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The Revival of the So-Called ‘Boomer Shooter’ – Extra Punctuation

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This week on Extra Punctuation, Yahtzee explores the appeal of the so-called “boomer shooter” style of FPS and its ongoing renaissance.

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The term “boomer shooter” refers to retro first person shooters, such as those that were coming out during the era of first generation 3D graphics in the mid to late 90s. The genre is currently enjoying a nostalgic revival on Steam marked by the release of a small handful of retro styled indie FPSes such as Dusk, Ion Fury, and Amid Evil. And Ultrakill, Project Warlock, Nightmare Reaper, WRATH: Aeon of Ruin, Prodeus, and Hedon. And HROT, Blood West, Dread Templar, Viscerafest, Forgive me Father, Golden Light, Postal Brain Damaged, Superhot, Berserk Mode, and Turbo Overkill. And Selaco, Extraneum, Beyond Sunset, Graven and Strafe. Oh wait, should we be counting the remasters, as well? Blood: Fresh Supply, Powerslave Exhumed, Duke Nukem 3D 20th Anniversary – oh you get the point. There’s a lot of it about, madam.

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Yahtzee Croshaw
Yahtzee is the Escapist’s longest standing talent, having been writing and producing its award winning flagship series, Zero Punctuation, since 2007. Before that he had a smattering of writing credits on various sites and print magazines, and has almost two decades of experience in game journalism as well as a lifelong interest in video games as an artistic medium, especially narrative-focused. He also has a foot in solo game development - he was a big figure in the indie adventure game scene in the early 2000s - and writes novels. He has six novels published at time of writing with a seventh on the way, all in the genres of comedic sci-fi and urban fantasy. He was born in the UK, emigrated to Australia in 2003, and emigrated again to California in 2016, where he lives with his wife and daughters. His hobbies include walking the dog and emigrating to places.