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Posted on May 8th 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (MetalFRO)
Posted under Switch N Shoot, Nintendo, Switch, eShop, download, shooter, shmup, shooting game, STG, shoot em up, Galaga, indie game


Title screen image shamelessly linked from Cliqist

Do you like Galaga? Do you like Space Invaders? Do you like Gorf? What about Phoenix? If you like blasting alien baddies in 8-bits, with simple, arcade style and fun, then boy, have I got a game for you! Switch 'N' Shoot, on the Nintendo Switch, might just scratch that old school arcade shooter itch you've been nursing.


Continue reading Switch N Shoot - Old School Arcade Fun Returns



Posted on Mar 14th 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (MetalFRO)
Posted under Shoot the Corecast, shmup, podcast, Zanac, Compile, shooting game, STG, shooter, shoot em up


This is Episode 009 of Shoot the Core-cast! In this edition, MetalFRO and Addicted look at Zanac, the classic NES shooter that most of us played as kids. Does it hold up? What's good about it? Why is it so well loved? To help us answer these questions, we called upon Collectorcast members Duke.Togo and Crabmaster2000, to weigh in on the game. We hope you enjoy it!

Direct episode link:
http://rfgeneration.com/podcasts/shmupclub/?name=2019-03-12_shoot_the_core-cast_episode_009_-_zanac.mp3

Check us out and subscribe (and rate!) on Apple Podcasts!
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/shoot-the-core-cast/id1432819542?mt=2

We're listed on Google Play - subscribe and review the podcast over there!
https://play.google.com/music/listen#/ps/Iih3vrijcro4yno3yrkeawnx6nu

We're on Stitcher Podcasts now, as well, so if you use that service, have a listen to the show from there!
https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/shoot-the-corecast

We have t-shirts! Help support the podcast, and rep the shmup community by buying a Shoot the Core-cast tee!
https://www.redbubble.com/people/jdieckmann/works/34582606-shoot-the-core-cast-podcast?asc=u&p=t-shirt

Here's the thread from the play-through:
http://www.rfgeneration.com/forum/index.php?topic=18934.0

Thanks for listening, and any feedback would be greatly appreciated!



Posted on Dec 20th 2018 at 08:00:00 AM by (MetalFRO)
Posted under Steel Empire, Shoot the Corecast, shooter, shooting game, STG, shoot em up, shmup, HOT B, Starfish, steampunk


Welcome to Episode 006 of Shoot the Core-cast! This time around, we take a good look at the HOT-B Sega Genesis classic, Steel Empire! We dive into the original game, and dissect the re-releases since then, talking about the changes, and getting into the game's steampunk world. MetalFRO and Addicted go into great detail about the game's history, talk strategy, share high scores from the month's participants, and discuss how this game has lived on since its initial release.

http://rfgeneration.com/podcasts/shmupclub/?name=2018-12-19_shoot_the_core-cast_episode_006_-_steel_empire.mp3

Check us out and subscribe (and rate!) on Apple Podcasts!
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/shoot-the-core-cast/id1432819542?mt=2

We're listed on Google Play - subscribe and review the podcast over there!
https://play.google.com/music/listen#/ps/Iih3vrijcro4yno3yrkeawnx6nu

We're on Stitcher Podcasts now, as well, so if you use that service, have a listen to the show from there!
https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/shoot-the-corecast

We have t-shirts! Help support the podcast, and rep the shmup community by buying a Shoot the Core-cast tee!
https://www.redbubble.com/people/jdieckmann/works/34582606-shoot-the-core-cast-podcast?asc=u&p=t-shirt

See all the discussion about Steel Empire, as well as participant high scores, in the discussion thread:
http://www.rfgeneration.com/forum/index.php?topic=18841.0



Posted on Oct 21st 2018 at 08:00:00 AM by (MetalFRO)
Posted under Shoot the Corecast, Shmup Club, shoot em up, shmup, doujin, freeware, PC gaming


Episode 04 of Shoot the Core-cast is online! MetalFRO and Addicted discuss the RF Generation Shmup Club game for September 2018; a lesser known Japanese doujin shmup called Warning Forever. This is a free to download PC game that is essentially a 25-stage boss rush. Have a listen, and see what we thought of it!
http://rfgeneration.com/p...de_04_warning_forever.mp3

ou can listen directly here on the site, or download the MP3 to listen to later:
http://www.rfgeneration.com/podcasts/shmupclub/

We're on Apple Podcasts (iTunes):
https://itunes.apple.com/...re-cast/id1432819542?mt=2

And we're also on Google Play!
https://partnerdash.googl...ied%253D1&a=781627472

We're now on Stitcher podcasts, as well!
https://www.stitcher.com/...odcast/shoot-the-corecast

Thanks so much for listening, and don't forget to subscribe on your favorite service!



Posted on Apr 28th 2018 at 08:00:00 AM by (MetalFRO)
Posted under Shmups, shoot em up, shmup, shooter game, monthly play through


Get ready to blast off and attack the evil Bydo empire!

Do you like shoot-em-up games? I do! I'm a long-time fan of the genre, and have spent the better part of the last 20 years, or so, collecting as many of them as I can. While I have played and enjoyed many of these games, I have never felt like I got full enjoyment out of them, because I haven't engaged with other players to talk strategy, compare scores, or revel in the games themselves at the level I would like to. Now's my chance! I'm starting a new monthly series here at RF Generation, where we can play and discuss classic scrolling shooter games!


Continue reading Shmup Fans Of RF Generation Unite!



Posted on Oct 7th 2015 at 08:00:00 AM by (MetalFRO)
Posted under Review, Game Boy, Game Boy Guru, Solar Striker, shmup


Image shamelessly linked from GameFAQs.
I love classic video game box art like this. It symbolizes
the imagination many artists put into the artwork. Imagination
that unfortunately, rarely ever captured the true look and
feel of the game. Still, it gave us hope of the contents within.

One of the video game genres that I've been a big fan of over the last 20 years or so is shoot-em-ups.  No, I'm not talking about "shooters", those fast-paced, first-person games where you brandish a firearm of some sort and snipe guys at 300 feet, reveling in every headshot.  I'm talking about the scrolling shooter, one of the staples of what we now know as classic, or "retro" gaming.  You see, from the early-mid 1980's, until around the mid-late 1990's, the scrolling shooter genre evolved tremendously, from humble beginnings like 1942, Vulgus, Star Force, and the like, to highly sophisticated games with deep, complex scoring systems like Battle Garegga, Dodonpachi, Radiant Silvergun, and many more.  While I appreciate the complexity and replayability of games like that, give me a simple "shmup" (a term, coined by Zzap!64 Magazine) with twitchy game play, a simple control scheme, and solid action any day.  While there's room in my heart for "danmaku" games (aka bullet curtain, or "bullet hell" shooters), I generally prefer classic shoot-em-ups to their more grown-up descendants.


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