3… 2… 1… FIRE!

Shooting a gun. An experience loved by some, hated by others. During development of Bulletstorm we went to a shooting range and tried out plenty of weaponry. And you know what? WORST. SPECIAL. EFFECTS. EVER.

Ok, so I'm a special effects artist [on upcoming first-person shooter Bulletstorm]and my opinion of this is highly biased. But when someone comes up with a controller that punches you in the chest every time you shoot, and then smells of burned gunpowder, real weapons look lame in comparison.

That's our Studio Manager Erik Gloersen firing an Uzi machine gun. What the hell is up with that muzzle flash?!

And that is Environment Artist Krzysztof Dolas, firing a AK-47! A freaking Kalashnikov AK-47! It almost dislocated my shoulder with every shot. See that awesome special effect on the muzzle? Oh, you can't see it? WELL NEITHER CAN I!

Now THAT'S how you do it! A skull firing a chain gun with a muzzle flash as big as him! The only way it could be better would be if there was a bikini model doing it.

I did however greatly enjoy shooting real guns, it's one of those experiences everyone should try at least once. And nobody liked it more than our Creative Director Adrian Chmielarz, who after firing a shotgun made one of the best LOL faces I have ever seen.

Originally from Portugal, Special Effects Artist Jose Teixeira is a member of the Epic Games team at People Can Fly in Warsaw, Poland. As part of making Bulletstorm visually explosive, he very much enjoys blowing up the hard work of other people.

Republished with permission.


    lol short but sweet!
    Loved it :D

    I've always wanted to go to a shooting range...

      I did once. Scared the living crap out of me - I was constantly worried that I was going to accidentally shoot myself or somebody else.

      Which I suppose is probably better than being too blase about it all, but still... stressful experience :P

        You would have been in the perfect place if a zombie outbreak occured, however..

        I found it really exciting! would love to go more if I had the time. Too bad it's so restricted in AU and it costs so much more than it's worth.

    meh, try being on the opposite side of the gun thats being fired ( using blanks of course) then you will see better looking mussel flashes. or even better go shooting at night and watch the sky light up.

    You know your due to change the barrel of of your f89 minimi when you can see that the barrel is almost molten in colour xD

    Love the LOL face at the end.

    I've gone shooting a few times, it's always good fun.

    I find rifle shooting a lot more fun than handgun shooting, I will say. But I did use impressive rifles (including an Lee Enfield 303 with over a hundred confirmed kills and some new one that's just being deployed by US Snipers). Handguns have had some choice trials, like .44 magnums and some black powder revolvers.

    Need to go again :(

    I'd really recommend people give it a try.

    LOL. Great little article.

    Controlled firing ranges can however, be huge amounts of fun :)

    Sad thing is, real war is nowhere near as cool, especially if you're in the military and shoot someone and they don't 'just die'.

    Games never depict the guy on the floor with his guts in his hands, screaming a scream like you never knew a man could make.

    I laugh when I see 'real world shooter' and stuff as it's really absolutely nothing like it. I'd like to see someone make one, just to see how many people actually have the stomach to play it.

    I fired a long barrelled .357 magnum revolver at a firing range. The instructor turned off the lights so that I could get the full effect of the muzzle flash... it was awesome.. just like a videogame ;)

    It's good fun.

    I prefered shotguns to handguns...
    I haven't tried anything longer but I've got to get out to a rifle range some day.

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