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Worlds Collide: The My Little Pony iOS Game

Sometimes there’s a perfect storm, when different avenues of my weird personality collide. The [My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic](https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/my-little-pony-friendship/id533173905?mt=8) game by Gameloft (for iPhone and iPad) is out. The game itself is free, but they’ll try to sell you coins and gems. The basic mechanic is a town builder similar to We Rule or Tiny Tower (and countless others that I lost patience with long ago), but set in Ponyville. And it’s absolutely lousy with MLP goodness.

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic for iPad

Fans will be happy to know that Gameloft didn’t just phone this one in. The art is good. The voices are great (they use the original voice actors). The music is *perfect*. The cast is wide and varied, and more than likely includes your favorite background pony, no matter how obscure. There’s even sort of a plot/storyline, beyond just “build your town and get lots of stuff”. Derpy even plays her adorable part.

Nits to pick: there’s not much variety in the minigames (you’ll play a *lot* of bouncy ball and catch the apple to level ponies up), and some of them are kind of jerky and don’t feel quite right. I found a typo (Pinkie Pie’s name is misspelled “Pinky Pie” on her caption when she’s speaking, but is correctly spelled elsewhere). At its core, it’s just an addictive, nagging “come play with us!” game that will bug you to keep coming back. Progress can be slow at times, but that’s because they want you to cough up real money for bits and gems to speed things up. Typical for the genre. What will keep bringing you back are the ponies. They’re just so dang adorable!

The social aspect is also seriously broken right now. Besides the fact that “Gameloft Live” is hard to figure out (adding friends, etc.), there are widespread reports on [/r/mylittlepony/](http://www.reddit.com/r/mylittlepony/comments/12v8dv/mlpfim_official_iphone_and_ipad_app/) of simply not being able to connect with friends, service errors, etc. I might be willing to chalk it up to high demand on launch day – we’ll see how it goes. At any rate, I’m jabancroft on GLLive, if you want to add me. You can also connect with Facebook, but it didn’t find any friends for me. Could be because no one is playing/connected there yet.

There are a thousand ways this game could have gone wrong, and for the most part, Gameloft nailed it. The bronies are appeased (and lets face it, we’re the target audience, if for no other reason than we have more disposable income than six year old girls 😀 ).

See you in Ponyville.

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Bronyism in Modern Culture: My Five Minute Ignite Portland Talk on Why I Love My Little Pony

I’ve been involved with Ignite Portland from the very beginning. I helped get it started five years ago, and helped lead the planning of the event nine times. I’ve taken a break from planning the event, but it will always hold a place in my heart. After Ignite Portland 10, almost on a whim, I submitted a talk proposal entitled “Bronyism in Modern Culture: WTF is Up with My Little Pony?!“. Fast forward a few months, my talk idea was selected, and I shared it in Ignite format (20 slides, 15 seconds each, total of 5 minutes) on stage in front of about 500 people at Ignite Portland 11 on September 19, 2012.

This is the (very well done!) final video of my talk:

The highlight of the event was the people who came up to me afterwards, to introduce themselves as fellow bronies and pegasisters. Sometimes boldly, sometimes bashfully. It was wonderful to meet them, and share that connection.

Some people commented to me that I was really brave to share what I did, but it didn’t feel like bravery to me. Sure, I was a little nervous (about talking, not about the topic). But I was able to share something I love in front of a large audience, and I didn’t die. You won’t, either. Keep that in mind the next time you’re facing something that makes you nervous.

You can view/download the slide deck on Slideshare. I used Pinterest to research and gather material for my talk, and credits for all the amazing artwork and photography I used in the talk can be found here: http://pinterest.com/jabancroft/ponies/

Thanks to the show’s creators, cast, and the brony community for being awesome! brohoof :-)

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