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Aoi Ninami
Aoi Ninami
A simulation is a simplified microsystem, concentrating on particular features of a real interaction while ignoring everything else. SimCity, for example, is vastly simpler than a real city. Emulation, on the other hand, aims to reproduce the full functionality of a different system.
lianderson
lianderson
One is to create a model of realism, the other is to imitate in order to reach or surpass.
ScorchedGround
ScorchedGround
in what context though?

Simulation is basically taking something from real life and trying to incorporate it fully or partly into a video game or other medium.

Emulation I only know from emulators. So basically a program that can run games on the PC that were meant for a different system.
For example playing Nintendo games like pokemon on the PC.
ATT_Turan
ATT_Turan
@ScorchedGround I presume the context of video games.
So a simulation is having a crafting game where you pick up ores in a cave and turn them into a sword. Emulation is taking your pick axe to carve the ores out, smelt them in a forge into bars, hammer those on an anvil...
Finnuval
Finnuval
Picked this from a very long text :

What makes a simulation different from an emulation is that the simulation is used as a standalone reference for the desired observable behavior and/or functionality. It is not (typically) used in place of the thing that is being simulated.

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Finnuval
Finnuval
the primary difference is that an emulation is typically used in an operational context where it is put in place of the “real” system being emulated.
TheoAllen
TheoAllen
Simulation = pretending to be (as) real (as possible), while actually, it is a fake.
Emulation = a substitution of the real thing, while also being real.
TheGentlemanLoser
TheGentlemanLoser
I don't think this will help with the answers (thanks everyone!) but the context I was thinking of is dreams, actually. (Weird, I know.)

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