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How Did A Toy Gun Become Doom's Iconic BFG?

In this episode of Loadout we dig into the unlikely origin of Doom's most destructive weapon.


The BFG is easily one of the most recognizable video game weapons of all time. The iconic firearm was born to eviscerate monsters and demons in id Software's seminal first-person shooter, Doom. The gun was there for the formative years of the genre itself and has remained a mainstay, whether in follow-up Doom games, other id Software titles, or games in the genre as a whole.

But the Big F**king Gun actually has a rather unexpected history, having been based on a toy that was purchased from Toys'R'Us.

How did a kid's toy blaster become one of the most devastating virtual weapons of all time? The latest episode of Loadout delves into just that question. Join Dave as he recounts the history of the BFG and explores its cultural impact in games, movies, and beyond.

If you haven't already, make sure to watch the other episodes of Loadout available on GameSpot's YouTube channel. There are videos dedicated to the silencer, nuclear bomb, revolver, and more.

Of course, the BFG makes its return in the latest entry in the Doom series. In GameSpot's Doom Eternal review, Phil Hornshaw said, "Though it can take a bit to get the hang of it, the intricacies of Doom Eternal's combat, combined with its enhanced mobility and option-heavy level design, create a ton of white-knuckle moments that elevate everything that made Doom 2016 work so well.

"Its combat is just as quick and chaotic, but requires you to constantly analyze everything that's happening in order to come out victorious. Once you get the hang of the rhythm of Doom Eternal, it'll make you feel like a demon-slaying savant."

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