Games that "simulate" so well you learned from them?
- John Brock(jwb3)United States
Once upon a time wargames were also known as "simulation games". Then along came "computer simulations", and nowadays many people equate the word "simulation" so thoroughly with computers that they forget the word can have any other meaning (as in, see thread...).Recommend
But the goal of this geeklist isn't about the definition of the word "simulation", it's about one specific purpose of simulating: To be able to learn something about the real world by making an imitation of it.
In our case, that imitation must take the form of a game.
What games do you feel did such a good job of presenting their subject that one can actually gain insight into the real world by playing them?
What games gave you an "Aha!" moment... as you came to understand, say, a period of history you'd always wondered about?
For my own purposes I'm primarily interested in historical-conflict-themed games that will give the player a strong insight into the conflict they represent, but this list is in no way intended to be limited to wargames, or even to board games. I'd rather leave out video games because they don't have the same natural tension between abstraction, simulation, and playability as board games -- but RPGs are also welcome entries if they fit the bill.
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