The first-person shooters from the 90s possessed a unique allure, with titles such as Quake, Doom, Wolfenstein, Half-Life, Unreal, and Duke Nukem leading the charge. As the genre matured, the original fans—who later became humorously called "boomers"—grew older. Recently, nostalgia for this classic gaming era has surged, giving rise to a genre nostalgically called "boomer shooters."
These games seek to capture and replicate the essence of those iconic 90s shooters. The term has gained official recognition on Steam, where the Boomer Shooter tag can be used to discover modern homages to retro shooting games like Dusk, Turbo Overkill, Warhammer 40,000: Boltgun, Ion Fury, and Proteus.