alt. (context idiomatic film television literature video games English) A short story, novel, television show, film, computer game, or other narrative which depicts considerable gunplay. n. (context idiomatic film television literature video games English) A short story, novel, television show, film, computer game, or other narrative which depicts considerable gunplay.
Shoot 'em up (also known as shmup or STG) is a subgenre of the shooter genre of video games. In a shoot 'em up, the player character engages in a lone assault, often in a spacecraft or aircraft, shooting large numbers of enemies while dodging their attacks. There is no consensus as to which design elements compose a shoot 'em up. Some restrict the definition to games featuring spacecraft and certain types of character movement; others allow a broader definition including characters on foot and a variety of perspectives. Shoot 'em ups call for fast reactions and for the player to memorize levels and enemy attack patterns. "Bullet hell" games feature overwhelming numbers of enemy projectiles.
The genre's origins can be traced back to Spacewar!, one of the earliest computer games, developed in 1962 and eventually released in amusement arcades in the early 1970s. However, Tomohiro Nishikado, creator of Space Invaders, is generally credited with inventing the genre. Space Invaders premiered in Japanese arcades in 1978. Shoot 'em ups were popular throughout the 1980s and early 1990s. In the mid-1990s, shoot 'em ups became a niche genre based on design conventions established in the 1980s, and increasingly catered to specialist enthusiasts, particularly in Japan.
Shoot 'Em Up is a 2007 action film, starring Clive Owen, Paul Giamatti, and Monica Bellucci. The film is about a drifter (Owen) who rescues a newborn from being killed by an assassin (Giamatti) and his thugs. The drifter flees from the gang, enlisting the help of a prostitute (Bellucci) to keep the baby safe as he unravels the conspiracy. The film was written and directed by Michael Davis and produced by Susan Montford, Don Murphy and Rick Benattar. The film was released on September 7, 2007. Despite receiving generally positive reviews, Shoot 'Em Up underperformed at the box office. It went on to become a cult film.
Usage examples of "shoot 'em up".
Within a few months, the former undisciplined, shoot 'em up army was becoming the crack special forces unit Jones had wanted it to be.
That single sweep of charred stucco on Bancroft's wall looked too elegant for this to be a shoot 'em up carnival.