A Bethesda Account Is Required

A Bethesda Account Is Required

Origin: Doom
Year: 2019

Added 2 years ago by Adam.

Updated 7 months ago by andcallmeshirley.

Read Edit History


A Bethesda Account Is Required refers to jokes made in parody of a feature in rereleases of the first three Doom games which requires players to login to a Bethesda account to play the game. The feature irritated many players, leading parodies imagining if classic video games and other electronic devices required a Bethesda account to use. Bethesda quickly promised they would make the online login feature optional after public outcry.


On July 26th, 2019, Bethesda announced that Dooms I, II, and III were rereleased on the Nintendo Switch, Playstation 4, Windows, Google Stadia, and Xbox One and were currently available for purchase.[1] One of the features of the rerelease required players to log-in to a Bethesda account before playing, and forcing players to create an account if they wanted to play.[2]



Players were unhappy with being forced to create a Bethesda account to play the games. Players quickly parodied the feature by posting photoshops in which it appeared other classic video games asked players to log in to a Bethesda account to play. Twitter user @rockcock64[3] tweeted such a parody using Super Mario, gaining over 3,000 retweets and 10,000 likes (shown below, left). Many people posted different versions in the replies to the tweet. For example, Twitter user @The_Shadow_Hog[4] tweeted an example from Castlevania, gaining over 290 retweets and 910 likes (shown below, right).


Others created video parodies to mock the requirement. Twitter user @Kavaducky tweeted a video parody featuring Pokémon Gold, gaining 27 retweets and 62 likes (shown below, top). User @bobbyblackwolf posted an example imagining if one had to have a Bethesda account to drive a Tesla car (shown below, bottom).

Bethesda quickly stated that the log-in feature was intended to be optional for all players. The feature was implemented so Bethesda's Slayers Club members would be rewarded for playing the games. Bethesda stated that they were working on a fix (shown below).[5]

Top entries this week

Various Examples

Search Interest


External References

Latest Editorial And News

Recent Videos (1)

Recent Images (15)



Additional References

Entry Editors (3)

Request Editorship

Know Your Meme Universal Champion

Sr. Entry Moderator

Digital Archaeologist & Treasurer & Collection Butler


The latest from KYM


At a Florida Panthers hockey game on Tuesday, Florida rapper Kodak Black was seen receiving a lap dance in a box suite. This moment quickly became a meme, with references to Black and what he appeared to be doing taking off online.

Jan 12th, 2022 07:42 PM

Forget YouTube, the best comment sections are on TikTok.

Jan 12th, 2022 06:42 PM

Once again, the world's Karens are up to no good.

Jan 12th, 2022 05:43 PM

Now that's a reason to gather a full party.

Jan 12th, 2022 03:53 PM

On Instagram, not many accounts have carved a deeper niche than Incellectuals. Back in 2019, the chronically-online level of engagement inspired curiosity among its followers. We got the chance to talk to two of the anonymous admins last November.

Jan 12th, 2022 05:35 PM
See more