There’s a lot of different terms for video game genres that are often thrown around through ubiquity and then discarded shortly after. I can recall a time when games like R-Type and Gradius were referred to as shooters.

Such a sweeter innocent time it was.

Recently there’s been resurgence of another type of game known as the beat-em up or arcade brawler. Now, you would think that of all the genres to die with arcades that it would be the great quarter (and sometimes dollar) drinker, the beat-em up genre. Which I’ll call brawler from here on out.

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