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    PlanetQuake | Features | Rants N' Raves | The BFG
   

The BFG
It had to be here sooner or later, here's the rave about the BFG.
  — by Pappy-R

What do you mean no skill? I had to pick it up, didn't I?

This time in the Rants & Raves feature I tried to pick a reader topic not frought with peril, and one that will hopefully bring varied opinions from the crew here. This time we have Sven bring us his thoughts on the BFG and it's acceptance in online play. Read on, ponder it all and take your turn at writing side.

Not as clumsy or random as a blaster -- an elegant weapon for a more civilized age.

Yes, the Big Fun Gun 10,000 is a big thorn in the sides of some players. Many a time have I been chatted at loudly for using the BFG, but it's never dissuaded me from using it. In fact, I'll often start using the BFG exclusively if someone complains about my occasional use. When someone shouts "BFG pussy!" I simply retort "BFG victim :)".

Of course, between Quake2 and Quake3 the BFG is quite different, and I kind of miss the Quake2 BFG because there was a certain skill to it. Yes, you heard right, I used the words "skill" and "BFG" in the same sentence.

The old BFG wasn't just a fire-and-forget automatic frag machine, especially in the hands of a newbie. For one thing, it took a lot of ammo (50 cells per shot) and there was a big delay between when you pulled the trigger and when it shot the big plasma ball. Newbie BFG users were easy to spot because they'd wait until they saw someone before firing the gun. Us skilled BFG users knew to fire the gun just before you rounded the corner. Skilled players also knew to either aim at the ground or nearest wall, because once the plasma ball hit there it would shoot out an extra boost of energy into any players who currently had a BFG tentacle stuck into them.

The effective difference between the newbie and experienced BFG user was newbies would rarely kill with the BFG. They might wound a couple people, but didn't understand the weapon well enough to do any serious damage. Skilled players knew how, when and where to unleash the power of the BFG and score 3, 4 or 5 frags all at once. And that's the real trick, to kill as many people at one time. Killing one person with the BFG is unsatisfying, but painting a whole room red where once there was a vibrant group of players is a religious experience.

The new BFG for Q3A is quite different, and is more like a plasma gun hopped up on Quad. It's easier to understand for newbies, and that makes it nice because newbies who get their hands on one can even up the score a bit.

99% of my online experience always puts me with the slowest ping than any one else I have ever come across.

Still, people complain about the BFG. I say relax, it's part of the game and available to all who want to use it. It may not require quite as much skill as the railgun, but that's why it's called the Big Fun Gun, not the Big Skill Gun.

Next time your blood pressure goes up a few notches because you're pissed at a BFG pussy, just go grab your own BFG and join the fun! To make it even more enjoyable, start singing, "Everybody was BFG fighting! dadadada da da da da DAAAAA!! Those guns were fast as lightning! It was a little bit frightening! Pulled off with expert timing!

"OooooWoooohOOoohhhOOOOOHHH!!! OoooooWooooohOooohhhOOOOOHHHH!!"

W"BFG Fighting! ... " *fade*

  —Sven

Gee...I think he likes it. Well let's see what the PQ staff has to add or scream on the topic at hand. This week we'll let Lee'Mon kick it off with his take on the BFG and all it entails.

Okay, okay... he won me over with the song. ;^) Now this is a Rant I can agree with.

The BFG has its roots in the single-player age, when it wasn't necessary to consider how the guy on the other side of the gun felt. Still, the original Doom BFG was fairly balanced. The delay before firing, coupled with the time necessary for the ball to hit a wall (at the time, you couldn't cheat by shooting the floor), gave most players plenty of time to get out of the way.

With the advent (and subsequent focus) of multiplayer, the BFG was first scrapped in Quake 1. Of course, most people will tell you that any Quake BFG would have been trounced by a Quad Rocket any day. With Quake2, however, the BFG came back, big time. The new attributes (as Sven detailed) meant beginners could gain one frag moderately easy, but multiple kills were a work of art.

Now, in Q3, the BFG is little more than the bastard child of the Rocket and Plasma Gun. It's a powerful gun that makes frags easier, but hey, it's available to all players... after all, Q3A's timing means you can pick up your own BFG 5 seconds after someone else does. Like all strategies, it's best used in moderation. So let them eat BFG. Personally, I'm still itching to code the Doom and Q2 BFGs back into Quake3... ;^)

  —Lee'Mon

The buzzer sounds and we have a winner. One staffer who doesn't decide to chew on the issue to kick things off is always a good sign. Next up is Love2Play and I promise that if she compares the BFG to a Geo I'll stop this bus right now. You go girl!

The ONLY time I have approved of the Quake 2 BFG is in a game of NIQ. Otherwise yeah, I agree it's a pussy gun. And I don't usually use those words so you now know how strongly I feel >:) When you are in a Quake 2 game and you take out the whole room with a BFG well aren't you skilled..... not. All you did was stand there, shoot, and hope someone gets in the way. There is no aim, the only skill involved is trying to get more cells before someone kills you and you loose your little sissy weapon.

I was in a game in Warehouse and a guy did nothing but take us all out at once over and over and over with the BFG. So we all agreed to camp the ammo so he couldn't reload, then we took him out and made sure one of us was in front of the BFG so he couldn't get it again. See, the rest of us wanted to use weapons you had to aim and shoot your victim with and he was spoiling the game for all of us. That is also called being a llama. When the whole room tells you to knock it off because they want to play against each other with guns that don't nuke the entire room, listen or get the hell out.

Quake 3 thank gawd made the BFG a weapon you have to aim with. I like the power and I like that it fires faster. It's just a more powerful weapon, not a damm nuclear warhead. For that, you play Weapons of Destruction and get out the napalm grenades.

Bottom line, in Quake 2 if you use the BFG I am going to hunt you down and keep you dead. Don't even bother to respawn. >:)

  —Love2Play

Next up, more PQ opinions, including Pappy himself...


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