What makes shooting games so fun to play? Like many other types of flash arcade games, shooting games provide an entertaining way to spend a few minutes or a few hours depending on one's time availability. But the attractiveness of this type of arcade game is its relative simplicity compared with other types of games that require the completion of multiple objectives to achieve success in the game. The basic concept is fairly simple: aim and fire. This basic action tests the ability to synchronize hand and eye movement to hit what you see. While simply hitting the target can give a player a wonderful sense of accomplishment, it is the testing of skill that most players continuously seek. This type of short duration skill testing is perfect for situations where one needs a quick mental 'pick-up'.
If one only has a short period of time for recreation, engaging in a game that requires a long time commitment is not ideal. But in a shooting game, the objective is fairly simple and the feedback is immediate. The play knows almost the moment he 'fires' his weapon when he realized his objective! This type of quick feedback can provide mental stimulation and feelings of accomplishment which help to reinforce the need for further play and enjoyment.
There are many type of shooting games and are divided into themes. The earliest games to be developed for arcade play replicated combat and completing missions that involved hitting a certain number of targets. However, as technology and culture has evolved, many new types of games based around shooting have become popular. For instance, zombie games have become extremely popular as the cultural fascination with mythical creatures wove its way into the usual pass-time of simulated shooting games. Also, popular are movie themed missions that involve a heavy dose of shooting to accomplish more complex missions.
As the popularity of shooting games increased, games involving multiple types of aiming arose. What is more fun that shooting from the ground? Shooting while driving or flying! Controlling both a weapon and a vehicle heightens the thrill as the level of skill that a player requires is greater and therefore accomplishing the mission means that the player has master a greater level of skill. Many players play the same game repeatedly and find new challenges with each level through which they progress. Ultimately, the skill gained (and the fun they had) and not necessarily the victory that matters most for serious players.