What is it about these physics-defying games that makes them one of the most long lasting genres around?
Shootâ€˜em ups (SHMUPS) are a very specific kind of videogame that everybody will recognize, a type of game where you control a maneuverable weapon â€“ often in the form of a spaceship â€“ stopping enemies from destroying you or your bases. Control is often fairly limited, four- or eight-way control, but sometimes only sideways, combined with one or more fire-buttons. One of the most well known incarnations of the game is Space Invaders and a lot of later games all seem to be inspired by this old granddaddy of SHMUPS from the late 1970â€™s. Even non-gamers know what Space Invaders is about, often describing a modern day SHMUP as â€˜being like Space Invadersâ€™.
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