Saturday, 22 March 2014
For some reason I had never previously seen the documentary, aptly named Bronies: The Extremely Unexpected Adult Fans of My Little Pony. I remember back before the first BUCK in 2012 hearing about John De Lancie's fondness of our community. It was pretty uplifting that such a notable actor had really expressed his interest in something as seemly obscure as male fans of My Little Pony. This was when he went on to quickly announce that he was working with a brony owned film company to create a Documentary all about our 'little' subculture. The response was ecstatic in the US, but interest didn't really come to the UK until De Lancie announced he was intending to come to our first ever Brony Convention, BUCK. The Kickstarter donation drive shot through the roof with UK bronies eager to get the Draconequus' VA to make an appearance. Sadly he couldn't make it but he did nicely leave us a lovely video message and of course, the film crew still managed to come and get some cracking footage of BUCK.
It is a massive shame to hear about Jan Animations receiving a C&D from Hasbro's underground and shady law makers. But as we all expected, it was bound to happen. Let's hope the team has had a plan for this up their sleeve for because it'd be a complete waste of talent to see them stop. Maybe it means a different art style? Change Button into a Ferret? Yeah I think that's the best idea there is. My Little Ferret sounds like the best dodge of IP infringement.
Obviously Hasbro was well in their right to do this, but lets hope something can be worked out among them. I remember seeing Jan over at Galacon last year where their premiered Button's Adventure. Was a great experience, very glad I got the chance to have it before it was too late.
Thursday, 13 March 2014
Well, turns out she was indeed added for a reason. Pinkie's new sister, Maud, is appearing in this Saturday's episode and damn she's looking great. Sort of has an expression like she's just so completely done with everyone and everything. Also that blue coat thing, what's there not to like! I'm gonna assume her special talent is putting up with Pinkie's shit. According to the synopsis of this episode the rest of the mane 6 aren't going to get on with her! Maybe she eats ponies? We'll have to wait till Saturday to find out.
So, well done to the web for living this long, lets hope you keep on going for another 25 years yet!
Wednesday, 12 March 2014
So the Finnish Brony Con, that's been several years in the making and is happening just short of a couple of months have announced MLP's music wizz, Daniel Ingram. This is the first convention he's ever been to outside of the US, and as far as I aware he's quite the elusive one with Hasbro denying him from attending cons last year.
If you aren't already going to Crystal Fair, this surely this has to sway you to swim across the pond, battle the Frenchies and walk across Europe, because missing Daniel Ingram is simply not an option.
Check out their official press release after the break!
Honestly, I'm so pleased with this small announcement, even if the episode doesn't turn out all that well it's just the character development there in just one line of text, it's brilliant. I don't know why it has never occured to me before, the only way Rainbow Dash could be a Wonderbolt is by being on the reserve list! Since, she's damn good, we all know that, she's saved the Wonderbolts on many occasions and has time and time again showed them how capable of a flyer she is. Heck she's proved to be probably better than most of the current members. But she could never really become a Wonderbolt as it would take her away from Ponyville, ultimately taking her away from the show for the most part. So her being on the Reserves makes a ton of sense, she'll technically be a Wonderbolt (finally!) and she'll still be able to continue being the weather pony for Ponyville and going on all those crazy adventures with her friends.
Really can't wait for this episode now and I'm not even the biggest fan of Dash episodes. Also as a side thing, I love every time it is confirmed that the Wonderbolts are in fact a military organisation, rather than show flyers.
As it's my duty as a journalist to a report on whats correct (such as the time aliens landed in Covent Garden) I am obliged to mentioned, though you should have known the get go, that the Pony Dating Sim game posted a few days ago happens to be a huge scam by a "comedy troupe" Million Dollar Entertainment. Good ol' /mlp/ decided to go on a rampage to properly expose the scam, and well they did just that. This has caused the Kickstarter to drop massively from 4200 dollars to around 1500 and is expected to drop further.
One of the guys behind this scam came forward with a damage control video, which though hilarious in many ways I won't link to on here as it contents less than savoury material, though it won't be hard to find it if you want a few laughs.
As it happens, the Game Devs, I mean Scam Artists are being shamed as massive failures in all sense of the word. Now, if someone would make a real dating sim with horses, that'd be pretty nifty right? Remember, they're meant to be like Professor Layton, I am pretty damn sure of it.
Monday, 10 March 2014
As it happens there is going to be an episode in the up-coming series that pays homage to our sub-culture. The episode is called "The Equestranauts" which to me sounds like the name of Equestria's astronauts that landed on Luna's butt that one time. But yeah, I do hope it's a sci-fi in Bob's universe because that'd be a cool twist. Could get the Trekies and Bronies out in one episode.
Sunday, 9 March 2014
Well, here we have it, a pony dating game. Shouldn't be too surprised really to see this, but before any of you guys start shaming the game just because of that one here Brony Dating Site (that's ran by scammers btw) this game is actually pretty damn nifty. It's PG13, like many dating sims, they're more about building friendships and falling in love rather than getting nasty behind the bikesheds. Oh and don't forget the puzzle solving and story telling, some of you might not know this but Prof. Layton is secretly a dating sim, this is legit I swear. The Game Developers are holding a Kickstart fund riser, you can check that out here.
The art work is damn amazing and the voice acting is very nice. The game is heavily referencing Japanese Dating Sims and isn't really all that MLP:FiM beyond the character's base design, which hopefully should be enough to keep Hasbro's ban hammer away. Now the game makers are promising a lot, with over 100+ hours of game play, frankly i'd be happy we just a 2 hour game, but if they are confident they can produce something of such scale, all the luck to them.
Saturday, 8 March 2014
As it happens I'm going to New York in two weeks, as this year marks my 21st, my brother's 18th and my father's 60th and retirement. Though we're in fact going on my mother's birthday. Family celebrations aside, there's one specific thing I am very excited for. Ok, there's the obvious stuff. Just being in New York for one is going to be incredible, as will trying all the awesome food, riding in a yellow cab and visiting all the cool land marks. But there's one other important thing I don't want to miss out on whilst i'm over in the states and that's The Cheap and Exclusive Pony Merch!
Tuesday, 4 March 2014
If you've not yet picked one up, nows your chance! Spyker's now selling them on Etsy!