Hello it took me a while to discover this thread.
I'm Winona. I've only very recently took a serious intrest in shoot 'em ups.
A while back I was into touhou but that was it, but a game came out after a while called Undertale... this got me intrested in "bullet hells" and especially touhou again.
But after touhou I somehow decided to get into the shoot 'em up genre overall, especially after ocassionally running into forums like this. I've tried harder shooters at first unsucessfully such as Ikaruga, now I'm currently playing Mecha Ritz and can almost 1cc Touhou: PoFV but im going to wait on that game a little bit because the controls are awkward on a gamepad where it's hard to use focus mode and fire at the same time with default bindings.
Though I now have the parts to build an arcade stick but no soldering or hole drilling skills. (though i I feel like I could likely pick up soldering easily)
I'm probally one of the younger people on this forum, (20 years old) and as such I haven't really grown up with shmups or have really been exposed to them at all until very recently... but I'm very intrested in the genre in general, both new games and classics. Platforms I have available for shmups include PC, PSX/PS2, Wii/GC, and Switch. I have an xbox 360 in this house but it's not something I really have much acess to unfortunately.
I hope to eventually 1cc a decent amount of games and get to a point where I feel confident playing for score.
I don't really know what else to say but I'm excited to be here.