The BFG 9000 as depicted in the original Doom (top) and Doom 3 (bottom)
|First appearance||Doom (1993)|
|Created by||Tom Hall|
|Designed by||Adrian Carmack and Kevin Cloud|
The BFG 9000 is a fictional weapon found in the video game series Doom. The abbreviation BFG stands for "Big Fucking Gun" as described in Tom Hall's original Doom design document and in the user manual of Doom II: Hell on Earth. Another name, according to the motion picture, is "Bio Force Gun" (although in the movie itself, "Big Fucking Gun" is spoken as it comes into view). In the Quake II manual it says it stands for "Big, uh, freakin’ gun".
The BFG 9000 is a large firearm that fires giant balls of green Antimatter. The most powerful weapon in the games, it causes major damage to opponents hit by the radiation emitted by the projectile and is often an instant kill if a target takes a direct hit from the projectile. Quake II and Quake III Arena pay homage to the BFG 9000 with a pair of similar weapons both called the BFG10K, although the Quake III Arena version acts very differently, functioning on hitscan instead of a slow-moving projectile and being weaker, but having a high rate of fire to compensate.
UGO.com ranked the BFG 9000 at number two on their list of top video game weapons of all time, stating "it was marvelous and complex, and we should not hesitate to put this weapon down in history as one of the best." X-Play ranked it number one on their list of top "badass" weapons, stating that while "not as fancy as the gravity gun", it was the first weapon that "really made us swoon". IGN also listed the BFG as one of the ten best weapons in video games, placing it at number ten. Machinima.com named it number one on their list of top video game weapons, stating "Do you really need a reason why this tops the list?"
- ↑ Top 50 Video Game Weapons of All Time. UGO.com. Retrieved on 2008-12-17
- ↑ X-Play's Top 10 Badass Weapons: Part 2. G4. Retrieved on 2008-12-25
- ↑ McNamara, Tom (2006-02-28). Top 10 Tuesday: Tom's Favorite Videogame Weapons. IGN. Retrieved on 2008-12-31
- ↑ Top 10 Video Game Weapons. Machinima.com. Retrieved on 2009-01-30