The April 1st Pony Scheme
So...where do I start?
It’s no secret that ScrewAttack has its fair share of this peculiar community that we call “bronies” – fans of the newest TV show from the popular Hasbro brand, My Little Pony. Love them or hate them, they’re here to stay, even more so after DEATH BATTLE! went all the way and release an episode just to cater that fan base. Where do I stand now, after a month of releasing what I like to call “the most ‘effed up episode of g1 Digital Forecast”?
HOW DID THE JOKE HAPPEN
“My Little Digital Forecast” didn’t cross my mind before glancing around ideas to tackle April Fools’ Day. I mean, hey, it fell on a Sunday, so you knew we were planning on something cool for that date. However, me being the guy with the ridiculous mind and drive to push everything to a higher standard, told myself to find a cool way to fool everyone. And thus, after reading issue #12 of ScrewAttack Magazine, I decided to muster my courage and go all-in for a pony-hosted forecast.
Interestingly enough, neither WaterShocker or chaos15 were involved until late March where I had discarded all of my choices; the first idea was to bring an animator to draw Rainbow Dash into the mix (easily the most popular pony in ScrewAttack thanks to her involvement in DEATH BATTLE!), but no animator was available to help out. I thought of using Urimas sprites, but even he said they were hands off to the public. Abridging was out of the question – I was not willing to watch a few episodes just to grab a couple of frames of Rainbow Dash talking, and neither was HybridRain since he’s busy with the magazine (who BTW was my first accomplice :P). At a last-ditched effort, I decided to call in chaos15 for help. I loved his comic strips, as much pony-related as it might be – so it was only natural to ask for help to him. He gladly volunteered.
But he was only there to draw, not to host. So we still had to find a cool host to help us out. After bargaining a bit with WaterShocker about researching for the g1 Spotlight (as he was scheduled to complete that duty), we both went on with this process.
As bronies would say…Oh, my Celestia.
BEING A BRONY IS…WEIRD.
That week was easily the most torture I’ve ever had, no hyperbole – and my Alliance friend Raven could easily make my head explode with his constant talk about Nippo-Icchi games and MMOs. WaterShocker, with all due respect to him, is one obsessed brony. There’s a reason why some g1s can’t stand him at all – his way of talking, no matter where he is, is full-time pony linguistics. Whether that makes him 20% cooler or not, that’s up to debate, but needless to say, I tried my best not to get too curled up with his and chaos15's antics and kept them in check to concentrate on the project. Thankfully, g1 Spotlight researching remained fairly limited to, well, g1 Spotlight talk. To give credit where it’s due, he knows how to tone it down when required, as he is passionate towards the g1 community as much as he is towards the brony fandom, but I learned my lesson that week: if you don’t want pony talk with a brony, don’t even MENTION the word “pony” to them. It’ll save you the trouble. (Kind of ironic since this entry if filled with ponies, don't ya think?)
Then again, I could have taken this a step further and make myself a full-blown brony at April Fools, and it all seemed like it when I switched my current Twitter avatar (Trainer Kyubey) to a Twilight Sparkle one. Hell, even Darkhyrulelord was planning to do so with what he “kindly” calls “the pink demon” (if you don’t know what he’s talking about, good – your eyes are still virgin towards this fandom), but both of us hesitated and decided to keep it toned down for the rest of the day.
That said, My Little Digital Forecast did happen. The response?
I must admit that I want all these ponies out of my head as soon as possible, since I’m from a time and country where people don’t treat those who like…well, “girly” stuff kindly. But let’s face the truth: ponies are here to stay. And no matter how much you want to wash them off your head, you still know that won’t happen; as much as I want to stop thinking about pink equines breaking the 4th wall or mentally-unstable animals uttering a single line from a script JUST TO MAKE AN ENTIRE FANBASE SOIL THEIR PANTS OUT OF SHEER AMAZEMENT (oh dear lord), they’re now in my mind and it’s the kind of stuff that tempts me to watch the show just to see what’s the fuzz all about. I mean, you can’t talk crap about something unless you try it, huh? Darkhyrulelord – our resident “pink demon” hater – managed to squeeze through season 1, and while he still has a couple of nightmares and his face is forever scarred after numerous self-warlock punches for going through the show (most likely because all the musical scores…)…he’s still in one piece. Yet he didn’t like the experience at all. He'll probably warlock punch me and kill me to save me from the torture. Meh.
Soooooooo…what’s next for me? Dunno. I’m most likely going to finish G1 Transformers first before even thinking about going on to the daunting task of watching every episode of MLP. I might as well enjoy the best of Hasbro’s flagship properties, don’t ya think? And I know people’s going to hate me for going through this, but seriously. I know there are limits. I know I can’t be another WaterShocker, with all due respect for him and his obsessive attitude towards the property. I just can’t picture myself being so involved into something I might love…OHWAIT…
Yeah…That…ugh. Busted. You know, that could be a cool topic for a future blog. Then again, no g1 complains about Zelda fans…why should they complain about Midna fans?
Ah. Right. That.
JETZ.acx signing off!
Like if really use Google+ lately...I do have Raptr though.
Well this was an intersting read. Can't belive I missed it when it first came out. Thanks God (Celestia?) that we can now sub! XD
Is nice that I wasn't the target in the rant (woried for a second there). I prefer to keep my pony talk reserve only for other bronies and will never bring it up to a non-fan unless the other person brings it up first. And I was just having a little fun with WatterShoker by spouting memes. I don't want people to think of me as "that guy who only talks about ponies " ,even if ponies are involved for like 35% of my day.
Anyways. It was awesome working on this. And if you ever need something like this again just ask me.
What surprise me if that it didn't make it to Equstria Daily.... that would have been nice.
Also the musical scores are one of the best parts of the show. Call me a fan of camp, but is so cheesy and (classic) Disneyish is hard not to smile..... speaking of wich you didn't mention anything about the song we use on this. Not like it is important. But it is a really cool remix.
Just give me the specifics, and I'll be sure to tag along!
That's the plan - it's actually going to be about WMB itself. You're free to join in if you want, if you're not too busy.
Good Job Sire
Do the Midna blog. When Site 2.0 launches. It'd be, like, perfect. Or something.
I just want to add that I've been constantly talking to DarkHyruleLord during his "Tortureathon" and was constantly curious as to why he keeps watching it if he seems to hate it.
This can go for many, many things in life that you have control of: why do it in the first place if you're not enjoying this?
His response was: "The internet challenged me." I responded by saying: "You don't have to prove anything to the internet, the bronies, or even me. You watched a few episodes, gave your own fair review of it, I fully respect it!" DHL is a friend (And also a very good writer!)
However, he did end up watching the season 2 first episodes and from what I understand did find some liking to Discord, so at least he got some "fun" out of it.
But the point still stands: If you don't like the show, even after giving it a fair shot, the last thing ANY brony would try to make you do is watch the rest of it. Now, there are a few exceptions, like watching what some believe to be weak episodes or watching an episode that's centered around a character you don't like, (I wouldn't recommend "Party of one" to DHL, for example. Even though most bronies praise this episode, he doesn't like the character, terrible match.) but as a whole, many episodes can be a good representation of what you'd expect from the show, and if you didn't like it, by all means and with all due respect: don't watch it.
It's not about peer pressure. I've never been swooned to do something just because someone tells me to do so. I laugh at the constant jokes but cringe at the thought of watching a kids show at my age. But I must admit that if I were 5 years younger I would be a full-fledged brony just like the ones you so dread. Which is why I'm on the fence.
Believe it or not I did watch the first episode. I didn't exactly enjoy it myself, but I do understand why it so happens to be loved in the first place. You're misunderstanding my article - I'm not here to call anyone batshit insane, because if you read that last part, I can call myself insane too for giving too much love to a Zelda companion. Will I watch the show? I really don't know right now. But I do it be cause I want to, not because someone insists me in doing so.
For fucks sake you don't have to watch something just because some other people do. You spend an entire blog talking about how they're all batshit crazy and then go "I better watch the whole series myself then!" which makes no sense. Don't want to watch it? Don't watch it. Who gives a rats ass if there are a bunch of loons blabbing on about it?
I for one don't give a damn about the Pony craze, I saw the show, it was average. I still think the episode was the best troll ever.
Nice blog JETZ.acx, it was interesting to see how this whole sha-bang happened.
Now THIS, was an interesting read! Awesome blog!
I'll handle next year's prank.
Midna.... Ah yes good article...
JETZ.ACX IS BEST PONY!
Now in all seriousness, it was a fun little April fools' prank, and I'm glad that you treated it like a joke and that we're still in good terms. I highly respect you for all you've been doing for the g1 community as well :)
I know how to tone it down in front of my friends. When Woodyman asks me to research g1 blogs, I don't specifically look for MLP blogs to put on the spotlight because: A. That would be unprofessional B. Woody is a friend, and when he asks for something specifically, I fully respect it and do what he asks for. Sometimes, there are good pony blogs that I like, but I don't emphasize on them, this is a g1/gaming website, after all.
And that goes for all the friends I made here!