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Which shooter theme do you like best?
Sci-Fi/Space (e.g. Gradius, Radiant Silvergun, etc.) 41%  41%  [ 90 ]
Military (e.g. Twin Cobra, Strikers 1945, etc.) 18%  18%  [ 39 ]
Fantasy/Mythology (e.g. Mahou Daisakusen, Guwange, etc.) 12%  12%  [ 27 ]
Cute 'Em Up (e.g. Cotton, Twinbee, etc.) 4%  4%  [ 9 ]
Steampunk (e.g. Progear, Steel Empire, etc.) 14%  14%  [ 30 ]
Organic (e.g. X-Multiply, Apidya, etc.) 5%  5%  [ 11 ]
Weird/Wacky/Hentai (e.g. Parodius, Choaniki, etc.) 5%  5%  [ 11 ]
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Decided to fiddle around with the poll function a little bit. :)

Obviously look at the question from an entirely superficial standpoint: Regardless of gameplay, what's your favorite "setting" for a shooter?


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It's either fantasy or steampunk, no doubt about it ;)

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Organic isn't too bad either.


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Tough to choose just one category, but if I had to it would be space shooters.

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For me, it is defintely military. It brings me to the good old days when Tiger Heli consumed my life.


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Tough one...probably a tie between steampunk and cute-em-up, but I voted steampunk.


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Regardless of gameplay, probably a fantasy/mythology setting. Unfortunately, there aren't too many of those that I actually like.


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Sci-fi themed for me, although I AM having a lot of fun right now with Mushihimesama (organic?) and Dragon Blaze.


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Really surprised about the lack of military themes interest.
I have nothing with military or wars or whatever, but for some reason it just fits the games BG, Strikers. Love it.
perhaps the game choices after the options of the poll influence some people. What would Batsugun and Sonic Wings be then? The militray kind?

I think that would've been a better description:
Battle Garegga, Strikers 1945 (more votes)

Anyway,... usefull poll.


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where does Batrider and ESPRaDe fall into?
i like those, you should have added the subcategory for Sci-Fi, NEO-TOKYO Theme, like ESP.Ra.De., Senko no Ronde and Batrider :D

i like the mood and setting, similar to diff anime shows (akira, bubblegum crisis,, etc.)

but from the list, i voted for Mythology, only becuz, i simple ADORE Guwange
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D: Battle Garegga is rather steampunk themed, I'd say. Great setting.
That's basically what made me vote for steampunk. Mahou Daisakusen, Dragon Saber, Elemental Master etc rules the fantasy world...


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Good poll! I defintely like the WWII-ish scrolling shooter themes for my verticals and space-theme for my horizontals. But I prefer verts so I'm voting for the category that has games like Strikers 1945.
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Definatly sci-fi for me. Myth/Fantasy a close second.

What would you call the Border Down OST, Rocky Jazz maybe?


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cyberpunk/steampunk with a dash of organic...


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I guess I'm really odd. I like sci-fi shooters that have organic themes woven into select levels (R-Type, Gradius, Salamander, etc.)
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Yeah, I voted for sci-fi.

As a kid, I used to actually avoid stuff with planes and military stuff. I didnt care about gameplay - I was only bothered about the pretty spaceships.

Of course, atmosphere and setting is still a big factor for me today.
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As a former Star Wars nut, sci-fi has no worries of being toppled.
But then again, I don't really avoid others based on this.
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I'm a big steampunk fan myself. Progear just blows me away, as does Ibara in it's design. Would you say that Espgaluda has a medievil steampunk theme?
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I'm the only one who's voted for cute 'em ups? Give me some tongue-in-cheek shmupping anyday. I also like games that take unexpected turns into the absurd. Final boss of Zero Gunner 2, the pigs in Batsugun. Hell, you could even apply that to the Maoi head stages in Gradius.
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Sci-fi theme, all the way. :)
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Militairy, probably because all of my favorite shmups fit that category (Strikers 1945, 19XX, etc.) Then it's a tie between cute-em-up/wacky/scifi.
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No votes for wacky shmups either, if Bangai-O fits in to that group I might have voted it, couple nice tracks in Bangai-O


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I hafta say I'm a bit prejudiced towards cute 'em ups and wacko settings, but of course there are plenty of games I like very much which don't fit those categories.
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bangai-o = incredible game
bangai-o != shmup

but i digress, i love steam-punk and fantasy. as someone mentioned though, i've played very few games in either category that i enjoy though.
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I voted the "wacky" category, because I think, when it comes to setting, you can't do much better than Parodius.

I mean, you're a ship (or a penguin or a Twinbee or a samurai or a paper plane or an octopus...) fighting giant evil penguins in a block of cheese and also space (among others). It's just too perfect.

Plus, you know, hentai.


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I'm surprised in the lack of interest in cute 'em ups. I'm sure if this were a Japanese board it would be on second place. Maybe I should have listed Harmful Park and Twinkle Star Sprites as example games, as Cotton and Twinbee may be considered too tame by a lot of people.

Personally I voted for Fantasy, although I also like Steampunk and Cuters. Speaking of Steampunk, I think it's a shame that genre isn't represented more. It's obviously very popular, but apart from the ones already listed I can only really think of Gunbird 1&2, Ibara and Battle Garegga as other possible examples. Any others that come to mind?


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where does Batrider and ESPRaDe fall into?
i like those, you should have added the subcategory for Sci-Fi, NEO-TOKYO Theme, like ESP.Ra.De., Senko no Ronde and Batrider :D

i like the mood and setting, similar to diff anime shows (akira, bubblegum crisis,, etc.)

but from the list, i voted for Mythology, only becuz, i simple ADORE Guwange


Yeah, I was thinking of dividing Sci-Fi into Space and maybe Cyberpunk or Giant Robots, but I figured there is too much overlap in these areas, so I left them all in the same category. I think it probably wouldn't have been clear enough where Cyberspace ends and Space begins. :wink:


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captain ahar wrote:
bangai-o = incredible game
bangai-o != shmup


bangaioh is a game about shooting things up. some of those things are cores, even. what, praytell, keeps it from being considered a "shmup"?

anyway, my vote was for cute-em-up. fantasy zone!


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So what qualities exactly, must there be for games to be considered a "shmup"?


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Arg, don't start that one again!

People's definitions of "shmup" differ greatly, and there's never gonna be much of a consensus, I tend to say just leave it at that.
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That's cool, I must have missed the last disscussion on it. I was asking so I'd have a rough idea of where Bangai-O fits in. I've noticed quite a few people differ whenever Bangai-O is mentioned.

But yeah I agree, there doesn't have to be a consensus, I'll leave it at that. :wink:


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