Cave shmups are coming to Steam

Mushiblahblah shmup thing

Shmup, in videogame parlance, is an abbreviation of shoot 'em up. Bullet hell is a shmup sub-genre in which the screen is filled with a ridiculous amount of enemy projectiles flying every-which-way. And finally, Cave, according to Wikipedia, is "one of the most active makers of arcade shoot-em-ups in the Japanese market." I tell you all of this because the website at indicates that at least some of its games are on their way to Steam.

"Steam can't dodge these bullets," the site says in a brief message below the Cave and Steam logos. "Winter 2015." There's no mention of which games in particular are making the move, but PCGamesN notes that the purple stuff on the borders of the site is very reminiscent of Mushihimesama, which is apparently one of Cave's better-known games. The Cave Shmups site also offers a sign-up option for email notifications of future announcements.

I don't play shoot-em-ups myself, but I did very much enjoy Shoot Em Up, a silly, fun movie starring Clive Owen and Paul Giamatti. It's not relevant to the videogame genre in any way whatsoever, but it's a solid choice if you're looking for something to watch this weekend.

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.