New video: Focus on – The history of the Shoot ’em Up game

My new video explores the history of the Shoot ’em Up game from 1962 to today. I provide a definition of what constitutes a Shoot ’em Up game, and show the milestones and some of the other branches of the shooting game.

Mein neues Video widmet sich der Geschichte des Shoot ’em Up Games von 1962 bis heute. Ich liefere eine Definition davon, was ein Shoot ’em Up Game ausmacht, und zeige die Meilensteine sowie einige der anderen Abzweigungen des Shooters. Das Video ist in englischer Sprache mit deutschen Untertiteln.

Shown games (in the order of appearance):

  • Jamestown (Final Form Games 2011)
  • Satazius (Astro Port 2011)
  • Neon Ships (Sensen Games 2021)
  • Sniper Ships (Sensen Games 2021)
  • FooM: the shoot-’em up text adventure (Piers Johnson 1995)
  • Missile Command (Atari 1980)
  • Space Taxi (Muse 1985)
  • Doom (iD Software 1993)
  • Air Ace II (Robert Grace 1989)
  • Super Gridrunner (Llamasoft 1991)
  • Duck Hunt (Nintendo 1984)
  • Space Harrier (Sega 1985)
  • Space Invader (Unknown [BASIC game] 1980?)
  • Spacewar! (Steve Russell 1962)
  • Space Invaders (Taito 1978)
  • Breakout (Atari 1976)
  • Galaxian (Namco 1979)
  • Phoenix (Amstar 1980)
  • Centipede (Atari 1980)
  • Skramble (Anirog 1983)
  • Defender (Williams 1981)
  • Vanguard (Tose Co. 1981)
  • Caverns of Mars (Atari 1981)
  • Tempest (Atari 1981)
  • Battlezone (Atari 1980)
  • Moon Patrol (Irem 1982)
  • Zaxxon (Sega 1982)
  • River Raid (Activision 1982)
  • Commando (Capcom 1985)
  • Ikari Warriors II (SNK 1986)
  • Who Dares Wins II (Alligata 1986)
  • Gradius/Nemesis (Konami 1985)
  • Sabre Wulf (Ashby 1984)
  • Super Mario Bros. (Nintendo 1985)
  • Deluxe Pacman (Edgar M. Vigdal 1995)
  • Darius+ (Taito 1989)
  • R-Type (Irem 1987)
  • Batsugun (Toaplan 1993)

Legal information:

The gameplay for Galaxian was taken from the Crozza Games remake available under
The Speed Race flyer was uploaded by user Namcorules to StrategyWiki, and is used here under a CC BY-SA 3.0 license.
The PDP-1 running Spacewar! was photographed by Joi Ito and is licensed under CC BY 2.0.
The mosaic of Tomohiro Nishikado was created by Charis Tsevis and is used here with his kind permission. For non-commercial uses it is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 3.0.
All other material was created by the author, is freely usable or in the public domain, or is featured in the video under the assumption of “fair use”.


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