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A History of the Side-Scrolling Beat-‘Em-Up – Part 1: A History of Violence

Hammer time

It can be easy for some gamers to write off the side-scrolling beat-‘em-up genre as shallow and repetitive, especially when taking into account how the medium of video games has evolved and matured over the past two decades, but this is doing the genre a disservice.

    Side-scrolling beat-‘em-ups have actually taught us some interesting and valuable things, such as how breaking open a metal bin or a wooden barrel or crate can potentially reveal a delicious whole roast chicken or some similar food hiding within, and how eating such hidden food (well, more “absorbing” than eating) can instantly heal you no matter how badly you’ve been beaten, stabbed, burned, and generally battered.

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