"The TMP is actually an MP9. We incorrectly labelled it as such when the weapon was being modeled, and some gun-nerd got pissed off about it. So we kept it known as a TMP."In some computer games and RPGs, you get real guns with fake names. They have the appearance and the characteristics of the real gun, but not the name. The reason appears to be avoiding potential lawsuits from the manufacturers of said firearms; it's a lot easier to prove a trademark infringement over a name than over the unique likeness of a weapon, and many companies haven't trademarked the latter anyway. There's also the issue of editorial control; much as car companies used to dictate that vehicles in videogames could not be shown crashing or being damaged (they just hit things and stopped), gun companies could potentially demand their weapons only be shown in certain situations as a requirement for inclusion of their trademarks. Oddly, this often happens even with guns with which trademark issues wouldn't be relevant, whether because they're so old that trademarks have lapsed or because their developers went out of business. In more recent times, the likenesses of firearms have also been subject to this trope as well. In these cases it is likely done out of concern that the higher level of graphical detail that modern computer games are capable of, and the fact that firearms manufacturers have gotten more protective of the likenesses of their products, could result in legal action being taken against the virtual recreation of real firearms. So some have chosen to sidestep any possible issues by applying this to visual designs as well as names. Often this is done by merging visual elements of several real-life firearmsnote or by fictionalizing the appearance through other means. In any case, the statistical behavior of these fictionalized guns are often still closely modeled after real ones. A subtrope of Bland-Name Product. Compare Improperly Placed Firearms. Often avoided by setting games in World War II or earlier, since most trademarks associated with weapon names from that period have long since lapsed. Can often overlap with Misidentified Weapons.
— James, developer of Cry of Fear
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- Counter-Strike, for almost every gun (the MAC-10 is the only real exception, as its designers had gone bankrupt long before CS existed); the real names can be found if you look at the console, though. Also, there's a patch that replaces the fake names with the actual names; the "Maverick Carbine", for example, becomes the "Colt M4A1". Interestingly enough, the real names were used in the Half-Life mod version, but not the retail stand-alone product. Probably a key difference is that the mod was free, but the retail Counter-Strike wasn't.
- Mostly averted in Global Offensive. Most guns are called by their actual names (although without the weapon manufacturers), with the exceptions of the Mk. 18 Mod 0 (which is the "M4A4", a series number for the M4 carbine that doesn't exist), sawed-off Remington 870 (simply the "Sawed-Off Shotgun"), the Taser (the "Zeus x27", as Taser is a brand-name), the AWP (it's actually an Arctic Warfare Magnum — the "AWP" moniker comes from the old days of HLCS and refers to the Arctic Warfare Police model) and the FN SSR (the SCAR-20, combining the name of its parent firearm and its US military designation of Mk. 20).
- GoldenEye (1997) (and most other James Bond games for that matter) have this; example: "RC-P90" for the FN Herstal P90. The "Klobb" was based on the Škorpion vz. 61.
- In all of the EA 007 games they used fake names that were ridiculously close to the real ones, particularly the "Wolfram P2K" (for the Walther PPK or P99), with weapons that share manufacturers in the real world sharing fake ones in the game (H&K weapons were all labeled "Deutsche" in The World Is Not Enough and Nightfire, or "Koffler & Stock" in Agent Under Fire). The Desert Eagle was also a frequent offender, as even between two different versions of the same game it was given a different name - it was the "IAC Defender" in the PS1 version of the World is Not Enough game, and the "Raptor Magnum" in the N64 version.
- Averted in Everything or Nothing, as all the guns have their real names (i.e. P99 instead of P2K).
- Interesting variation in Quantum of Solace: The Walther guns, the P99 and WA2000, keep their original names due to an endorsement deal between Walther Arms and the Bond films, as does the M14 for some reason. Most of the rest of the guns in the game are named in the form of Continuity Nods to previous Bond films - the Glocks are the GF17/GF18, the M1911 is the CR1911, the M4 is the TND-16, the AKS-74U is the FRWL, and the M60 is the [[Film/Octopussy 8-CAT]]. And, strangely enough, the Dragunov is called the V-TAK in singleplayer, but in multiplayer is referred to as the WA2000. More here.
- GoldenEye Wii kinda zigzags with this trope; as with the above, the P99 and WA2000 keep their real names, as does the AK-47, but every single other gun has almost entirely made up names, like the SCAR being the "Kallos-TT9", and the M4 as the "Terralite III", the MP5 and MP5k being respectively the "Sigmus 9" and "Sigmus", the USAS-12 being the "Masterton M-557", etc.
- The follow up game, 007 Legends, uses the same naming scheme as the GoldenEye remake - the P99, WA2000, and AK retain their names, all the guns returning from GoldenEye keep the fake names they had their, while all the new guns - even Walther's older PPK - have new fake names like the "STK-21 Commando" (AUG), "Tec-Fire RF30" (Kel-Tec PMR-30), "Faroh M55" (M14), and, as a Call-Back to classic GoldenEye, the "KL-033 Mk 2" (Skorpion).
- Perfect Dark mostly avoided this by using made-up weapons from the future (one of which is RoboCop's sidearm under a different name), with only a few recognizable real-world weapons like the Colt Double Eagle (as the Falcon 2) and the Steyr TMP (as the CMP-150). Confusingly, one Cheat Code let you use weapons from its spiritual precursor GoldenEye, which had their names changed again for legal reasons.
- Perfect Dark Zero flips things around, with fewer totally-fictional sci-fi guns and more real-world ones with new names, such as the P9-P (Walther P99), DW-P5 (H&K MP5), the new (old?) Superdragon (modified H&K G36K with an AG36 grenade launcher), and FAC-16 (Colt Model 727 with M203 grenade launcher). Oddly, the M60 machine gun keeps its real-life name (alongside the ability to launch caltrops).
- Soldier of Fortune used lots of obvious real-world guns that were given either flatly descriptive names (such as calling what is clearly a SPAS-12 simply the "shotgun") or fake ones, such as "Silver Talon" in lieu of Desert Eagle.
- Soldier of Fortune 2 featured real-life gun names, but the Gold Edition brought back favorites like 1's Silver Talon.
- Soldier of Fortune: Payback uses a mix of real names, calibers, and fake names for its guns. For example, the M16 is referred to as such, but the Desert Eagle is simply a ".50AE", and the FN SCARs are now the TCW-L and TCW-H.
- The TimeSplitters series uses both AKA 47 names and real gun names in about equal measure. You can shoot someone with a Luger pistol in Time Splitters 2, but the AK-47 is referred to as the "Soviet S-47". In TimeSplitters: Future Perfect, they drop the real names — the Lugers are Krugers, and the S-47 is the Soviet Rifle. Most of the weapons have generic names — Shotgun, Pistol 9mm, etc.
- S.T.A.L.K.E.R. has a variety of weapons, ranging from semi-antique to state-of-the-art, which are given obscure alternate names, though they exist in real life (for the most part). Examples: the AK-74 becomes the "AKM-74/2", the AKs-74u is the "AKM-74/2U", the AN-94 Abakan is the "Obokan" or the "AC-96/2", the Franchi SPAS-12 is the "SPSA14", and so on. Originally, all weapons were intended to have accurate names and this is reflected in the files and textures (sans Shadow of Chernobyl, which has genericized textures), and certain mods restore themnote .
- Curiously inverted at times in Black - while all the gun names are real, many of the models are heavily modified to the point that they may not be able to fire at all in the real world (the Uzi with two charging handles is particularly infamous). The Glock is one of the more notable exceptions, for licensing reasons.note
- No One Lives Forever uses this, with the exception of M79 grenade launcher and AK-47. What's most puzzling, the Dragunov sniper rifle is referred to as the "Geldmacher SVD", where just "SVD" would suffice (like in the "Klobb" case for GoldenEye, it was named after a dev team member). Same goes for the sequel.
- Far Cry:
- The original game zigzags with this trope. About half the weapons in the game avert this - the MP5, P90, OICW and Jackhammer go by their real names. Others go for generic names - the Accuracy International is simply the "Sniper Rifle", the M249 the "Machine Gun", and the fictional, M202-inspired rocket launcher is the "Rocket Launcher" (in the Classic Updated Re-release, the rocket launcher is instead the "RLX-9157", after text printed on the original game's model). A few more go for almost-correct names, such as the Colt Model 727 referred to as the newer M4, and the G36 with AG36 grenade launcher named after the launcher rather than the rifle. The only fictional name is the Desert Eagle, here called the "Falcon 357".
- Far Cry 2 plays with this. It mostly gives its weapons real names (with the exception of a Desert Eagle called the "Eagle.50", and the Ithaca the "Homeland 37"; there are also some misidentified weapons, like the FAL referred to as the shorter, folding-stock Paratrooper model, and an M16-inspired conglomerate named after an obscure 7.62mm predecessor to the AR-18), but the manufacturer names are generally not the real-life makers of each gun. Some are marked as having been made by "Precision Armaments", a corporation known for making cheap knock-offs, possibly explaining their ridiculous rate of wear.
- Far Cry 3 and 4, on the other hand, generally go for names that are either close to but not quite their real names, or lesser-known/rarely-used names for the gun. The M1A SOCOM 16 and FAMAS F1 are cut down to "MS16" and "F1", the "AK-47" is actually a modified AK-103, the "A52" in 4 is actually the Galil ACE 53 (in 3 it was simply the "ACE"), and the SG 553 goes by its larger brother's Swiss military designation of "STG-90"; a couple go for simply excising the manufacturer's name, like the TDI Vector, Remington Model 700, and Patriot Ordnance Factory P416. The only flat-out fake name that's not a nickname attached to a Signature weapon is the "MKG", a custom M249.
- Zig-zagged by the Left 4 Dead franchise. The first of the series uses vague and ambiguous names for all its weapons, such as "Hunting Rifle" (a Ruger Mini-14) and "Auto Shotgun" (Benelli M4), even though they clearly are modeled after real-life firearms. The second game and DLC introduces a few correctly named guns, but still insists on using nondescriptive names for the others (and, for that matter, on their textures).
- Brink has some guns that are obvious expies of real weapons. For example, the Colt M1911 is renamed the 'Kalt', Steyr TMP is 'Tampa', and Knight's Armament ChainSAW is 'Chinzor'. Others have names based after real weapons, but more closely resemble other guns. The 'FRKN-3K' appears to be named after the FN-2000, but more closely resembles the FAMAS, while the 'Sea Eagle' is named after the Desert Eagle, but modeled on the Smith & Wesson Sigma auto-pistol. Others have pun-based names, like the SIG AR 'Rhett'. Some reference pop culture, like a revolver named 'Ritchie' after Revolver's director, Guy Ritchie. The others reference the inventors of their real-world counterparts or features of their design, like Eugene Stoner's Armalite AR-15 named 'Euston', and a gatling gun named 'Gottlung'.
- Done in the Ballistic Weapons mod for Unreal Tournament 2004: the occasional real-world firearm is in the mod, under a name that may or may not be similar to its actual name — an M4 with grenade launcher named the "M50", for example.
- A form in the Rainbow Six games — while the weapons' model names/numbers are kept, as of Rogue Spear's "Black Arrow" expansion, references to their manufacturers are removed (with the exception of some logos on the guns themselves). The sole exception is the Five-Seven in Rainbow Six 3, which (along with featuring an external hammer the real gun doesn't have) is called the "AP Army". The XM8 in the Vegas games also dropped the X from its name, implying it was successfully adopted in the Rainbow Six universe.
- In First Encounter Assault Recon, several guns are renamed and often modified versions of real firearms: the G2A2 is a fully automatic lookalike of the H&K SL8 (a semi-automatic sporting rifle) with an M14 rear sight, the RPL is a combination of the MP5A3 and the Special Weapons MP10, the SM15 is based on the OA-93, the AT-14 is a USP40 with a bigger magazine, the VK-12 is more or less identical to the SPAS-12, and the ASP rifle is a re-chambered carbon copy of the TAR-21. The games go a step further and give the guns their own in-universe manufacturers, with names that are very distinct from their real life ones* . F.E.A.R. 2 continues this - in particular, its "Seegert ACM46" pistol is yet another USP - but its multiplayer also had an example similar to the above-mentioned GoldenEye guns in Perfect Dark, where the ASP rifle returned, unchanged except for a smaller magazine capacity and a semi-auto mode, as the "Kohler & Boch IDW-15 Semi-Auto Rifle".
- Inverted in F.3.A.R. - the successor to the above G2A2 and ASP is given the name "G3A3", but it is not at all related to the Heckler & Koch gun by the same name, instead sharing design details with the Bushmaster ACR and TDI Vector.
- Most Call of Duty games avert this trope, other than replacing the small print on the guns themselves with more self-referential text (such as Modern Warfare 2's Colt Python having "BRAD ALLENCONDA", a reference to one of the people who modeled the in-game version, written on its barrel), and an insistence on referring to revolvers generically by the bullet they fire (e.g. World at War's S&W Model 27 is the ".357 Magnum", and Modern Warfare 2 and 3 have the aforementioned Python as the ".44 Magnum"). Black Ops 2, however, is a partial exception; several of the guns in the game are real weapons and known by either their real names or variations thereof, others are Perfect Dark-like "futurised" versions with made-up names. The TDI Kard pistol is given a full-auto mode and called the "KAP-40", the Jian She Type-05 is given an FMG-9-like railed carry handle/flashlight and called the "Chicom CQB", and the ubiquitous XM8 was also given rails and called the "M8A1".note
- The first Call of Duty: Black Ops had some weapon-renaming going on already, once inexplicably (the Beretta 682 referred to as the "Olympia", a similar weapon from a different company), and twice for intimidation value (the handheld M134 Minigun as the "Death Machine" and the M202 FLASH as the "Grim Reaper"; notably however, characters will still refer to the latter by its real name in singleplayer mode). Black Ops II keeps some of the intimidating names, like the GAU-19/A being the new "Death Machine" and an M32 revolver-grenade launcher as the "War Machine".
- The Battlefield series tends to avoid this trope, going so far as to use transliterated names like "SVU Snaiperskaya" in Battlefield: Bad Company 2.
- Battlefield 3 does get inventive with abbreviations such as "ACW-R" and "PDW-R" for the Magpul/Bushmaster ACR and PDR, and "M5K" for the Heckler & Koch MP5 Kurz.
- Battlefield 4 also renames certain weapons such as the SRR-61 (M200 Chyetec Intervention* ), the DAO-12 (Armsel Striker, the weapon being a recurring one across the series going by that name), JS2 (Jian-She Type-05) and the AWS (Ares Shrike), while also shortening abbreviations like the AR-160 (Beretta ARX-160), the U100 MK 5 (Ultimax 100 Mark 5) and the Groza-4 and -1 (OTs-14-4A and OTs-14-4A-03 Groza respectively).
- The Dragon's Teeth DLC for Battlefield 4 adds the Desert Eagle, referred to in game as the "Deagle 44". Still sounds better than "Bald Eagle".
- Even Battlefield 1 has some examples, most glaringly the Browining Auto 5, referred to in game as the "12g Automatic".
- In Crysis the Korean FY-71 is a reference to the family of painfully-obvious AK-47 knockoffs produced by countries like China; in this case, though, the FY-71 is an obvious knockoff of the Russian AK-74M reverse-engineered by a fictional North Korean arms manufacturer called Bauer & Kopka (whose name likewise is a parody of the real life German arms manufacturer Heckler & Koch). To a lesser extent we also have the FELINE, which smacks more than a little of the similarly-named FELIN version of the FAMAS.
- Subverted by the SCAR and SCARAB, which are not references to the FN SCAR but rather intended to be Original Generation guns which combine design elements from the prototype SCAR and the XM8 into a unique weapon system.
- In PAYDAY 2... pretty much every gun. A specific example would be the Thompson Submachine Gun, renamed as the Chicago Typewriter. A fair few go for extended or translated versions of their real names - the G3 is the "Gewehr 3", the AUG is the "UAR"note , and the M249 and FN MAG are the "KSP" and "Ksp 58"note . There's also the rare weapon that isn't renamed, like the RPK.
- Special mention goes to Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3, which has an actual "AKA-47". Unsurprisingly, all the other weapons are given fake names too (Colt M1911 - "M1984", Beretta M9 - "Garret M9", etc.).
- Entropia Universe, despite being set far in the future, provides players with guns made by Meckel & Loch (a play on Heckler and Koch) and Starkhov (the Starkhov rifles are even clearly patterned after the AK-47 and similarly named).
- Some of the weapons in All Points Bulletin are fictional, but the barely-modified G36C is named "STAR 556", the H&K USP is named "Obeya FBW", the AK-47 is named "N-TEC 5" and the Desert Eagle is named "ACT 44".
- Wolf Team: And how. AKEI-47, EM-16, EF-2000...
- City of Heroes allows for Thugs and Dual Pistols players to customize the appearance of their right and left pistols individually. The plainly named "Semi Auto" model is clearly a Desert Eagle clone. They do however use the real names for the Colt Navy, Colt Model 29, and Uzi options.
- Fallout Online would have added a weapon literally called the AKA-47.
- Firefall replaces weapons such as the FN P90 submachine gun with charmingly-named clones like the "Carnage Septu Slayer-Grade".
- The Soviet Conscripts in Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 are armed with ADK-45 assault rifles, which look an awful lot like AK-47s. Makes sense, as this is an Alternate Universe.
- Interestingly enough, Boris in the Red Alert 2 Expansion Pack Yuri's Revenge is stated to be armed with an AKM. However, since the third game suffers from yet another case of Alternate Universe, it is possible that a similar assault rifle was developed by someone else 2 years earlier than in our universe.
- Averted for the basic infantry in Red Alert 2, however; while their firearms are never named in-game, the manual and other outside sources identify them as using M60s (Allied G.I.) and PPSh-41s (Soviet Conscript).
- Nod infantry in the the original game are stated to be armed with M16s and M4s. Meanwhile, GDI minigunners are given Calico rifles referred to as "GAU-3 Eliminators". Command & Conquer: Renegade replaced these with, of all things, a renamed M41A pulse rifle. This is likely due to the Tiberian Sun influences in Renegade, where basic infantry on both sides were armed with an "M16 Mk. II Pulse Rifle" - one GDI variant of which was, in some cutscenes, represented by M41A props (the more common one was the similar M590 assault rifle originally created out of a Mini-14 for Space: Above and Beyond).
- In Jagged Alliance: Back in Action, certain guns have slightly different manufacturer names but retain the correct model number. Examples include the Klock (Glock) 17 and the W&S (Smith & Wesson) Model 29.
- Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas give real-world and slightly-fictionalized guns generic names like "Assault Rifle" (H&K G3), "Assault Carbine" (Colt 733), "Battle Rifle" (M1 Garand), "Service Rifle" (modified M16A1), "Anti-Materiel Rifle" (PGM Hecate II) and many more.
- Only Fallout 2 and the Broad Strokes canon Fallout Tactics avert this by specifically using the real names for modern-day guns, and even then, the Alternate History aspect of the series means that many have fictionalized background information, such as a different manufacturer or caliber of ammunition. For example, the P90 is called by its real name (with an added "c" at the end), but fires 10x25mm rounds rather than 5.7x28mm and is said to have been designed by H&K rather than FN.
- The original Fallout, however, strangely inverts this trope. Not only are all but onenote of the game's firearms fictional, but they're described as products of real-life manufacturers. Examples include the Winchester "Widowmaker" shotgun, the Colt 6520 10mm pistol, the Glock 86 plasma pistol, the Winchester P94 plasma rifle, and many more.
- Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines both uses fake names and a couple real ones. The Franchi SPAS 15 is called the Jaegerspaz XV, the Uzi is given the ludicrous pseudonym Lassiter Killmatic, and the Glock 17 is called the Brokk 17c. Strangely, the Steyr AUG and Colt Anaconda are called by their proper names. The Utica M37 is a pretty clever pseudonym, since it must have taken some actual research on the part of the developers to discover that Utica is a small town in Upstate New York like the actual weapon's hometown of Ithaca.
- While Valkyria Chronicles uses entirely fictional weapons, one very, very familiar gun is present: The Ruhm, which is the German MG 34 with a different paint job. For comparison: Ruhm◊; MG34◊.
- The first Parasite Eve uses real model numbers, but no manufacturer names and only generic textures.
- Each and every one of Vincent's guns in Final Fantasy VII besides his Infinity +1 Sword has a real life counterpart. In some cases, the names aren't even changed.
- Every single one of the guns in Alpha Protocol is a real weapon, from the Glock pistols to the H&K submachine guns. However, for licensing reasons, the names of every single gun are changed. Glock weapons are now Samael weapons, any Russian weapon is designated UC, including the AK-47, and so on.
- July Anarchy: Prologue is a very weird example of this trope. The firearms are actual modern guns with real names and actual characteristics (damages, number of rounds), but the models aren’t linked to the correct name. For example, the weapon named "Desert Eagle" looks like a suppressed Glock 17, the "Glock 17" itself appearing as a Colt M1911A1.
- While most of the weapons in Penny Arcade's On The Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness Part 3 have generic or made-up names, this trope is used humorously with one of the guns available for Tycho, the Thomas Gun.
- Ace Combat uses real-world names for all existing aircraft (with the exception of Ace Combat Advance and Ace Combat: Northern Wings, which use planes with new names that somewhat resemble real-world planes; the F-22 in the first two games is also modeled after a prototype version, the YF-22, rather than the production model). Weapons, on the other hand, are given generic names like UGB (Unguided Bomb, alternatively with suffix S, M, or L depending on size), though missiles are clearly modeled on real-life weapons, like the F-14 carrying the AIM-54 Phoenix as its version of the "XLAA". Ace Combat 3: Electrosphere sidesteps this by giving the planes enhanced-sounding names, such as EF2000-E Typhoon II (Eurofighter Typhoon), XFA-36A (McDonnell X-36), or F-15S/MT Eagle+. It also helps that, the game being futuristic, there's more room for made-up aircraft.
- Being heavily based on Ace Combat, Vector Thrust generally averts this trope as well, with correct real-life names for its aircraft and weapons. It also follows Electrosphere in including fictional variants of some aircraft, like the F-15Z electronic warfare plane, referred to as the "Digital Eagle".
- Mostly averted in Operation Flashpoint and its successor ARMA. However, one notable case where this was played straight in OFP was the Czech SA Vz.58 assault rifle (a distant cousin of the AK-47 and AKM). It was called "AK-47 CZ". This is all the more odd since the developers are Czechs and virtually every other weapon uses its copyrighted name; they included the weapon again in ARMA II: Operation Arrowhead, this time under its correct name. Some of the civilian vehicles in the game (Trabants, Škodas, Minis and Zetor tractors) also play the trope straight (the rest avert it).
- ARMA 3 goes for half this trope and half futurized variants of existing weapons. The standard OPFOR pistol is an unmodified MP-443 called the "Rook 40", while their standard assault rifle is the "Katiba 6.5mm" series, somewhat based on the Iranian KH2002 with a lower carrying handle resembling that of the G36C and a smaller magazine. BLUFOR likewise uses an unmodified Walther P99, renamed the "P07", as their sidearm, while their standard weapon is a fictional conglomerate of parts from various weapons like the Remington ACR called the "MX 6.5mm", with suffixes like C for the compact version, SW for the support version, and M for the marksman one. Interestingly, some weapons do go by their real name, like the Gepard GM6 Lynx for CSAT's anti-materiel rifle, the Metal Storm 3GL grenade launcher available for the standard MX rifle, and the various AKs used by the Syndikat faction in the "Apex" DLC. The Marksmen DLC inverts this for the "Mk 14", which is an original M14 with a rail for optics attached; an actual Mk 14 is already in the base game as the "Mk 18".
- Every Heckler & Koch weapon in SWAT 4 is given a generic label ("9mm submachinegun" for the MP5A4) or a changed name ("Gb36" instead of G36). However, every firearm manufactured by Colt and Benelli is licensed (complete with small-print legalese), and therefore correctly named.
- The inexplicable "RK-47" and "SUG" in Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker.
- All of the weapons in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain are similarly fictional but with a resemblance to real world weapons, such as the "AM Rifle Type 69", which looks very close to a mix of the M16 with the SAR 80, or the "UN-ARC" (a cross between the FN FAL and H&K G3). This extends to even to vehicles, with the Blackfoot and Krokodil helicopters standing in for the Blackhawk and Hind. This causes a major retcon and continuity inconsistency because the flavor text indicates that this fictional military hardware is standard issue for their respective nations while real, authentic military hardwares are blatantly name-called ever since the first MSX game.
- The Hitman series initially inverted this in the original Codename 47, with all weapons except for an older pepperbox-style revolver (called simply the "Derringer") going by their real names, and even including the manufacturer's names in the menu. The demo for the follow-up game Silent Assassin continued using real names for the guns, but these were changed to generic/false names for the full game, a trend which every following game has continued. Perhaps weapons producers don't like their weapons to be associated with bad killings, as if there are 'good' killings. This is played interestingly with the AMT Hardballer, as its rename to the "Silverballer" in the second game also came with an extensive redesign of the in-game model, making it clear that the Silverballers are meant to be Agent 47's custom design.
- In the Lupin III game, Treasure of the Sorcerer King, Lupin's trademark Walther P-38 is referred to just as a "Thirty-Eight" for the English release.
- The first Splinter Cell is undecided on the issue: text files (subtitles included) refer to Sam's rifle as "SC-20K", but when you're ordered to retrieve it in the Langley mission, you can hear Lambert calling it an F2000. It's played more straight with the "SC Pistol", in reality an FN Five-seveN.
- Conviction use real names for most guns, including the Five-seveN, but the F2000 is now called SC-3000; given that it is redesigned to load magazines based on those of the never-produced MR-C, it's very likely meant to be Third Echelon's custom model.
- The original Resident Evil games for the PlayStation (as well as Resident Evil – Code: Veronica) featured plenty of real firearms such as Berettas, Colt revolvers, Remington shotguns among other. Once the series started being released on the GameCube, Capcom decided to use generic names for the weapons: the Beretta was replaced by a custom version called the Samurai Edge (previously introduced in Resident Evil 3: Nemesis), while the Colt Python was renamed the "Silver Serpent" and had its appearance heavily altered to the point that only the cylinder release from the real revolver is recognizable.
- Unturned uses a combination of generic names like Magnum or Double Barrel, while others have obvious, punny references to the real world model like the Desert Falcon, the Outfield, or the Uzy.
- The Syphon Filter series uses a mix of real names, fake names, generic descriptions, and completely fictional guns. Examples: HK5=MP5, 9mm=Glock 17, .45=M1911, G18=Glock 18C, H11=H&K G11, K3G4=G3KA4 (compact version of the G3), BIZ-2=PP-19 Bizon SMG, PK102=AK102, Spyder = Skorpion, etc. They started using more real gun names with Omega Strain, but some gun still had their names changed, such as the AU 3000 (Steyr AUG) and Biz-9 (PP-19 Bizon again).
- In The Club, all firearm models were hastily edited during the late beta, turning them into horrid messes, but some are still recognizable: "SP Hornet" is a Steyr SPP submachine gun, "Hammerhead" is the Desert Eagle and "PD9 Black Widow" is a P90 (bit hacked up, though). The most egregious example is most probably "Raptor" rifle, consisting of a G36 stock, AK-47 main body and thick pipe for a barrel.
- Army of Two largely averts this trope, with some exceptions (M4 called "S-System" and FAMAS G2 called "Felin 2C" for instance). The newest installment, however, lacks proper names for a majority of the weapons.
- There is a FELIN variant of the FAMAS for use with the French infantry combat system of the same name.
- darkSector plays this one really weirdly; almost every weapon is a model of one gun, named similarly to a different real-world gun of similar type. So Hayden's "Tekna 9mm" is a 45 ACP H&K Mark 23 named after the Russian Vector SR-1 pistol, the "Vekesk Micro" is a Klin PP-9 named after the SR-2 Veresk SMG, and so on. The exceptions are the AKS-74U and RPG-7, which have the right names.
- Used in Uncharted 1 and 2. Some of the the made-up names for Nate's weapons partially allude to the real names, such as the Wes .44 (S&W .44 Magnum), Desert 5 (Desert Eagle), and SAS-12 (Franchi SPAS-12note ).
- The SOCOM series mostly does this. Examples include the HK36 (H&K G36C), IW-80A2 (Enfield SA80), VSV-39 (VSS Vintorez), AG-94 (AN-94 Abakan), and M4-90 (Benelli M4 Super 90). Interestingly, some weapons have their actual names, like the MSG90, AT4, and SR-25.
- Sunset Overdrive calls its standard assault rifle the "AK-FU".
- All of the firearms in Winback: Covert Operations are generically described real guns. Handgun=Colt M1911, Shotgun=Franchi SPAS-12, Submachine Gun=H&K MP 5, Silenced Handgun=Walther PPK, Rocket Launcher=M202 FLASH.
- Freedom Fighters dodges the issue by giving all its guns totally generic names, like "Assault Rifle" (an AK-103), "Heavy Machine Gun" (a PKM), "Revolver" (Colt Python) and "Shotgun" (SPAS-12).
- A few of the weapons in Resident Evil 4 are named after real weapons, such as the TMP, the Red 9 (a 9mm variant of the Mauser C96) and the Chicago Typewriter (one of many nicknames for the Thompson submachine gun). And then, just to make things interesting, they'll sometimes randomly throw in a fictional gun made up of real gun parts into the mix, like Leon's Silver Ghost. Resident Evil 5 used real names for its guns, besides the fictional ones and the very notable exception of the "Lightning Hawk" (obviously a Desert Eagle), but then Resident Evil 6 went back to solely using fake names.
- Resident Evil 5 did have one other notable example among its weapon cache: the SVD/Cobray Street Sweeper was called the "Jail Breaker" in 5. This one is particularly strange because 4 featured an Armsel Striker shotgun (a very similar weapon but with a different drum advance system than a Street Sweeper) that was actually called the "Striker", and yet in a game where most weapons received proper names, the closest relative to the gun that actually managed to avoid being given a fake name 4 is given one in 5.
- Ride to Hell: Retribution uses this trope, the most notable example being when a late 1960's American army officer presents a taped-up M1 Garand rifle as the state-of-the-art "Albatross A40 rifle".
- Grand Theft Auto: Vice City seemed to fall under this as well, with rather generic names for its firearms. Grand Theft Auto III and San Andreas were slightly more willing to use assault rifle namesnote , although other weapons were still generic-named (if not generic-shaped). The games also extended this trope from the guns to the vehicles.
- Vice City was actually much like III and San Andreas' originally in that it did have real names in its first release. It was only after the Bowdlerized "Haitian Friendly" version was released that this trope came into play.
- The 'HD-Era' Grand Theft Auto games (GTAIV and V) have also given generic names for their firearms such as "Pistol", "SMG" and "Rifle", only using varied nouns for differentiating weapons of the same class. Examples from V would include the "Assault Rifle" (Norinco Type-56-2), "Carbine Rifle" note (customized AR-15) and the "Advanced Rifle" (IMI CTAR-21). The eighth-generation version of GTA V adds fictitious manufacturer names to the weapon models such as "Shrewsbury" (that oddly produces reproduction of foreign firearms) and "Vom Feuer" (a Fictional Counterpart of Heckler & Koch) that are visible in first-person view.
- The Saints Row games do this with all of their firearms, but if you look at the weapon closely you can probably identify its real-life counterpart. Most obvious is the AK renamed the "K6 Krukov". Humorously, the in game version of the Desert Eagle is called the GDHC .50, "GDHC" standing for "Goddamn Hand Cannon."
- Oddly enough, during the final mission against the Carnales in the first game, Dex will actually refer to the AK by its real name.
- It's also worth noting that the first two games got away with including an A.K.A.'d Glock pistol, something that the Glock company heavily frowns on in real life.
- In The Godfather game almost all weapons have generic descriptors or are Named Weapons, except for maybe the Tommy Gun (the "Python" revolver is actually a Colt Official Police).
- The Saboteur uses this rather haphazardly. Some weapons are given generic names (like 'silenced pistol' or 'automatic shotgun'), some use fictional names (e.g. 'Raum pistol' for a Mauser C96 or 'Kruger' for Luger P'08) some use their popular names ('Tommy Gun') and in some cases the name is left unaltered (MP 40, Panzerschreck).
- Red Dead Redemption uses both real gun names as well as fake names.
- Watch_Dogs zigzags: some guns use real names names, some guns use modified names based on the real name, some fictional names. Interestingly, a lot of the names, just like the models, tend to be taken from other games by the same publisher:
- Real names: The ACR, Px4, AK-47, M107.
- Modified names: the 416 (HK416), 417 (HK417), SMG-11 (MAC-11), 1911 (Kimber Warrior, based on the original M1911), R-2000 (PP-2000).
- Fictional Names: Goblin (Patriot Ordnance P416), P-9 (SIG-Sauer P250 Compact), Destroyer (Barrett M82).
Examples (Other Media):
- In William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet, guns go by brand names like Sword, Dagger, Rapier and Longsword. This is mostly justified to keep from deviating from Shakespeare's original script.
- Shoot 'em Up plays this for plot reasons. In order to have products for the weapons manufacturer Hammerson, Para-Ordinance guns had their labeling filed off and the name "Hammerson" lasered in.
- War Dogs curiously uses this for one single model: the Brazilian copy of the Beretta 92 pistol, Taurus PT99, is called "Corvis TP19".
- In Johannes Cabal the Detective Cabal normally has a gun that is identified correctly-a Webley Boxer, but when he loses it early in the novel he eventually buys another revolver that is identified only by its caliber: 10.35mm. Its not given a proper name, but given the vague time period of the setting and the equally vague Italian-nature of the country he buys it in (a fictional place called Senza) its most likely a Bodeo Model 1889.
- In The Dark Tower, Roland carries a pair of revolvers from another universe which are implied to be the direct equivalent of a real firearm from our world, but the text avoids specifying which one. Based on the details given, the guns are a perfect match for the Colt New Service (double-action, swing-out cylinders, and chambered in .45 Long Colt) but they're just called the Sandalwood Guns because of their grips, which are made of sandalwood.
- In an episode of Cold Case, a Beretta submachine gun is called a Marietta.
- Law & Order had a trial against the manufacturer of a "Rolf-9" gun, which was an obvious stand-in for the Intratec TEC-9. The issue was that Rolf-9 was sold as a semi-automatic, but it could be very easily converted to fully automatic, just as the real TEC-9.
- Battlestar Galactica (2003). The Stallion is actually a COP .357 derringer. It's not the only thing on the series with an unusual similarity to something from Earth. After all, this has all happened before and will all happen again...
- In some episodes of Monk, such as "Mr. Monk and the Three Pies" and "Mr. Monk Is On the Run," there are such things as "Lane & Westen" pistols. When they are shown, they are clearly shown to just be Beretta 92FS pistols under an alternate name. Interestingly, there are other episodes where Beretta pistols appear and are appropriately referred to as Berettas.
- Used in the GURPS Basic Set. All guns are given a basic descriptive name such as "Auto Pistol, 9mm" or "Assault Carbine, 5.56mm". However this isn't meant to be so much deceptive as it is generic; they later gave statistics to dozens of real life firearms.
- Most guns in Arkham Horror go by a very generic name like "rifle" or ".357 magnum". The closest to a real name is the "Tommy Gun", which is a nickname rather than an official designation.
- Completely averted in historical (even for present day) Wargaming rules - the actual names are always used where the writers have gone to that level of detail. Would make an interesting IP court case (if the writers could actually afford to defend)- "We described the terrorists as using AK-47's because that's what they did."
- The arsenal of a Shadowrun game includes a wide variety of weapons from modern manufacturers with incremented model numbers; AK-97s, Beretta 201s, Browning Ultra-Powers, et cetera.
- Imperial Guard autoguns in Warhammer 40,000 fill the same role as modern-day assault rifles, and look akin to M16s. Heavy stubbers are basically M2 Browning .50 cals. Autopistols resemble Uzis. Artwork often goes even further - there are belt-fed bipod heavy stubbers that could be taken for an MG 42 at first glance, and lasguns and sniper rifles often have features (like large, banana-shaped mags) cribbed from historical weapons. Even the Imperium's standard issue sidearm, the Bolt Pistol, looks an awful lot like an M16 with the stock, handle and most of the barrel snapped off.
- Averted in Psionics: The Next Stage in Human Evolution. The game not only lists real guns as weapons, it gives you a brief history of each one.
- BattleTech intermixes AKA-47s and Brand X products. Several ground vehicles are quite obviously based on real life vehicles, such as the Chevalier scout tank being one degree of separation away from the South African Army Rooikat, or the Hetzer alleged tank being essentially a World War 2-era Hetzer, but with a bigger gun and wheels instead of caterpillar treads. It's more apparent in the Mechwarrior roleplaying spinoff, which has several weapons that are only very lightly modified like the Gauss SMG, a FN P90 with the magazine located further back along the top and the old magazine location being replaced by magnetic coils, or completely unchanged like the Federated Long Rifle, an AR-15.
- Happens on wikis based on series where gunplay is prominent enough that the guns get their own pages, though it varies depending on the series. The Left 4 Dead wiki, for instance, prominently discusses the real-world bases of its weapons, while the Call of Duty wiki allows nothing more than a Wikipedia link to the real weapon at the start of each weapon's page, owing to the series' infamy for getting technical details wrong that would make half of that wiki devolve into complaining otherwise.
- Back in the day, there were licensed and unlicensed copies of every successful small arm each featuring a new name. Companies didn't want copies of their arms to bare the company name, so foreign manufactures often had to change the name in order to get a manufacturing license. Ironically the gun that reversed this trend was the Trope Namer, the AK-47. Since the AK was made by a communist country, they didn't care what manufactures called their guns and even encouraged them to use the Red Army's designations.