There may be millions of shmup lovers in the world but there is only one Lord Shmup. I wear that nickname from theflamey with pride and I’m happy to be part of the community, and I invite you to join in with the fun. With so many different styles of shoot ‘em ups and the surplus of games being released, it’s not only a good time to join but the best time. Primarily based on Twitter, you can find anyone by simply searching the hashtag shmup. There you will find a massive amount of posts, videos, screenshots, and pleasant people.
Eastasiasoft is a publisher that has brought us the likes of Ghost Blade HD along with high score contests to go with it. I joined a high score contest and won an eShop gift card! Video submissions were required for that competition and from watching other videos I was able to learn new tactics to improve. Among other publishers come giveaways to win game codes and physical games to add to your collection. I’m very thankful for the codes I’ve won along the way. In turn, I post screenshots and videos for others to see and they may purchase the game. It comes full circle as the developer will benefit and motivate them to create another awesome shmup for us to enjoy.
Interactions created from these fantastic games allow folks to be themselves and often formulate friendships as a result. I cannot count how many Twitter friends I interact with only because of Shmups! It’s both nice and motivating to play games outside of your preference brought on by these great people. Lately, some developers have been reaching out to the community for inspiration and direction. Imagine being able to make an impact in a video game being created! Watching progress on new games is amazing as well. I’m a massive fan of Danmaku Unlimited 3 and follow the developer on Twitter, where footage from the upcoming shmup is posted. All I can say is I’m eager to see more and excited to play whatever comes out of the Doragon Entertainment camp.
The early bird catches the first worm
Twitter can be a source of nasty interactions from folks belittling others with childlike banter, or the Console Wars being taken too far, but not in the Shmup community. I’ve only seen kindness even from the deep sea dwellers (as I refer to expert shmuppers) that rake in the unreachable high scores from game to game. Everyone is there to help recommend games based on your taste, encourage you to try another run, and give insight on how to tackle difficult levels. Games like Steredenn Binary Stars that have daily runs set the stage for friendly competition and learning from one another. Everyone is here to lift the next person and it’s always been that way here.
If you’re not a fan of the shoot ‘em up genre there is most certainly a game that can be recommended to you. Start off with Sky Force Anniversary and post about it on Twitter with the hashtag Shmup and see what happens. Try new games and strike a conversation with a stranger. Contests, friends, and kindness fill this genre and platform in a way I haven’t see in any other and I’m glad to be part of it. Join me and many others on this #Shmup adventure today.