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Sir Hattington

Plasma rifle, or plasma gun?

Do you call the holy sixth weapon slot gun the Plasma rifle, or plasma gun?  

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  1. 1. What do you call the plasma rifle? (I call it the plasma rifle)



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I used to say "plasma rifle" more. Now I say "plasma gun" more. I also occasionally say "combat shotgun."

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1 hour ago, Doomkid said:

i call it blue balls slapped menacingly on a demon's face

 

This just sounds so... round... out of context...

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Honestly, I use plasma gun when referring to the og Doom weapon (1,2, and 64), newer Dooms and other games I'll call plasma rifle.

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Plasmatic Electric-inducing Nitro-boosted Intense Shocking.. Rifle.

I don't have to mention how that is shortened.

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Funny. I thought it shot water. Yeah, I don't know why that made sense to 6-year-old Zulk.

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From a logical sense "Plasma Rifle" doesn't make sense, it's an energy weapon, rifles refer to the use of rifle ammunition (duh) and most importantly, the big kicker: the use of rifling (aka those "cool helical grooves in the barrel")

Also the game calls it the Plasma Gun, and Sandy Petersen wrote the manual, which varies in inconsistency from Doom and Doom II so we can safely say that the manuals don't count that much in this case ;)

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Well the chaingun in the game is a smaller handheld version of a minigun with 9mm rounds and it doesn't exist, and the real life chaingun is a completely different gun.

Edited by Avoozl

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1 hour ago, XLightningStormL said:

From a logical sense "Plasma Rifle" doesn't make sense, it's an energy weapon, rifles refer to the use of rifle ammunition (duh) and most importantly, the big kicker: the use of rifling (aka those "cool helical grooves in the barrel")

Also the game calls it the Plasma Gun, and Sandy Petersen wrote the manual, which varies in inconsistency from Doom and Doom II so we can safely say that the manuals don't count that much in this case ;)


My, not as well founded reason for calling it a plasma gun, was that on screen it doesn't seem like it could mechanically be held in the same way as a rifle. Unlike the Turok plasma rifle (as their manual says as well) which actually just looks like a rifle which happens to shoot plasma. But you're still right in that case, as they shouldn't have rifling. Since plasma is not a solid, the angular momentum rifling would introduce would do more to destabilize a plasma ball than stabilize it. So there should be no rifling in such weapons.

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1 hour ago, XLightningStormL said:

From a logical sense "Plasma Rifle" doesn't make sense, it's an energy weapon, rifles refer to the use of rifle ammunition (duh) and most importantly, the big kicker: the use of rifling (aka those "cool helical grooves in the barrel")

Also the game calls it the Plasma Gun, and Sandy Petersen wrote the manual, which varies in inconsistency from Doom and Doom II so we can safely say that the manuals don't count that much in this case ;)

I see we've got our "closest to the core" volunteer.

 

Does anyone else want to join him?

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I call it the plasma gun or plasma cannon. Never understood the rifle thing. It's not a rifle.

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Plasma Rifle. That's what the manual's call it as well as the strategy guides so i'm going with that. Not going to lie, i have called it Plasma Gun in the past though and still sometimes do.

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"Plasma gun" is the phrase used by the actual game, so all other arguments are invalid!

 

I was going to say "plasma rifle" was from Blake Stone, but I checked and that game has a plasma discharge unit. Sounds so Hard SF.

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"Gun" is then legitimate, or at least so has this thread developed to.

 

But it just sounds so... generic.

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Personally I think this kind of binary thinking is a relic of the anglocentric hegemony - the weapons of Doom exist on a spectrum.

 

If the plasma gun wants to identify as a plasma rifle, despite the lack of rifling, it's not up to us to define its identity.

 

I call it Plasminx.

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35 minutes ago, Ashley_Pomeroy said:

Personally I think this kind of binary thinking is a relic of the anglocentric hegemony - the weapons of Doom exist on a spectrum.

 

If the plasma gun wants to identify as a plasma rifle, despite the lack of rifling, it's not up to us to define its identity.

 

I call it Plasminx.

The temptation to start making jokes is immense.

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Lots of people will say it can't be a rifle because it's unlikely the cannon is rifled; however if we're being pedantic it also can't be a gun because it doesn't use gunpowder.

 

"Gun" is also a terribly generic and vague name, that applies to anything from a pistol to ship-mounted artillery. Whereas "rifle" implies a certain size category, a size category in which Doom's slot 6 weapon fits comfortably. So, plasma rifle it is for me.

 

Though, to be honest, I generally just use "plasma". Likewise, the rocket launcher I generally just call "rocket".

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Gun because that is what is actually used in the game. Same reason I also call them Heavy Weapon Dudes and Shotgun Guys.

 

But I just say "plasma" for the Plasma Gun and "dude" for Heavy Weapon Dude.

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