Today shooters seem to be the most popular genre, with games like Halo, Call of Duty and Resistance. For a genre that is newer then the Puzzle,RPG and Platformer. With Games shrouded in the "HATE" some Politicians gear towards, without Shooters, Video Games may have not been hated. But they probally wouldn't be as popular.
Lets go back in time.....
The first time Wolfenstein 3D was released was 1992. Back then, alot of people where playing the NES, the new release of the Genesis and SNES where just coming there way and the future of gaming was getting slicker and shinnier. Unfournutley, my parents married at this time and I wasn't born to see those days my first game being Goldeneye 007. It didn't get its sucess, and not enough people where out there to Bash the Heads of Nazis. A new game under the name Wolfenstein is coming soon, if its any good. We don't know yet.
Doom first releashed in 1993, a year after the Wolfenstein 3D. This game actually got sucess and is loved by many. So basically you where on Mars. Thought you where gonna kill aliens, unforuntley some creatures from Hell come along and stir up a little fight. The game became Popular, the military started using it for training soldiers to clear out rooms. My dad even played it in his office at work (intill later caught, as he crushed the Spider Mastermind). Some people blame Doom for cuasing the Colombine School Massacre and preety much every school massacre since. Can't they just LEAVE US ALONE! Dang wheres Chris Crocker to say LEAVE THEM ALONE! Doom preety much paved the way for Shooters, most of them where just Doom clones intill some more Orginal People showed up.
Quake the third game on my list of id Software games, yes all of my listed games are from ID software. They also made games called Commander Keen and Rage, Commander Keen although was not a shooter and instead a Platformer.
Duke Nukem 3D:
Blamed for murder and pornograpic material, its a game made by a diffrent company 3D Realms. They've made alot of games, too much to make a list for atleast. So I'll leave it at that, apparently there first game was about the Titanic, what game could do that all you need to say: The End, most people died and a few got away HappY?
GoldenEye007 is a legendary game, and being James Bond doesn't hurt. The theme song bounces into my head and memories of being a little kid come back to me, oh and the Big Head Midget cheat...
Later Games and Beyond:
Games like Halo and Medal of Honor hit the scene, soon after Call of Duty. In more recent times Resistance,Rainbow Six and 3rd Person Gears of War. As the game industry goes up, and Casual Gamers appear. The future of the shooter is the point between Hardcore and Casual, fun and action packed, and cross-genre shooters like Bioshock apear. The game industry goes up, it seems like Shooters are up there with Platformers,Puzzles and RPGS.