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Stuart Brown, known as Ahoy (formerly XboxAhoy), is a gaming YouTuber focused primarily on creating documentary-style videos on video games and gaming culture. Originally known for creating multiplayer weapon guides for the Call of Duty series, he is today primarily known for his series detailing the real life and in-game history of various firearms (Iconic Arms), as well as videos on other more general topics, such as A Brief History of Graphics, and more famously, Polybius: The Video Game That Doesn't Exist.


Ahoy provides examples of:

  • A.K.A.-47: Discussed in AK-47., in regards to it actually being a weapon that rarely gets this treatment.
  • Arbitrary Gun Power: Brought up in Magnum Revolver., since video games often have them deal more damage with the same bullets for gameplay balance, as well as Arctic Warfare., since the sniper rifle, along with other bolt-action rifles, is almost universally portrayed as doing more damage than other weapons of the same caliber.
  • Archaic Weapon for an Advanced Age: Several Iconic Arms videos mention relatively primitive weapons being used in modern or futuristic settings, whether in Real Life or fiction, such as the bow and arrow, the revolver, and the double barrel shotgun.
  • Awesome, yet Impractical: On some of his Iconic Arms videos he does comment on how unbelievably impractical some weapons are and how they basically only got their fame through their appearance or word of mouth.
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  • Badass Baritone: Stuart has a deep and commanding voice, and this is mentioned in the comments on pretty much every video he releases.
  • Boring, but Practical: Likewise, he also comments on such weapons. The conclusion of the Glock video might as well be the trope page's headline quote:
    "Sometimes boring is exactly what you need."
  • BFG: Minigun. points out that it's such a large weapon it'd be impractical at best to be carried by a human, before reminding us why media does it anyway.
  • Cool Guns / Gun Porn: Iconic Arms is built around this trope. The show documents notable firearms, their history, and their appearances and roles in popular culture, all while showing footage showing the gun being fired or how it works.
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  • Gatling Good: Minigun., obviously.
  • Hurricane of Puns: Released a compilation video of all the Black Ops II weapon guide puns.
  • Irony: In A Brief History of Piracy, Stuart points out the mild irony of a very early pirate video game starting with a message discouraging digital piracy.
  • More Dakka: Minigun.
    Ahoy: It turns out, there's a practical limit to the rate of fire in a single barreled weapon. The good news is, you can always add more!
  • Pungeon Master: Stuart is a fan of making puns, and would usually end each of his weapon guides with one. The puns are usually related to the weapon too.
  • Red Herring: He calls out "Steven Roach", a "Welshman" who "worked as a programmer in 1980s Czechoslovakia", as this, due to the many inaccuracies in the latter's claim about having created Polybius, such as "being consulted by a South American company", "moving to Communist Czechia to do business" and having based his claims entirely on the established Polybius myth, not to mention sharing the name with an American ex-policeman who ran a scandalous troubled-youth camp in that country around the same time.
  • Removable Turret Gun: Mentioned in Minigun..
  • Revolvers Are Just Better: Magnum Revolver. goes into this, and mostly attributes it to Simple, yet Awesome design, Competitive Balance in video games, and Rule of Cool.
  • Shotguns Are Just Better: Analyzed in Double-Barreled Shotgun., going into the Simple, yet Awesome design and raw stopping power.
  • Simple, yet Awesome: Often points this out as an important feature of a weapon over more Awesome, but Impractical designs. Examples include the double-barreled shotgun and AK-47.
  • Stylistic Suck: "The First Video Game" plays out as a series of black-and-white microfilm images, moved in and out of shot by a white gloved hand.
  • That Liar Lies: Stuart flat-out calls "PRG017", a Japanese "ex-Sega employee", as a fraud, due to having also based his claims of creating Polybius on the established myth.

"Until next time... farewell."


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