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A pejorative term used to refer to video games deemed, by the user, as generic exercises in mindless action/shooting. Typically referring to a game of the FPS genre.

The capitalization and intentional misspelling of "game" attempt to mimic the crude online vernacular of the "typical" SHOOTAN GAEMer, assumed to be teenagers and those lacking in cognitive ability.

The phrase can also be altered and applied to other game genres, usually referencing the most most base, repetitive aspect of a genre's gameplay. A common example is "GRINDAN GAEM", applied to RPGs and MMOs, mocking the repetitive combat and level building, or "grinding", necessary for in-game advancement.

Originated on 4chan's /v/ (video game) image board.
"Why would I want an Xbox 360? All they release for that system are generic SHOOTAN GAEMS!"
by bubsyb August 23, 2007
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