Yea. I've just recently aquired a new gaming binge (I get these every couple months, as you get to know me). I am hooked on Shoot-Em-Ups, a genre that has predated most others.
Game such as Defender and Space Invaders created the genre, while titles such as Xevious, and Gradius helped perfect it. These games are fast, and extremely fun (while have a certain addictive quality XD).
I'll cover some games more after I finished playing a bit.
A nice documentation of the history of SHMUPS can be seen here, via youtube.
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7Xynotmw9o In French, with English Subtitles.