What is simulation?

A simulation is an artificial or illusional version of something. For example, if you create a computer game in which what appears to be a person throws what appears to be a basketball through what appears to be a hoop, you have a simulation of the game of basketball, even though no actual people, basketballs, or hoops are involved.

Simulation is an acting out or mimicking an actual or probable real life condition, event, or situation to find a cause of a past occurrence (such as an accident), or to forecast future effects (outcomes) of assumed circumstances or factors.

A simulation may be performed through:

  • solving a set of equations (a mathematical model),
  • constructing a physical (scale) model,
  • staged rehearsal,
  • game (such as war games), or a computer graphics model (such as an animated flowchart).
  • Whereas simulations are very useful tools that allow experimentation without exposure to risk, they are gross simplifications of the reality because they include only a few of the real-world factors, and are only as good as their underlying assumptions.

Naruto is a simulation game. In Naruto, you could pretend yourself as a ninja.