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Simulation projects are projects that imitate something in reality. These can range from driving a car and demonstrating physics, among a few examples. They are also a main project tag but do not appear in the explore tab.
Examples of Simulations
Life simulations simulate one or more lifeforms (such as dogs, cats or humans) and their daily lives, usually involving the player to take part of it, usually as the main character.
A popular form of a life simulation is a virtual pet, which allows the player to take care of a pet, either real animals (for example, Nintendogs, Webkinz) or fantasy creatures (for example, the Chao Garden in Sonic Adventure and Sonic Adventure 2, Viva Pinata games, Neopets). A related form is a biological simulation, which allows the player to take control of many lifeforms and influence them with their natural environment. Good examples would be WolfQuest and Plague Inc.
Another popular form of a life simulation is a social simulation, which allows the player to observe social interactions between virtual lifeforms. Examples include The Sims series, Animal Crossing, and Tomodachi Life.
A flight simulator is a simulation project in which the user may virtually fly a plane. They generally are uncommon on scratch due to fact that 3D is hard to make due to technical limitations.
Another genre is physics simulation, in which a project emulates the effects of gravity, collision, and/or other forces on objects. Complex physics simulations can be created quite easily with Scratch's graphics system, so these are quite popular and common.
Mathematical simulations are another genre of simulation projects. Some examples include fractal rendering engines, 3D engines using trigonometry, and probability simulations. Projects which solve problems or simulate a mathematical concept are popular as well. Projects which iterate through the Collatz Conjecture, or draw the Lorenz Attractor, can also be found on the website.
- Main article: Operating System
These are possibly the most popular kind of simulation. They simulate a computer, phone, or tablet. Instead of just trying to remake a popular OS, such as Windows, some users make their own. These are very widespread on scratch.
- See also: Creating a Chat Bot
Chatbots simulate talking to a real person. Some use "Ask" Blocks to create these, however many also use user scripts (for speech recognition) or customised ways of text input made by the chatbot creator. Sometimes these are implemented into Operating Systems . Often they are limited and can not detect common typos .
A popular type of simulation is a "comment simulator" which creates lists of comments automatically generated or from a pre-listed database. These are not especially common on scratch, but are still fairly widespread. Some comment simulators also include ‘themes’ or ‘genres’ that the comments are based off .