shmup


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shmup

An abbreviated form of "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 shmups 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!