What is realism
We have already talked about the most noticeable, graphic. Everything is clear with him: the more the picture on the monitor resembles the simulated object, the more realistic it will be. Soundtrack can also be attributed here - more and more attention has been paid to sound in video games recently. Things are getting better and better with graphics now, but the saying about the lack of limits to perfection is appropriate here. Paradox - despite the desire for one hundred percent compliance, the most developed kind of realism in games is unlikely to ever reach the desired bar "as in life"; certainly not in our lifetime.
Another kind of realism that developers love to brag about is technical realism. “But our cars not only look like real ones, but also behave authentically on the track!” Here, the interaction of the model with the environment is at the forefront. Realistic recoil when shooting, realistic behavior of the aircraft in the air, simulation of tire grip - these are examples of such realism, which, as a rule, is used in serious vehicle simulators, and even then very limitedly.
Realistic video games
Of course, the bar for realism in games is inexorably rising, but it rises very unevenly. Whether it's bad or not, but game creators usually follow the path of least resistance: as has been said more than once, graphic realism has stepped forward very much, things are a little worse with technical and eventful, and behavioral is completely marking time.