Reality often becomes frustrating when there are dreams that we cannot do in life. Sometimes, we dream of becoming an entrepreneur, a farm owner, a business tycoon and the like. However, often these only fall in our life in the category of a dream. And sometimes, these are only fantasies. One way to cope up with the frustration is playing some online simulation games. These games became very popular as it was introduced in the gaming world. These games are games focusing on realism. It is sort of living life in the virtual world. In these games, we get to be business tycoon owning a chocolate factory with branches all over the world. Here, we could become the owner and operator of the biggest building in the world. We could become a big time farmer with the biggest farmland and grow different kinds of crops in our farm. We could even own an island and rule over the inhabitants if we want to. These games are made available to live out the dream that is not even close to our reality.
There are several types of simulation games. These are Construction and Management Simulation, Life Simulation, and Vehicle Simulation. Construction and Management Simulation (CMS) games are the type of game wherein the player gets to build, create, expands fictional communities with very limited resources to start with. This type also has sub-types: city-building games, business simulation and government simulation games. In city building games, the gamer takes the role of the leader or overall planner for the said city. The player then provides food, shelter, clothing, health and spiritual care for all the citizens in this city. The success of the city relies on the fund that kept growing with profit as the game is played. The most known game for this type is the SimCity. SimCity is still quite popular and can be claimed to have influenced most of the city-building games that came after. Business Simulation games often are games that endeavor to simulate a business or an economy. While, the Government Simulation games are games that simulates the policies, government or politics of a country. This, however, does not include warfare in the game. Next to CMS games is the Life Simulation game. Life Simulation games are games that involves living in a fictional life. This could be a simulation of an ecosystem, or may revolve around relationships and individuals. Some games in this type include SimLife, Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis and Spore. Vehicle Simulation games types are flight simulation, racing games, space flight simulation, train and vehicular combat simulation games. These are games that attempt to provide gamers with the almost real-life interpretations of operating various kinds of vehicles.
Computer Simulation games are often played by a single player. However, playing these games online could be interactive. You could meet and play with friends often through Facebook. Some examples of games are Farmville, Sims, Farm Town, Restaurant City, and a lot more. These are social games wherein you can send gifts and invitations, or even work on your friends’ farm or businesses. Among these, Farmville is my choice of a simulation game. In this game, you are given a small piece of land and a small budget to start with. You grow plants on that small land and harvest those plants to correspond to money for the game. You keep on doing this until it expands to a very big farmland. As you go along and earn money for the game, you get to acquire barns, houses, trees, animals and seeds to expand and fill your farmland. Next thing you know, you’ve got the biggest farm on Farmville. However, every seed has its time to grow. So you must harvest them on time or else the plants will wither away and you would lose the money for it. Here is where strategy and the challenge come in because if this happens every time, you lose money and eventually lose the investment. Just like in the real world, whenever an investment is made, you must manage and operate it for the investment to grow. You must look after it day to day, watch for its growth and improvements until it gets to earn you profit.
Just as these simulation games became widely popular, a lot of developer came out with more and different games of this genre. However, the most popular are often the games developed by the large publishers because they are those with bigger budget to advertise the games. But this doesn’t mean that games developed by small publishers are not as good. It might be worth your while to try these games out as well.