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The Terminator 2 easter egg you may have missed in Doom Eternal

The Terminator franchise is among Hollywood's most recognized and beloved action series. Although some of the later entries in the series have suffered "dark fates" at the hands of the box office and review boards, the first 2 Terminator movies have arguably stood the test of time, and helped solidify Arnold Schwarzenegger as one of the biggest action stars of the generation.

Doom is one of gaming's most iconic and well-known action franchises. Today, first-person shooters are commonplace, but back in 1993, Doom and its predecessor, Wolfenstein 3D, were defining the genre, ripping and tearing their way through hordes of enemies and players' hearts.

With that in mind, it's only natural that these two powerhouses of action and carnage should cross paths. The Doom franchise is known for crazy secrets, including the appearance of the series' co-creator's head in Doom 2. 2020's Doom Eternal pays homage to Arnold's iconic T-800. Like many things in the Doom universe, however, a sacrifice must be paid.

Hasta la vista, Doomguy

Spoiler ahead for those who haven't seen Terminator 2: Judgement Day. The final scene sees the Terminator opting to lower himself into a vat of molten steel, sacrificing himself and ridding the world of the technology that, as the future has shown, leads to the end of the world as we know it. As he is engulfed in flames, the last image that audiences see of him is an iconic "thumbs up" that he throws to John and Sarah Connor.

This is where Bethesda's run-and-gun title comes in. As the Doom Slayer, you are faced with many hazards and enemies along your adventure, many times in areas surrounded by lava. If Doomguy falls into this lava, you can save yourself by jumping to safety, but when your health runs out, you'll see a death animation, followed by a "thumbs up," as the screen fades to Game Over.

In a game full of fun easter eggs, this is one of the more subtle ones. This is a case of an icon recognizing an icon.