So I was driving home from school and I kinda thought of something. A lot of people seem to think that based on how I write my music (trust me, if you had to take a shot for anytime my music was compared to kingdom hearts you’d be dead), I must be a fan of ‘this game’ or ‘that game.’
Rose of May is Beatrix’s theme from FF9.
Interesting side note: the first place I ever read the word ‘brony’ was on HCBailly’s forum.
Some local bronies are trying to raise money for a convention this fall. I haven’t been able to contribute yet due to finances, but I thought I’d get the word out in case anyone was interested.
Some new music for you guys. I think it’s one of my better pieces. I hope you like it!
It’s not too late for a Christmas song, is it? I uploaded this a few weeks ago, but neglected to share it here. Happy new year, everyone!
Calvin:Well, Hobbes, I guess we learned a valuable lesson from this duplicating mess.
Hobbes:And that is?
Calvin:And that is, um… it’s that, well… OK, so we didn’t learn any big lesson. Sue me.
Hobbes:Live and don’t learn, that’s us.
Thus ended one of the classic storylines from Calvin and Hobbes, one of the best comic strips of all time. The ever mischievous Calvin created a duplicate of himself. The equally mischievous clone proceeded to clonehimself, eventually leading to five copies of Calvin running around. These Calvins got the real Calvin in even more trouble than he usually gets into himself. In the end, Calvin was able to find a solution that kept his duplicates happy and out of his hair, which led to the exchange above.
Of course, the idea of duplicates is not an unfamiliar theme in speculative fiction. If I remember correctly, Heroes, The Batman, and Buzz Lightyear of Star Command all featured minor characters who could duplicate themselves. Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends had an episode that featured a multitude of nearly identical copies of Bloo. And just this year an episode of Gravity Falls (written by MLP’s own M.A. Larson) aired in which Dipper made duplicates of himself. However, this week’s episode of My Little Pony seems to resemble the Calvin and Hobbes story the most.
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This season’s off to a great start, in my opinion. We’ve got more Luna, more Shining Armor and Cadence, more impressive magic, and hints of an epic ongoing storyline. All in all, I think the season premier was excellent.
However, it did have a few problems. There’s one thing in particular that I didn’t like about the episodes. No, it’s not KingSombreroSombra. I’ll admit that he’s the least interesting of the four major villains we’ve seen so far. But his role in the episode was to raise the stakes and to be a menacing threat to the empire, not to be a personal adversary. In other words, he was more like Sauron than Saruman. I think he was very successful in that role.
No, the biggest problem I had with the premiere was actually the ‘Success’ song at the end of the second episode.
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I don’t really mind spoilers, in general. I don’t object to reading descriptions of episode before they air, or watching short preview clips. But when you show an 8-minute preview of a 44-minute season premier, you’ve exceeded the bounds of good taste, in my opinion. So I’ve avoided the recent spoiler videos, and I was annoyed when I saw a spoiler today in an official MLP tweet.
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I just started playing the first episode of MLP Online, and it’s incredible! It feels like I’m playing an old-school Squaresoft RPG, but with ponies! The presentation is beautiful, and it seems full of brony references and humor. That’s not to say that it doesn’t have any flaws. It has a number of bugs and incomplete features, and the whole game crashed on me. But as a whole I think it’s great, especially considering that it’s a free fan-made game. Hopefully future releases will fix the problems. I’m looking forward to more!
By the way, even though it’s called “MLP Online”, all that has been released so far is the first episode of the offline, single player campaign. Just FYI.