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Do you want a toy gun that inspired one of the most iconic weapons in video games from the legend himself? If so then good news, John Romero is auctioning a TootsieToy Dakota shotgun, the exact type that inspired the design of the shotgun in Doom.

The shotgun from Doom is one of the most iconic weapons and its design was based on the TootsieToy Dakota shotgun. This is not the one that was used to create the iconic weapon but it’s one of several like it. This is one that is owned by Romero and it comes in the original package.

Romero is auctioning it through eBay. At the time of writing, 24 bids have been made with the highest one at $810 USD. Because this is a toy gun, the sale is only limited to US based customers. The winner will also have the chance to have it signed. The auction is set to end on March 20th at 12:07 pm.

Even though Romero is known to put up iconic game memorabilia for sale on eBay, this is the first time the TootsieToy Dakota shotgun has been listed. In the past he has put up his copy of Doom II (three times), Wolfenstein 3D (sold for $1,025), the iD Anthology (sold for $1,130) and Daikatana (sold for $243.50). Other memorabilia he has auctioned include a XL Doom T-shirt, a copy of Masters of Doom: How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop Culture by David Kushner.

John Romero is a pioneer in the gaming world having co-founded id Software in the 90โ€™s alongside John Carmack and Tom Hall. His gaming credits include work on Wolfenstein 3D, the Doom series and Quake just to name a few while also coining the multiplayer term โ€œdeathmatchโ€.

In 2015; he established Romero Games Ltd., an independent game studio located in Galway, Ireland. Their first title, Gunman Taco Truck was released in January 2017, and it was highly praised. Empire of Sin was the studios second title, and it was released in December 2020 for all major consoles and the PC.

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