Everytime I die with a few bombs left, I shake my head and feel like I've let Prometheus down...
Haha don't worry, I die with bombs in stock too!
The key is to try improving your consistance
at not dying with bombs left, and weighing risk vs possible reward at all times to decide when you should perhaps/maybe/probably/definitely bomb and try to learn lessons from mistakes by analyzing what happened... etc
My issue is that I have something of a Superiority Complex. I have this weird notion I can't shake that I couldn't even post in forums like these if I'm not doing something like.. 1ccing LUNATIC runs on random Touhou games. Believe me I wanna shake this bad mindset.
I get really discouraged and even envious when I see Jaimers or Ite's Superplays as suggested videos from my own youtube videos. It's like being dishonored or something despite that what I have on my Youtube channel is my very best. I think if I had more Self Esteem or confidence, I could do alot better on SHMUPs because I'd have the will to practice more and more instead of quitting on the first death. Why? Because I don't want to be overshadowed.
Hopefully you get what I mean. Not sure how else to word it x.x
Becoming conscious of your flaws is the first step towards improvement! And if you can even tell others, that's another step! Now realize you may never be the best, but what matters to you is learning/improving and trying to reach your objectives, find your own path towards erasing this superiority complex!
MAME : for DDP Shmupmame 2.2 seems to fail with savestates I believe, latest version works better. Try another version of shmupmame you should find one that works with it or that other game. (Ketsui & DOJ have no problem with savestates on ShmupMAME 2.2 for me)