Talk:Assault rifle (Doom)


Request for rename[edit]

This thing looks nothing like an assault rifle in my book (primarily they're supposed to be automatic), a battle rifle more like it, but still, unless there ever was a canonical name for it (I highly doubt that), I think it should've been named simply as Rifle (Doom) from the start. What do you think? Unmaker 17:37, 14 October 2013 (UTC)

According to the Doom Bible it was called a Machine Pistol. We might make that name a redirect here but so many people have called this an "assault rifle" (I've heard it called that since joining the community way back in 1996) that I feel 100% of people will look for this name and not that more correct but more obscure one. Or of course we could redirect Assault rifle to "Machine pistol" I suppose. --Quasar 15:07, 15 October 2013 (UTC)
I see. It's called "the rifle" in the HUD caption though. As for the machine pistol, I think it was obviously supposed to be a different weapon, as 0.4 and 0.5 WADs contain some sprites for a machine gun of some sort. Probably they never bothered to code it in until it became the chaingun.
Edit: Oh, and there's another page virtually about the same thing that must have been deleted long ago. Unmaker 18:23, 15 October 2013 (UTC)
I suggest no change in that case then. There's no appreciable distinction between a "rifle" and an "assault rifle." The word rifle alone I feel is too vague for the title of this article given the historical usage of the current title. --Quasar 21:04, 15 October 2013 (UTC)