Life simulation or Artificial life game has the player live as or control one or more artificial life forms. They often involve individuals and relationships or an ecosystem. The genre encompasses virtual pets as well as social and biological reenactments of life.
God Game: The player is cast in the position of a god or as an entity with divine and supernatural powers. The game is controlled on a large scale with the player usually in charge of the environment or elements with the goal of containing, guarding or influencing autonomous characters.
This is not to be confused with god mode, a state found in many video games (usually afforded the player through use of a cheat or granted as an unlockable in-game reward) wherein the player-character is granted invincibility, invulnerability, or both.
- VGG: Life Simulation genre fan