As someone with an honours degree in literary theory and criticism, with a published dissertation on the effect of ergodic interactivity on narrative catharsis ...
listening to all of you try and talk about "what is simulation" and "what is story" hurts my brain.
please go to school before you start professing your opinions to be facts.
it's okay to have opinions, and it's even better when our opinions differ because that is how we learn and grow, but for the love of actual god ... stop acting like you know more than you do. because you don't.