shoot 'em up

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shoot 'em up

A video game genre in which the objective is to shoot a large number of enemies while maneuvering to avoid their attacks, especially by controlling a single spacecraft or aircraft. I used to love playing shoot 'em ups at our local arcade growing up. It required such quick reactions and skill that you really felt accomplished when you made it all the way through!
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shoot ’em up

1. n. a Western action movie. Most films are more sophisticated nowadays than the old shoot ’em ups.
2. mod. having to do with a Western action film. He was a shoot ’em up star in the thirties.
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Gamers big and small can have a blast at arcade games with classics such as Pacman, air hockey, shoot 'em ups and even the world's first three-axis rotation simulator Stereo VR.
Hewson Consultants, founded by Andrew Hewson in the mid-eighties, went on to be responsible for some of the very best shoot 'em ups of the era - and now it seems the torch has been passed.
Lead developer Kenny Roy says in a post on Microsoft News Center, 'As much as I love shoot 'em ups, big explosions and arcade experiences, I believe that games can be so much more.' Roy believes that there are real positive experiences that can be gained from gaming and wants the greater public to experience that.
"I was into X-Box before this but this is something different to shoot 'em ups and typical games."
Bungie's success is entirely down to Halo, the game that effectively launched shoot 'em ups on a new generation of games consoles.
Films compiled are not just 'shoot 'em ups' but anything taking place on the Western frontier.
In a gaming world obsessed with repetitive shoot 'em ups, tactics and guile are the order of the day with this turnbased shooter.
When CCW comes to a state or, in the case of Iowa, the carry restrictions are greatly eased, some police oppose it--claiming that Wild West shoot 'em ups will ensue.
It's one of those things that's easy to learn but will take a while to master - and once again the Wii has re-invented the whole gaming idea - this is relaxing, artistic and a world away from the shoot 'em ups and driving games.
Forget ideas of spotty teenagers playing shoot 'em ups in their bedrooms - this is the era of the family playing the Wii together, and Mum's penchant for playing Farmville on Facebook.
London, April 12 (ANI): Console driving games leave you feeling more aggressive than violent shoot 'em ups, says a new study.
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While legitimate reasons exist for concern - far too many children are indeed gaming with violent and sexually explicit games intended only for adults - those opposed to video games might be surprised to learn that not one of the 10 best-selling games for the PlayStation and Xbox consoles in 2006 were shoot 'em ups. Most were, in fact, sports titles.
SHOOT 'em ups and humour don't usually lie easily together.
RELOADED: As shoot 'em ups go, different and worth seeking out.