The BFG 9000 as depicted in the original Doom (top) and Doom 3 (bottom)
|First game||Doom (1993)|
|Created by||Tom Hall|
|Designed by||Adrian Carmack and Kevin Cloud|
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The versions found in the Doom games are called BFG 9000 and those in Quake BFG 10K. In mods, various other versions made by fans can be found.
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. The Quake II manual says it stands for "Big, uh, freakin’ gun". Another meaning of the name used in the Doom motion picture is "Bio Force Gun".
The first version of Doom where it appears is the press beta release. In that version, the BFG 9000 released a cloud of 80 little plasma balls (randomly green or red) per shot.
In the first commercial Doom game, the BFG 9000 is a large firearm that fires giant balls of green plasma. The most powerful weapon in the games, it causes major damage to opponents hit by the radiation emitted by the projectile which can clear entire rooms of foes, and is often an instant kill if a target takes a direct hit from the projectile. The player is unaffected by the splash damage, which makes it possible to use the BFG 9000 safely in close quarters, unlike some of the other powerful weapons. In the first Doom the weapon can only be picked up in the third and fourth episodes.
In Doom 3, the BFG 9000 has a charge-based system where holding down the trigger causes the weapon to accumulate energy, resulting in a more powerful shot. Overcharging the BFG will cause it to overheat and explode, killing the player instantly.
Quake II and Quake III Arena pay homage to the BFG 9000 with a pair of similar weapons both called the BFG10K. The Q2 version sends a slow plasma glob which releases fast firing shots that target multiple enemies at once. The Quake III Arena version of the BFG acts very differently, sending fast plasma orbs.
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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