About Doomguy's name...

Sun May 10, 2020 10:45 pm

Hi there.

A question that came up during a conversation with a group of modders: if a mod is set at the time of Final Doom, and the 'screenwriter' decides to use a name for the protagonist, which of these options would be better?

* William Blazkowicz III
* Stan Blazkowicz
* Flynn Taggart
* DoomGuy
* Doom Slayer
* You

Thanks in advanced.

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Off: I was taking a look at this to create a poll. I guess i don't have permission to create it. How can I ask it? :?:

Re: About Doomguy's name...

Sun May 10, 2020 10:48 pm

Hmmmmm...

This may not be the most popular opinion, but I do like the "Stan Blazkowicz". Is very "Doom Guyish". ;)

Re: About Doomguy's name...

Sun May 10, 2020 11:01 pm

Ravick wrote:You

Re: About Doomguy's name...

Mon May 11, 2020 3:52 am

Buddy Dacote

Re: About Doomguy's name...

Mon May 11, 2020 4:02 am

How about Reaper?

Re: About Doomguy's name...

Mon May 11, 2020 4:13 am

I'd simply go with "You" or, failing that, Doomguy. It avoids confusion and won't jar with people if you decided on the 'wrong' name for peoples head canon.

Re: About Doomguy's name...

Mon May 11, 2020 4:30 am

Ravick wrote:* You

That one puts me in the game. The others (particularly the ones that are names rather than "titles") take me out of it and mean that I am merely a puppet-master for Taggart, Blazkowicz or whoever.

IMO:
The Blazkowicz names were utterly unnecessary and slightly awkward links to the Wolfenstein games.
Taggart was invented because it made writing the novels easier.
To me, "Doomguy" is just a convenient way to refer to the game entity (Doomguy can run at 90mph/hold 8 weapons at once etc).
Personally, I find the whole "Doom Slayer" thing cringey and crass and a "trying too hard" attempt at being cool.

The character in Doom doesn't need a name, doesn't need a title, doesn't need to say things. Not having those things allows me into the game. Having them means the game is about someone else.

Re: About Doomguy's name...

Mon May 11, 2020 4:41 am

If you really need a name, take one of these:

Spoiler:


:P

Re: About Doomguy's name...

Mon May 11, 2020 5:33 am

Our Hero.

Re: About Doomguy's name...

Mon May 11, 2020 6:40 am

JOE.

Re: About Doomguy's name...

Mon May 11, 2020 7:51 am

John Stalvern.

8-)

Re: About Doomguy's name...

Mon May 11, 2020 8:46 am

No, John. You are the demons.

Re: About Doomguy's name...

Mon May 11, 2020 11:49 am

Enjay wrote:
Ravick wrote:* You

That one puts me in the game. The others (particularly the ones that are names rather than "titles") take me out of it and mean that I am merely a puppet-master for Taggart, Blazkowicz or whoever.

IMO:
The Blazkowicz names were utterly unnecessary and slightly awkward links to the Wolfenstein games.
Taggart was invented because it made writing the novels easier.
To me, "Doomguy" is just a convenient way to refer to the game entity (Doomguy can run at 90mph/hold 8 weapons at once etc).
Personally, I find the whole "Doom Slayer" thing cringey and crass and a "trying too hard" attempt at being cool.

The character in Doom doesn't need a name, doesn't need a title, doesn't need to say things. Not having those things allows me into the game. Having them means the game is about someone else.


This is pretty much my view on it. I've also slowly progressed towards the camp of the whole "Doom Slayer" thing as trying too hard to be cool and edgy, especially with the story of Eternal. At the very least I didn't like the story of Eternal so I'll admit it's just personal bias/taste/whatever.
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Re: About Doomguy's name...

Mon May 11, 2020 4:13 pm

I personally think that for all intents and purposes, the Doom Slayer monicker fits the whole new Doom universe post-2016 (and I rather have my character name sounding like something out of a 90's Rob Liefeld comic book than the obnoxiously boring "Marine" alias adopted in D3). However, unless you're making a mod that takes place in the threads of new-Doom lore, it doesn't make sense to name the Doomguy as Slayer. In the DOS games, he was nothing more than "Our Hero", and during the walls of text the game would speak directly to the player, so "you" are the Doomguy. He doesn't really need a name, i think.

Re: About Doomguy's name...

Mon May 11, 2020 6:05 pm

For me, it's just as Nems said: trying too hard to be cool and edgy.

Plus, a high school ex cheerleader from Los Angeles, later Sunnydale, already has the Slayer title. :lol: