We love the simulation genre so much that we decided to dedicate a month to it. There’s a lot to talk about when it comes to simulation games and, for some reason, there’s just something so special about them.
What exactly is the simulation genre?
Simulation games mimic activities from real life. You can create your own person and have them live their own virtual life, such as in The Sims. You can take care of virtual pets, have virtual jobs, go on a virtual vacation… the possibilities are endless. There’s just something so exciting about a simulation game. You can do everything in the game that you can do in real life but it’s faster and cheaper. We all want an alternate reality where we can do the things we normally do but at an in-game price.
The simulation genre is pretty vast too. There are plenty of subgenres such as dating sims, life sims, business simulations, medical simulations, vehicle simulations, and so many more.
For me, I personally tend to gravitate toward life or dating simulation games. That is until I get jealous of my character and stop playing for a little while. Either way, I love pretty much all simulation games for a couple of different reasons.
I don’t think it’s much of a secret that I’m not great at video games. There are certain games I love but I’m just bad at them. Platformers, especially. Simulation games allow me to go at my own pace and do what I want. Sure, there are some simulation games that you can “lose” or get a “bad ending” but the journey is relaxing anyway… for the most part.
They’re the kinds of games that you can pick and play as you go. There’s no heavy story you need to pay attention to. There are no deadlines. I mean, there are some games that have deadlines or have stories, but for the most part, most simulation games are pretty chill.
I can collect things
I love collecting things. I don’t know why. I have no clue where this fascination came from to collect everything. Maybe I can blame Pokemon for this, but if I have one thing of something, I have to get them all. There are a lot of simulation games that have things for you to collect.
I think this is why I love Animal Crossing so much. Between the fish, bugs, fossils, furniture, clothes, and everything in between, there are a lot of things to collect to grow your catalog. It’s relaxing to spend a day fishing and it’s also a bit of a challenge. Animal Crossing, for example, is based in real-life time so there are certain bugs and fish you can’t get in certain seasons or weather. It keeps you busy for a long time.
I can keep going and going and going
You don’t normally play a simulation game once and never go back to it. No, you’re always going to keep playing the game and each time you play, you’ll play a different way. Or maybe you’ll do what you did before but still somehow get a different outcome as slight as it may be.
I can play Animal Crossing for years and still be collecting things, trying to get new villagers to move in. I can play The Sims for the rest of my life and build all the houses I want, create all the families, kill off those families, what have you. I can play Game Dev Tycoon and have a different outcome every single time based on the cards I’m dealt with.
Overall, simulation games never get boring. There’s always something to do. There are some simulation games I’ve played that just isn’t good – and I mean they’re pretty bad. For the most part though, most simulation games I fall in love with and will go back to all the time. It’s a well-rounded genre that will never get old.