How Games Get Shotguns Wrong


From DOOM’s iconic Super Shotgun through to Gears of War’s Gnasher, the shotgun is one of the most popular and versatile weapons in video games – a trusty firearm that packs a devastating punch, particularly in close encounters. But the gaming shotgun that we’ve come to know and love takes a fair few liberties from its real world counterpart.

Dave Jewitt
Adam Mason
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Chris Morris

In this episode of Loadout, Dave Jewitt visits the Royal Armouries to talk to Keeper of Firearms & Artillery Jonathan Ferguson, to chart the vast differences between real shotguns and their gaming counterparts.

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You can check out our Firearms Expert Reacts series here. –

If you’re interested in seeing more of Jonathan’s work, you can check out more from the Royal Armouries right here. –

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Dave Jewitt takes a closer look at the iconic weapons and tools that have shared the spotlight as part of our favourite games and movies.

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