The identity of the original Doom guy has been revealed

The image adorning the original Doom is a striking and iconic piece of video game art that likely evokes many nostalgic memories in those who are old enough to have played the game in its prime. Ever since the game launched, people assumed that the protagonist on the cover image who’s mowing down a horde of demons with a machine gun was just some generic soldier (hence his fan-bestowed title of “Doomguy"). However, according to series creator John Romero, that’s not quite the case.

In a recent post on his blog, Romero recounted a tale that is sure to delight fans of the Doom franchise. As it turns out, Romero and his team hired a body model to pose so that they could use him as a reference for drawing the cover’s protagonist but, well, as Romero tells it:

"The body model took his shirt off and started posing with our plasma gun toy. , asked us for suggestions so I started telling him that the Marine was going to be attacked by an infinite amount of demons. It would be cool if he was on a hill and firing down into them. The model was holding the gun in various positions and none of them were interesting to me.

Frustrated, I threw my shirt off and told him to give me the gun and get on the floor – grab my arm as one of the demons! Defeated, he deferred. I aimed the gun in a slightly different direction and told Don, 'This is what I'm talking about!' Don took several pictures. I moved the gun some, the demon grabbed my leg, other arm, etc. At the end of it we all decided the arm-grabbing pose was going to be the best. 

I AM THE DOOMGUY. (at least on the cover)”

So there you have it, apparently John Romero is an avid believer of the old saying “if you want something done right, do it yourself.”