shmup

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Etymology[edit]

Phonetic contraction of shoot-'em-up.

Noun[edit]

shmup (plural shmups)

  1. (video games, slang) A shoot-'em-up.
    • 2005, Simon Carless, Gaming Hacks
      Highlights include the great-looking shmup Judgement Silversword.
    • 2005, Raph Koster, A Theory of Fun for Game Design
      Galaga was probably the most influential of all of these because it added bonus levels and the power-up, a concept that has become standard in every shmup.

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