It’s hard to watch an old friend go. That’s why we’re lucky that we’re into electronics and nerdy things that plug into walls, right? These are things that never really pick up stakes and leave… the worst that might happen is that some jerk will borrow your nerd gear and never give it back. All of this reassurance, however, sometimes does little to soften the blow when gaming industry trends don’t swing in the favor the types of games that you may have grown to love in the past. Even worse, sometimes those trends effectively kill off a whole genre. This is the story of the shooter.Oh, shooters. Not first-person shooters, but what some people (who obviously have no problem making up words) call “schmups”. These make up various hallowed series as Gradius, Thunder Force, and R-Type, and are name-dropped by old guys seeking some street cred, or maybe a part of their youth that they lost somewhere in a mall arcade. The games are characterized by auto-scrolling screens, spaceships with unreal amounts of ammunition, and difficulty levels that grant you the ability to somehow crunch a controller in one hand out of pure physical rage.Despite their waning popularity, shooters… Read full this story
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