Sports games have been around for decades, but the concept of “simulation” is relatively new. When the term first entered the sports media, sports gamers were quick to point out that simulations, by definition, are completely fictional, and that these games could never be considered as real life games.
Simulations are typically games that tell a different story than the one that an actual sport does. The main difference between a simulation and a true sports game is the idea of sports realism. In a simulation, players are encouraged to act in a way that a real sports competition could be expected to have played out. A good example would be the NFL Draft game, where players in the real NFL draft are expected to be in the same positions and the same speed that they will actually be in the NFL.
Simulation is an excellent thing for many reasons. Not only can it make watching sports entertaining, but it can also provide insight into how the real thing works, providing us with an entertaining and realistic alternative to the infomercials we see on television each night.
A few decades ago, when the idea of sports simulation first came into existence, it was accepted as a legitimate type of game and was commonly referred to as “dirt racing”. In fact, dirt racing or NASCAR racing is a perfect example of a sports simulation that is completely real.
The premise behind NASCAR racing is that players are placed in a virtual oval track similar to what is seen in real world sports. Each driver is assigned a weight that he or she is to drive at, and the rest of the car, including the engine, tires, and suspension, are all simulated. Drivers must be in top form and be able to make it to the finish line in the fastest manner possible.
Simulation games have developed vastly since their conception in the 1980’s. Today, players are put in the seat of professional athletes and have almost complete control over the game. This is very important because, unlike real life, a player does not get a chance to ask his or her coach before the game starts.
One of the main differences between simulation and professional sports is that while the simulation can simulate entire games, the professionals must sometimes be restrained from their natural abilities. This is done through mechanics that will have a slight effect on the player’s ability to make contact with a ball during a game.
Simulation games are definitely here to stay. Not only are they entertaining, but they can also give fans the opportunity to play a part in the sports competition they love.