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29th May '17 7:18:39 PM Willbyr
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Welcome to the future. It may come [[UsedFuture used]] or perhaps come standard with [[CrystalSpiresAndTogas shiny towers and crystals]], but, when it comes to warfare, there's one very good indication that your [[SpaceMarine Space Marines]] aren't just [[SuperSoldier Super Soldiers]] with assault rifles: they will instead wield something not unlike a large metallic brick.

Put simply, Our Weapons Will Be Boxy in the Future is the tendency for more "advanced" weapons in near-future and SciFi to be [[HandWave Handwaved]] as "more advanced" or made of exotic, lightweight materials and yet be large, clumsy, rectangular, boxy things much larger than modern-day arms. This is probably based on the fact that many modern weapons use molded plastics with rounded rectangular shapes and smooth curves. At the most exaggerated extent in fiction, guns resemble rectangular prisms and melee weapons tend towards square profiles and right angles.

The most recognizable of modern compact weapons (Steyr [=AUG=], FN P90, H&K G11, Glock in general) were given final form during TheEighties, when boxy, plasticky shapes and textures were the norm in industrial design, so they may look a bit [[{{Zeerust}} Zeerusty]] by the present day.

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Welcome to the future. It may come [[UsedFuture used]] {{used|Future}} or perhaps come standard with [[CrystalSpiresAndTogas shiny towers and crystals]], but, when it comes to warfare, there's one very good indication that your [[SpaceMarine Space Marines]] {{Space Marine}}s aren't just [[SuperSoldier Super Soldiers]] {{Super Soldier}}s with assault rifles: they will instead wield something not unlike a large metallic brick.

Put simply, Our Weapons Will Be Boxy in the Future is the tendency for more "advanced" weapons in near-future and SciFi to be [[HandWave Handwaved]] {{Handwave}}d as "more advanced" or made of exotic, lightweight materials and yet be large, clumsy, rectangular, boxy things much larger than modern-day arms. This is probably based on the fact that many modern weapons use molded plastics with rounded rectangular shapes and smooth curves. At the most exaggerated extent in fiction, guns resemble rectangular prisms and melee weapons tend towards square profiles and right angles.

The most recognizable of modern compact weapons (Steyr [=AUG=], FN P90, H&K G11, Glock in general) were given final form during TheEighties, when boxy, plasticky shapes and textures were the norm in industrial design, so they may look a bit [[{{Zeerust}} Zeerusty]] {{Zeerust}}y by the present day.






* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'': Even the lasgun used by the standard human soldiers of the Imperial Guard ranges, depending on depiction, from [[http://1d4chan.org/images/2/24/Glory.jpg fairly bulky]] to [[http://www.coolminiornot.com/pics/pics11/img4542c91f4e221.jpg hugely cumbersome.]] While the chunkiness fit the proportions of the miniatures, they don't get slimmed down for realistically-proportioned people in other artwork leading to people wielding bricks with magazines as pistols. Notables include:
** The Imperium's [[{{BFG}} Bolters]], [[http://images.wikia.com/warhammer40k/images/1/15/Standard_Bolter.png boxy,]] huge weapons firing rocket-assisted armor-piercing explosive rounds. The [[http://wh40k.lexicanum.com/wiki/Shotgun shotgun]] is even more rectangular. [[SmashMook Ogryn]] Ripper Guns ''need'' to be big and metallic, as they are designed to withstand [[PistolWhipping their users wielding them as clubs]].
** Extends to Imperial tanks too. Just look at [[http://www.games-workshop.com/MEDIA_CustomProductCatalog/m1252439_99120101017_SMRhinomain_873x627.jpg the Rhino APC,]] which fans of the franchise have dubbed "[[MemeticMutation Metal Bawkeses]]" in honor of [[VideoGame/DawnOfWar Chaos Lord Carron]].

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'': Even ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'':
** Because of
the limitations on humanity's technological capabilities, durability and ease of manufacture and repair are prioritized over aesthetics, and so a ''lot'' of Imperial weapons and vehicles are boxy and bulky.
*** The
lasgun used by the standard human soldiers of the Imperial Guard ranges, depending on depiction, from [[http://1d4chan.org/images/2/24/Glory.jpg fairly bulky]] to [[http://www.coolminiornot.com/pics/pics11/img4542c91f4e221.jpg hugely cumbersome.]] cumbersome]]. While the chunkiness fit fits the proportions of the miniatures, they don't get slimmed down for realistically-proportioned people in other artwork leading to people wielding bricks with magazines as pistols. Notables include:
** The Imperium's [[{{BFG}} Bolters]], [[http://images.wikia.com/warhammer40k/images/1/15/Standard_Bolter.png boxy,]] huge weapons firing rocket-assisted armor-piercing explosive rounds.
pistols. The [[http://wh40k.lexicanum.com/wiki/Shotgun shotgun]] is even more rectangular. [[SmashMook Ogryn]] Ripper Guns ''need'' to be big and metallic, as they are designed to withstand [[PistolWhipping their users wielding them as clubs]].
** The [[{{BFG}} Bolters]] used by the Space Marines are [[http://images.wikia.com/warhammer40k/images/1/15/Standard_Bolter.png boxy]] huge weapons firing rocket-assisted armor-piercing explosive rounds.
** Extends to Imperial tanks too. Just look at [[http://www.games-workshop.com/MEDIA_CustomProductCatalog/m1252439_99120101017_SMRhinomain_873x627.tanks, too, with the most iconic being the [[https://www.spikeybits.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/RhinoMin-1.jpg the Rhino APC,]] APC]], which fans of the franchise have dubbed "[[MemeticMutation Metal Bawkeses]]" in honor of [[VideoGame/DawnOfWar Chaos Lord Carron]].Carron]] and which all Space Marine tanks are variants of with the exception of the [[https://1d4chan.org/images/thumb/3/3b/RaiderPrometheus.jpg/400px-RaiderPrometheus.jpg Land Raider]].



** Averted with the [[OurElvesAreBetter Eldar]]. Most, if not all of their weapons have [[TheAestheticsOfTechnology sleek, organic appearances]] in comparison to the other races.

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** Averted with the [[OurElvesAreBetter Eldar]]. Most, if not all of their weapons have [[TheAestheticsOfTechnology sleek, organic appearances]] in comparison to the other races.races, mainly because they aren't manufactured in factories but essentially handcrafted by artisans.
21st May '17 11:26:42 AM DoktorSoviet
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* ''VideoGame/Fallout2'' has a weapon called the Plasma Caster, which is basically just one gigantic box with a futuristic barrel slapped on the end.
14th May '17 5:01:44 PM nombretomado
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* ''{{Traveller}}'' features a blend of modern and futuristic-looking (the latter occasionally boxy) slug-throwers. And many laser weapons are even bulkier than 40K weapons, of course, weight is one of the balance factors for energy weapons in the game (laser rifles weigh twice as much as modern assault rifles).

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* ''{{Traveller}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{Traveller}}'' features a blend of modern and futuristic-looking (the latter occasionally boxy) slug-throwers. And many laser weapons are even bulkier than 40K weapons, of course, weight is one of the balance factors for energy weapons in the game (laser rifles weigh twice as much as modern assault rifles).
14th May '17 10:28:11 AM nombretomado
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[[quoteright:350:[[Franchise/StarCraft http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/C-14GaussRifle_SC2_Art1.jpeg]]]]

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* As seen above, ''Franchise/StarCraft''. The Gauss Rifle used by the [[SpaceMarine marines]] is somewhat of a {{BFG}}, but especially in its updated incarnation, is almost a perfect rectangle. It makes sense since Terran PowerArmor is equally huge and isn't good at delicate hand movements. Oddly, however, the gauss rifle can be effectively wielded without wearing PoweredArmor. Somewhat averted, however, with Ghost gauss rifles, which are much smaller and resemble much more large-bore modern assault rifles.

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* As seen above, ''Franchise/StarCraft''.''VideoGame/StarCraft''. The Gauss Rifle used by the [[SpaceMarine marines]] is somewhat of a {{BFG}}, but especially in its updated incarnation, is almost a perfect rectangle. It makes sense since Terran PowerArmor is equally huge and isn't good at delicate hand movements. Oddly, however, the gauss rifle can be effectively wielded without wearing PoweredArmor. Somewhat averted, however, with Ghost gauss rifles, which are much smaller and resemble much more large-bore modern assault rifles.
9th May '17 9:26:28 AM Saber15
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* In ''Videogame/EYEDivineCybermancy'', the vast majority of weapons are boxy, with the exception of the [[AKA47 totally-not-a-FN F200]] Tyroll [=S6000=] and Spiculum Ovum grenade launcher. The HS [=010=] sub machine gun takes this to its logical conclusion, with a box receiver, box pistol grip, and box magazine. The only curves are on the grips, and the barrel itself.
12th Apr '17 1:57:31 PM DoctorDetective
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** The other ballistic guns run the gamut of real-world designs and horrible, eye raping 'futuristic' designs, namely the 10mm Pistol and SMG, both of which look horribly out of place in New Vegas, which every other gun is based off of a real world firearm from the later 19th to the later 20th Centuries.
** ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'' introduces [[https://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/fallout/images/d/dd/FO4_Ported_assault_rifle.png/revision/latest?cb=20170112023257 this ungodly abomination]]. Keep in mind this is supposed to be a basic ''assault rifle!''

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** The other ballistic guns run the gamut of real-world designs and horrible, eye raping 'futuristic' designs, namely the 10mm Pistol and SMG, both of which look horribly out of place in New Vegas, which every other gun is based off of a real world firearm from the later 19th to the later 20th Centuries.
** ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'' introduces [[https://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/fallout/images/d/dd/FO4_Ported_assault_rifle.png/revision/latest?cb=20170112023257 this ungodly abomination]].monster]]. Keep in mind this is supposed to be a basic ''assault rifle!''
11th Apr '17 3:05:06 AM LordAndrew
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** The other ballistic guns run the gamut of real-world designs and horrible, eye raping 'futuristic' designs, namely the 10mm Pistol and SMG, both of which look horribly out of place in New Vegas, which every other gun is based off of a real world firearm.

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** The other ballistic guns run the gamut of real-world designs and horrible, eye raping 'futuristic' designs, namely the 10mm Pistol and SMG, both of which look horribly out of place in New Vegas, which every other gun is based off of a real world firearm.firearm from the later 19th to the later 20th Centuries.
11th Apr '17 3:00:05 AM LordAndrew
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** ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'' introduces [[https://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/fallout/images/d/dd/FO4_Ported_assault_rifle.png/revision/latest?cb=20170112023257 this ungodly abomination]].

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** ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'' introduces [[https://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/fallout/images/d/dd/FO4_Ported_assault_rifle.png/revision/latest?cb=20170112023257 this ungodly abomination]]. Keep in mind this is supposed to be a basic ''assault rifle!''
11th Apr '17 2:57:02 AM LordAndrew
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** ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'' introduces []https://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/fallout/images/d/dd/FO4_Ported_assault_rifle.png/revision/latest?cb=20170112023257 this ungodly abomination]].

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** ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'' introduces []https://vignette1.[[https://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/fallout/images/d/dd/FO4_Ported_assault_rifle.png/revision/latest?cb=20170112023257 this ungodly abomination]].
11th Apr '17 2:56:31 AM LordAndrew
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**The other ballistic guns run the gamut of real-world designs and horrible, eye raping 'futuristic' designs, namely the 10mm Pistol and SMG, both of which look horribly out of place in New Vegas, which every other gun is based off of a real world firearm.
** ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'' introduces []https://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/fallout/images/d/dd/FO4_Ported_assault_rifle.png/revision/latest?cb=20170112023257 this ungodly abomination]].
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