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One of my favourite genres were shoot-em-ups or SHMUPS as they're called. The basic premise is simple. You pilot a craft. The player's view is usually vertically aligned. The screen scrolls vertically. Tons of enemy crafts come from the top, you blast them to bits. Some of them shoot back, some try to hit you, others just exhibit some sort of random or deterministic motion. Over time, you get better weapons, better shields and so on, and the enemies get tougher and smarter.