There is now such a crossover between simulation gaming and those enterprises which are fund in businesses and training centres that it could be said that your average player who has played a game for several thousand hours, could quite easily walk into a job doing a similar variety of tasks. Does that mean simulation gaming should go on your CV? It is probably an option you should weigh up but you need to remember that playing a game is much different to understanding scenarios and the knowledge required to undertake actual control of somebody else's life and the safety and fall out from your decision making.
In a game environment a simulation is exactly that and it goes no further, albeit to run again where you will make different decisions. Whether building a city, fighting a war, flying a plane or driving a car, all of these require a lot more real term knowledge to carry out a daily job. However, playing a game does take you through the process of decision making, except in a real world environment you have to make decisions that have positive effects rather than trial and error. You need to be efficient at first strike decisions rather than take several weeks to reach a new level.
While a computer can run through the process of a simulation, it is in the end that a human makes the final decision on whether to adapt the new technology or start again. From the military and drones to the ability to fly a plane or drive a car, computer games in a way, area scary realisation that you are actually learning while you're having fun, even though it is in a small way.
Today's gaming simulation is a world way from the first invention at a retail product and SimCity in 1999. Full scale wars and multi player online gaming is now enabled, where every character on the field can be a real world player in a virtual scenario. Individual decisions compacting on a computer simulation which in turn affects the outcome of you and your player. The best example of such a virtual world impacting the real world was the film 'Gamer' which starred Gerald Butler. Is that where we're heading?
A variety of simulation games also enable you to change aspects of the game play, change weapons, create new weapons and armour as well as build new buildings and add new characters, this is a form of modelling which is new to the environment but one that is growing in strength. As players look to take more control of the personalised gaming environment even when it affects countless other players in online multi player gaming environments, the growing choice of adaptions it made more available to the player.