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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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We have this wonderful new transformative medium, but we've still got shoot-'em-ups, lots of violence, stereotypes of women.
Viva Pinata is a welcome break from the shoot-'em-ups.
Completely unbelievable it may be, but as adventure shoot-'em-ups go, there's not much better.
In "Mortal Kombat," for example, one of the best-selling shoot-'em-ups, blood spurts and bodies explode as players attempt to remain alive while massacring opponents.
To be sure, this furor is puny when compared with the violence in shoot-'em-ups, noir, or any other genre.
Is Hollywood saying "enough" to the very "assault weapons" these same actors tote around in the shoot-'em-ups kids watch at metroplexes, like the one in Aurora, Colo.?
Not only are they premier shoot-'em-ups about to compete with the ultimate in videogames, Gulf War 2, they are also shooting it out with each other.
The shoot-'em-ups "rewire" regions of the mind crucial for governing emotion, experts say.
Another reason for the drift is the networks' doting on female viewers, who tend to shy away from rough language and shoot-'em-ups. "Blow it up for the men, and make it a mystery with a little bit of humanity in it for the women," cracks TV historian Tim Brooks.
The titles available include something to suit all tastes, from the latest multi-player shoot-'em-ups (including Quake II and Half-Life) through realistic football with Actua Soccer III to the high-speed rally action of Colin McRae Rally.
Very much in the style of other non-redemptive Euro shoot-'em-ups from Luc Besson's EuropaCorp stable ("The Transporter," etc.), dumb, pedal-to-the-metal actioner will sit well with target auds in fast playoff before robust ancillary.
Along with the Tomb Raider series, SCi is best known for shoot-'em-ups Hitman and Conflict, though it has recently launched new games such as Lego Star Wars.
Half-Life is the latest in a long line of first person shoot-'em-ups that claim to be the best thing in gaming since the invention of the joystock.
"Mad" and "Bad" are only the beginning: AMC is funding script development for at least four series pilots, including one about a man with multiple-personality disorder, another dealing with a prison escapee's life on the run, and a pair of what look like serious, old-fashioned cowboys-vs.-Indians shoot-'em-ups.
FIRST-person shoot-'em-ups for the PlayStation 2 are thin on the ground, and this latest effort is solid, if unspectacular.