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Posted: Oct 30th 2011 2:25PM (Unverified) said

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I've watched the show with my 5 year old niece when she made me put it on for her. It was surprisingly entertaining.

But I'm not going to play a MLP mmo.

Posted: Oct 30th 2011 2:27PM (Unverified) said

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Posted it in the Kotaku thread, and I'll post it here.

This is a very good article as to why a large group of bronies like My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.

http://life.icrontic.com/article/why-grown-ass-men-love-my-little-pony-friendship-is-magic-so-much/

Posted: Oct 30th 2011 3:42PM Nenene said

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You know, bronies are okay with me.

As long as they don't write/draw/produce/imply MLP porn.

Shine on, you crazy diamonds.

Posted: Oct 30th 2011 3:54PM tidalkraken said

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@Nenene Well, you know about rule #34 of the internet, so there shouldn't be any surprise there.
However, I was surprised to find out as a Brony that a lot of bronies are like me: simply against the idea of pornography being made with / about MLP characters. There's actually quite a bit of backlash from the majority of the community, and that majority is saying "we don't want rule 34 of this".

Surprising, really.
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Posted: Oct 30th 2011 4:06PM (Unverified) said

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hey more news about the next wow expansion, opps! my bad

Posted: Oct 30th 2011 4:28PM Nenene said

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OH YOU

I don't know what it says about Blizzard that for a split second I was like 'Yeah, I can see that'
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Posted: Oct 30th 2011 4:13PM real65rcncom said

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I don't get this fetish at all.

Posted: Oct 30th 2011 4:18PM (Unverified) said

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I'm just wondering if anyone has mentioned what engine(s) these MMOs are based on, or if they are building their own...

Posted: Oct 30th 2011 5:32PM Brendan Drain said

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@(Unverified) Equestria Online is using the Unity 3D engine and I believe MLP Online is rolling its own tech.
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Posted: Oct 31st 2011 12:01AM (Unverified) said

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@Brendan Drain Interesting. Thanks for the info!
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Posted: Oct 30th 2011 4:21PM (Unverified) said

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*face palm*

Posted: Oct 30th 2011 4:38PM hereafter said

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The term "brony" is kind of lame, but only because it implies that male fans can't enjoy it without identifying as a member of some special group. I like tons of cartoons that are supposed to be for kids and heck, I'd even probably enjoy MLP based on who's working on it, but I sure as hell don't want to identify with a bunch of dudes calling themselves "bronies." No thanks. I'll check back in when people stop acting like it's some big thing that requires solidarity.

Posted: Oct 30th 2011 5:03PM JuliusSeizure said

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@hereafter

I watch it and enjoy it without being a brony. I think all you have to do is not get involved in the fan community or obsess over it in general.

It's a great show for what it is, and that's as far as my investment goes.
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Posted: Oct 30th 2011 5:29PM (Unverified) said

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@hereafter

I know it's probably not what you meant, but what I'm hearing is "I don't want to like something if it means I might get labeled". Or worse, "I don't want people to know I like something if they might associate me with people who also like it." Seems just as silly as the people who coined the term, doesn't it?

Just because people might label you as something, doesn't make the label accurate. You shouldn't feel compelled to avoid something you might actually enjoy because you don't like other people associated with it. Dealing with a mass of people who make you look bad to the world at large is practically the price of admission for playing MMOs, after all.
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Posted: Oct 30th 2011 6:08PM paterah said

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@hereafter The label has only as much value as you are giving it. You don't have to be part of any group or community should you decide to watch this show.
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Posted: Oct 30th 2011 6:12PM hereafter said

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@paterah

true, but I'm moving through Scrubs again and have intentions to watch Breaking Bad, Dexter, and possibly the entire Batman Animated Series, plus Gears 3, Arkham City, Bastion, a little Champions, oh and finding a new job, so there's plenty of other reasons not to dive in yet.
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Posted: Oct 30th 2011 6:09PM hereafter said

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To be honest, the word just makes me cringe. I don't know why. Maybe I wouldn't mind if it were a less obnoxious word.

But to address your concern less superficially: I have no problem with being labeled, but this is different. It's a term invented by male fans to identify themselves and create solidarity. I simply don't think a single cartoon warrants that. It's an insecure thing to do. I like Spongebob, Chowder, Flapjack and others, but fans of those shows don't name themselves.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying people can't or shouldn't create a community around a show. I even like a lot of the memes that get interpreted through the MLP lens. I like that the cartoon appeals to a wide audience; I think we need more of those. I even love the style. I just have a personal aversion to the term and the vibe surrounding the fans and don't feel like associating with them. And since I have plenty of entertainment on my plate without MLP, and none of my friends ever bring it up, I have little motivation to move past that aversion. I'll catch it someday maybe, just not now.
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Posted: Oct 30th 2011 6:02PM (Unverified) said

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I like the show, but I don't identify as a "Brony." I downloaded the show to watch with my young niece, because I heard it was enjoyable, and she always asks me to actually watch shows WITH her. That's a big thing, when you have to watch a kids show, having one that's actually fun to watch is a huge relief. Most of them suck.

So, we watched a few episodes, and I had them downloaded on my computer. Then, one day I was looking for something I didn't really have to pay attention to, to watch while PVPing in WoW. MLP won out. I ended up watching almost the entire first season, and I will likely watch more when I'm in the same situation in the future, or when I have to watch my niece again.

I'll even admit I drew a few MLP vectors and put them on my deviantArt account. In the spirit of being honest though, I'll also admit that my motivation for doing so was at least equal parts enjoyment of the show and knowledge that MLP gets a lot of views.

Still, I'm not going to join a MLP community forum to discuss the latest episode or who the coolest pony is. (Rainbow Dash, by about 20%)

All that said, I think I can point out a few things that explain why I like this show, and I feel these reasons will apply to many males in their 20s.

1. The characters are not simple. They are well written, with flaws and talents, unique personalities, and individual personal stories. They are written as young adults or teens, not children, although they aren't very mature. After all, they have to go through experiences and learn lessons applicable to children, but still, they have that little something that makes them relatable. Each main pony has a very different and unique attitude and personality that makes each pony SOMEONE'S favorite.

2. The art is really beautiful. Sure it's simple, and that's also why it appeals to fan artists so much, but it's also very nicely designed. The animation is smooth, the character designs are interesting and just complicated enough, and as this is a magical world, you occasionally get to see things like a manticore, or a dragon, or a Sonic Rainboom. Screenshots don't really do it justice, you have to see some of the more past paced scenes to really come to appreciate it.

3. It's funny. If you've ever laughed at a cartoon for kids, this is one that can do that, and do it frequently. As pointed out before, the creator has worked on sever popular cartoon series, and she knows how to get a laugh from the older audience without being inappropriate for the core audience.

4. It presents one of the few representations of girls that are actually good characters in and of themselves. In most TV, girls are relegated to girlfriends, and other one-dimensional stereotypes. TV is still very sexist, one way or another. Whether it's the one-dimensional girl characters, or the fumbling, idiot husband sitcom, gender barriers stand strong. MLP dares to break down the gender barrier and say people are people, and girls can be just as complex as boys. Girls can enjoy a show with adventure and involved plot too. As a result, the pony girls are actually very relatable for both sexes. You get characters that you end up thinking, "Wow, I wouldn't mind hanging out with her, and not because I'm attracted to her, but because she's cool."

5. It's really, very cute. I know, I know, "Cute" isn't a descriptor one thinks of for our demographic. But that's the problem! I love Dexter, Breaking Bad and Sons of Anarchy, but I always finish those shows feeling kinda bad or distressed. I love the character drama, but nothing good ever happens to these people, and if it does, it certainly doesn't last. You finish each episode going "Oh, god, what's going to happen to these people next?" MLP offers a welcome break from that. Not just in the way of adult comedies that offer a laugh, but in mood brightening cuteness. You watch these ponies, and you can't help but smile. Their adorable, and their fun, and spending 20 minutes with them is a surefire way to make yourself feel good.

So sure, MLP isn't for everyone, but I think most people would find they enjoy it if they gave it a chance. I understand that with so many great TV shows available to watch, a lot of people aren't going to want to try to fit in MLP. That's perfectly understandable.

Still, if you're one of these people going "Gag" and judging others for enjoying the show, I'm convinced you're likely also one of those people that believe strongly in gender barriers, has a tendency to call things "Gay," and is most likely sexist. If you aren't one of those people, and find yourself judging others or feeling uncomfortable about their appreciation for pretty little ponies, you should re-evaluate why that is.

Posted: Oct 30th 2011 6:23PM (Unverified) said

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Excellently put.

I'm curious, though; I keep seeing people avoiding the "brony" label fairly adamantly. As far as I've seen, it just means "male" and "likes this show". Is there some universal definition that I'm missing here? Just because a vocal minority makes a certain fandom or whatever look bad, doesn't mean it has anything to do with the definition. I like lots of things that has an embarrassing, loud vocal minority of the fan base. Does "brony" mean something more that those two points I mentioned?
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Posted: Oct 30th 2011 6:41PM (Unverified) said

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No, it's not like that. I've seen a lot of bronies I'd have no problem being friendly with. Most of them in fact. I just consider the term "Brony" to imply a certain level of fandom that I don't have. I like the show, and clearly I can talk about it extensively, but I don't go out of my way to do so. I don't join forums or make YouTube videos about it, etc. I just think the show's fun.

I also like SModcast, but I don't call myself a SModimite. I occasionally listen to music off the Psychopathic label, but I don't consider myself a Juggalo. I enjoy some Slipknot music, but I don't call myself a Maggot. I think Star Trek is enjoyable, but I don't call myself a Trekkie.

I don't mind if someone else calls me those things, (except maybe maggot, cause I might not get what they are going for if the context isn't clear LOL) but I just don't identify that way myself. It's not even an aversion to labels themselves. If I knew a word to describe Star Wars fans in that way, I'd probably adopt it, but since I'm a huge SW fan and I don't know of one, there probably isn't a universal SW fan label.

To me, labeling yourself with one of these fan labels implies you like the subject so much, you would identify it as part of your personality and life. I just don't have that level of devotion to those things.
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