Sims of sims: 10 ways to escape from escapism

What it simulates: Remote control car racing
What its simulation is a simulation of: Actual car racing

If you were a kid when this game was released, and you had an NES, there’s a decent chance you also had an RC car. They were synonymous with fun. They turned books and bits of cardboard and anything else long and flat into death ramps. But you’d rather drive colorful blocks around on your TV.

Above: We were stupid to ever go outside


What it simulates: Professional wrestling
What its simulation is a simulation of: Actual wrestling

WWE wrestlers may be very skilled athletes, but that doesn’t make what they do any less fake or strangely erotic. Thanks to videogames, you can simulate the WWE’s pretend taunts, holds and body slams until you’ve had your fill of sweaty men and easily misconstrued poses.

Above:  Boy, that digital representation of The Animal is sure in a load of pretend danger now!


What it simulates: Cyberspace
What its simulation is a simulation of: Reality, only with more neon

At first, you might think that Tron 2.0 only contains one level of abstraction – it’s a simulation of the digital world in which Tron takes place. The metaness of it is more apparent if we adjust the wording: it’s a simulation of a virtual world. You’re not simulating the insides of your computer when you play a Tron game, you’re simulating a simulation taking place within a fictional computer in a fictional world. The levels of abstraction here are outstanding. A similar logic can be applied to Matrix games, since they simulate a simulation of reality.

Above: How’d Master Chief get in there?

Jan 29, 2009

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  • usmovers_02 - January 31, 2009 2:29 p.m.

    Greg Hasting Tournament Paintball IMO is one of the best games ever made. It actually has a working and really intuitive control scheme which gives you almost complete and fluid control over your body which is what you need to play paintball with any degree of success. I can understand why some people might consider it a simulation of combat and thats even the way the game started. In the woods with "sniper" style markers and gilly suits. You might here a shot every 10 mins. While thats fun its just WAY too slow to be the true sport of paintball. Real paintball is played on tight courses with air bunkers with paint flying like crazy. I've played a lot of FPS's that claim to be just like real war and NONE of them feel at all like a good game of paintball does. That's why I don't consider it a war simulator.
  • CoD_22 - January 31, 2009 12:55 p.m.

    Why no sims? thats probably the most obvious sim of real life!
  • fergfighter - January 30, 2009 9:52 p.m.

    am i the only one, EXTREMELEY confused
  • SirBonkers - January 30, 2009 7:56 p.m.

    Good stuff!! I have always been baffled by the paintball and go-cart games. Glad to see I am not alone. By the way "all the speed of Karting" that cracks me up.I can go experience "all the speed of a Karting" in my Honda on the way to work.
  • MacGyver1138 - January 30, 2009 7:36 p.m.

    I have never understood why a paintball video game would be made when someone could put in any FPS and get the experience paintball is simulating. Not to mention most of the paintball video games get crappy reviews. I hadn't ever thought about the others, so thanks!
  • Shellghost - January 30, 2009 10:34 a.m.

    yea i play paintball, it is an acuall sport and way more fun than any other sport :P ReCaptcha: Finger Prune ... O.o
  • usmovers_02 - January 30, 2009 5:17 a.m.

    Paintball is not a simulation of combat. It is another sport of it's own, just like Football, Baseball, Hockey, and others. Ask anybody who plays paintball (and not woodsball, there is a difference) and they'll say the same thing.
  • triforcerpgfreek - January 30, 2009 4:37 a.m.

    smack down vs. raw funny
  • Cwf2008 - January 30, 2009 2:21 a.m.

  • Ninja-KiLLR - January 30, 2009 1:59 a.m.

    i like solitarie
  • Z-man427 - January 29, 2009 10:45 p.m.

    What it simulates: The classic card game What its simulation is a simulation of: Having friends i nearly pissed myself
  • DawgsFan117 - February 1, 2009 1:40 a.m.

    Oh and usmovers_02 you do realize that people arnt debating whether paintball is a simulation of war because its a well known fact that thats exactly what it is. Lets see each person has a GUN which they use t SHOOT people on the opposing side in order to TAKEOUT or KILL them. Sounds like war to me.
  • DawgsFan117 - February 1, 2009 1:36 a.m.

    Z-man427 What it simulates: Someone that thinks its cool to repeat parts of the article even though we all obviously read it. What that simulation is a simulation of: Someone with a life.
  • demo117 - January 31, 2009 1:27 a.m.

    paintball games get bad reviews because only certain people like them like me.p.s.i own at paintball
  • Taxtm - January 30, 2009 7:24 p.m.

    God, I could go on a rant for hours on how ridiculous it is that those baby games are still being produced, but I'm gonna keep my mouth shut on this one. Great article!
  • hardcore_gamer1990 - January 30, 2009 6:23 p.m.

    RC-PRO AM isnt the only RC racing game. Another is ReVolt. It's like RC racing but with more explosions =) And this was my ReCaptcha : "Philadelphia, Tells" - I mean COME ON!
  • GamesRadarTylerWilde - January 30, 2009 5:31 p.m.

    Yes, paintball is a sport, one that I said is really fun. But if shooting fake bullets at people isn't a simulation of combat, what is?
  • noobeater - January 30, 2009 4:17 p.m.

    i play paintball and its a sport but it is a sport of simulation oh and a 'hah' to the solitaire i like this article but the baby games are clogging up the gaming market great article
  • danowat - January 30, 2009 1:07 p.m.

    A vast percentage of todays world class racing talent cut their teeth in karts. Karting is a bonifide sport in it's own right
  • AMayer - January 30, 2009 4:02 a.m.

    This is why the world needs GamesRadar. ReCaptcha: Henrike Mike

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