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Old 23 September 2016, 01:07   #1
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Does this thing have a name?



You'll find them in many side-scrolling shoot 'em up games, but do they actually have a common name? POD? SAT? Gizmo?
 
Old 23 September 2016, 01:13   #2
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Old 23 September 2016, 01:13   #3
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Yes, some kind of Pod. In R-Type it's called "the Force". The Z-out it's a "Drone".

http://rtype.wikia.com/wiki/Force

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Old 23 September 2016, 01:29   #4
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Yes, some kind of Pod. In R-Type it's called "the Force". The Z-out it's a "Drone".

http://rtype.wikia.com/wiki/Force
Thanks! In the article above, they also mention that even though the technical name (in "R-Type") is The Force, it's also been referred to as Force Pod, and Power Pod, so I guess pod is what most people call them ...
 
Old 23 September 2016, 01:55   #5
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Gradius calls that sort of thing an "Option", although options tend to trail behind the player instead of sitting in front of you blocking bullets
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I have nothing useful to add. I just wanted to say nice job pointing out exactly what you were referring to. That's genius!
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Old 23 September 2016, 12:58   #7
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For shmups enthusiasts, this is called " Pod ", while "Force" is acceptable because of R-Type. But it's usually "Pod" indeed.

The Shmups glossary on the shmups.com forum is offline for some reason, but that's how this is explained there.

an "Option" or a "Multiple" like the Gradius/Nemesis series is different, it doesn't attach to your ship and usually doesn't absorb bullets. Multiple its accepted because thats how Nemesis ( USA/PAL version of Gradius) calls it. But most people refer to it as Option indeed. You also usually can have only 1 pod at time while you may have lots of options.

Last Resort (an arcade gamy by SNK) for example has a POD you can move around, but you can also fix it in a position and it does absorb bullet. Since you can only have one and it does absorb bullets, it's a POD, not an OPTION.

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Old 24 September 2016, 21:00   #9
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What about the ones that are sort of attached to the side? On R-Type they are called BIT I think. They absorb bullets and also shoot them.
(I Know, I should know this as I am one of the shmups.com people, but go on, pitchfork me . I'll look into the glossary being offline btw)
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What about the ones that are sort of attached to the side? On R-Type they are called BIT I think. They absorb bullets and also shoot them.
That's a good point; I'd say "orbs"
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Orb is something that orbits you, isn't it? Like in Cybenoid or Cybernetix.
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Yeah maybe... Orb / sphere whatever

...according to the interweb definitions:

Orb:
a spherical object or shape.

Sphere:
a round solid figure, or its surface, with every point on its surface equidistant from its centre.
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