players. ... A simulation is an imitation of some real device or state of affairs. ... A civilization or civilisation has a variety of meanings related to human society. ... ...


The term can also be used to describe a video or computer game that is truer to reality (for instance, racing simulations would be racing games in which cars would handle more realistically, tank simulations would include more real life mechanics as part of the gameplay) or a game that attempts to simulate tasks performed in an artificial reality (for instance, MechWarrior/Battletech type games and games that include space flight are considered simulations, even though they have little basis in reality). The term simulation is often applied to games such as this without any modifiers, using the term this way however usually constitutes a different genre than sim games as discussed here, and are most often games with a first-person perspective (that is to say, that you view the game through though the eyes of your own ficticious character), and are often considered by a significant number players to be overly elaborate, unweildy, and drudgerous. It may be more accurate to describe such titles as "simulator" rather than "simulation" games, though the lines have been blurred in titles such as Activision's Battlezone and Battlezone II: Combat Commander. Battlezone is a re-make of the original arcade game of the same name for Microsoft Windows. ... Battlezone II: Combat Commander is a game released by Pandemic Studios as a sequel to Activisions Battlezone (computer game). ...

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Genres

This article is about traditional role-playing games. ... Computer role-playing games (CRPGs), often shortened to simply role-playing games (RPGs), are a type of video or computer game that traditionally use gameplay elements found in paper-and-pencil role-playing games. ... A massively (or massive) multiplayer online role-playing game or MMORPG is a multiplayer computer role-playing game that enables thousands of players to play in an evolving virtual world at the same time over the Internet. ... Group-dynamic games are games that teach and reflect certain group dynamics as well as interpersonal relationships: relationships between two people relationships between a person and a group relationships between groups Group-dynamic games are usually designed for the specific purpose of furthering personal development and character building. ... A board game is any game played with a premarked surface, with counters or pieces that are moved across the board. ... Monopoly is one of the best-selling commercial board games in the world. ... Close-up of modern backgammon set. ... Settlers of Catan is a multiplayer board game invented by Klaus Teuber, first published in Germany by Franckh-Kosmos Verlags-GmbH & Co. ... Tabletop game is a general term used to refer to card games, board games, parlor games, role-playing games, miniatures wargames, tile-based games and other games that are normally played on a table or other flat surface. ...

Computer and video games

In computer and video games, these are frequently called sim games. Many of the most notable have been released from one company Maxis. A computer game is a game composed of a computer-controlled virtual universe that players interact with in order to achieve a defined goal or set of goals. ... A computer game is a game composed of a computer-controlled virtual universe that players interact with in order to achieve a defined goal or set of goals. ... A color version of the Maxis logo. ...


Examples

Maxis games

SimCity is a real-time strategy/simulation city-building computer game (or software toy). It is game developer Maxis flagship product. ... Will Wright & Sim character William L. Wright (born January 20, 1960) is an American computer game designer and co-founder of the video game developer, Maxis. ... SimCity 2000 (SC2K) is a real-time strategy/simulation city building computer game; the second installment in the SimCity series of games. ... A SimCity 4 high-rise SimCity is a real-time strategy/simulation computer game (or software toy). It is game developer Maxis flagship product. ... SimCity 4 (SC4) is a real-time strategy/simulation city building computer game; the fourth installment in the SimCity series of games. ... SimAnt Screenshot SimAnt is a 1991 computer game by Maxis. ... SimEarth PC Game Packaging SimEarth Screenshot SimEarth: The Living Planet is a simulation computer game designed by Will Wright and published in 1990 by Maxis, in which the player controls the development of an entire planet. ... SimLife is a computer game produced by Maxis in 1992. ... SimIsle is a computer game produced by Maxis in 1995. ... SimPark screenshot SimPark is a 1996 computer game by Maxis. ... SimFarm Screenshot Yet another spin off from the SimCity series, SimFarm developed by Maxis in 1993 challenges players to build and manage a virtual farm. ... SimTower screenshot SimTower is a 1994 real-time strategy/simulation computer game (or software toy). Published by Maxis, it is a spin off game from the popular SimCity. ... This article is on The Sims video game. ... 2003 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar, and also: The International Year of Freshwater The European Disability Year Events January events January 1 Luíz Inácio Lula Da Silva becomes the 37th President of Brazil. ...

Non-Maxis games

  • Utopia on Intellivision (1982) by Don Daglow, often credited as the first "world sim" video or computer game
  • Animal Crossing, a life simulator for GameCube
  • Civilization, a whole world sim by Sid Meier
  • Seven Cities of Gold, 1985, a simulation of the exploration of the New World by Dani Bunten
  • Jones in the Fast Lane, an early life simulator
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator, a game, originally created by Bruce Artwick, where the player pilots an aircraft
  • Noctis, a galaxy simulation where the player explores from the first-person viewpoint
  • Caesar III, a city builder game set in ancient Rome
  • Zeus, a city builder game set in ancient Greece
  • Pharaoh, a city builder game set in ancient Egypt
  • Emperor: Rise of the Middle Kingdom, a city builder game set in ancient China
  • 1503 A.D., a city builder game set in the New World (Americas)
  • Children of the Nile, a society builder game set in ancient Egypt

Utopia, released on Intellivision in 1982, was the first sim game. ... The Intellivision is a video game console released by Mattel in 1980; development of the console began in 1978 (less than a year after the introduction of its main competitor, the legendary Atari 2600 aka the Atari VCS). ... 1982 is a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Animal Crossing, known as Animal Forest or Dōbutsu no Mori (どうぶつの森) in Japan, is a video game franchise developed by Nintendo Entertainment Analysis and Development. ... The Nintendo GameCube (Japanese: ゲームキューブ; originally code-named Dolphin during development; abbreviated as GCN) is Nintendos fourth home video game console, belonging to the 128-bit era; the same generation as Segas Dreamcast, Sonys PlayStation 2, and Microsofts Xbox. ... Civilization is a computer game created by Sid Meier for Microprose in 1991. ... Sid Meier is one of the most successful game programmers and game designers ever, with game series whose chronologies span 20 years. ... The Seven Cities of Gold is an adventure game created by Dani Bunten for Ozark Softscape and published by Electronic Arts in 1984 for the Apple IIe and Commodore 64 computers. ... 1985 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Danielle Bunten Berry (February 19, 1949 - July 3, 1998), a. ... Jones in the Fast Lane is a game developed and published by Sierra in 1991. ... Microsoft Flight Simulator FS2004 in the UK Lake District with VFR photo scenery and terrain add-ons Microsoft Flight Simulator is a flight simulator program for Microsoft Windows. ... Noctis is a freeware space flight simulator created by Alessandro Ghignola. ... Sample city built by characters in a city building game. ...

See also


Games may be classified and sub-classified according to many different criteria. ... City-Building usually refers to a type of computer strategy game, where players, from a point-of-view high in the sky, can build and manage an electronic city. ...

Computer and video game genres
Adventure | City building | Educational | Fighting | First-person shooter | Massively multiplayer | Music | Platform | Puzzle | Racing | Role-playing | Shoot 'em up | Simulation | Sports | Strategy | Third-person shooter

 
 

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