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  • 350 weeks
    GET OUT OF HERE, S.U.C.K.E.R.--A review of Stalker: Southern Comfort

    You are cold and hungry. Your pockets are filled to the brim with glowing Artifacts; the coveted treasures of the Zone. As you run through the abandoned factory for the 100th time, you provoke a sneer of contempt from a familiar foe.

    "Get out of here, stalker!" chides the burly guard on the catwalk above. It is his eternal refrain, regardless of whether you're entering or leaving.

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  • 366 weeks
    So, was anyone else at MLP-Minneapolis?

    'Cause it was pretty sweet. I managed to get some quick chats in with Andrea Libman, Michelle Creber, and M.A. Larson.

    Also, my friend was commissioned to draw some suggestive artwork by a mysterious green-haired man who promptly vanished into the haze of sweat and cheeto dust. I'm pretty sure he was a ghost.

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  • 379 weeks
    The Definition of Insanity...

    ...is buying an Xbox 360 pretty much for the sole purpose of playing Dark Souls II.

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  • 387 weeks
    We Have No Shame (/mlp/ theme song)

    If you use a trip, do you know how much we're pissed?
    (The mods are asleep, post horse vaginas)
    After the Scruffening, can your dick be pleased
    without precious pics of crotchteats?

    I've derailed your thread a thousand times
    And your waifu is far, far from fine
    Pleb compared to mine

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  • 388 weeks
    Some random musings on Fallout: Equestria

    As I implied in another post, I've been playing some Fallout: New Vegas. Awesome game--glitchy, but once you get all your favorite mods working, it's an unforgettable experience. As I raced around in my underwear and American flag bandana while stabbing muscular men in the balls, (I'm pretty sure I was in the game when this happened) I began to reflect on That One Story with the Little Cartoon

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Jan
6th
2014

Some random musings on Fallout: Equestria · 7:38am Jan 6th, 2014

As I implied in another post, I've been playing some Fallout: New Vegas. Awesome game--glitchy, but once you get all your favorite mods working, it's an unforgettable experience. As I raced around in my underwear and American flag bandana while stabbing muscular men in the balls, (I'm pretty sure I was in the game when this happened) I began to reflect on That One Story with the Little Cartoon Horses that Shoot Each Other.

Yes, I'm talking about Fallout: Equestria, the fanfic that spawned a fandom within a fandom. I've never really understood the appeal of that story, to be honest. The beef I have with it isn't one of quality, nor is it an objection to its mature content, but one concerning its central premise.

I've never cared much for pony fanfics that are ponified versions of existing popular media. Granted, Fallout: Equestria is far more than a straight copy-paste (a sin which a number of lesser fics are guilty of) but something about ponifying Fallout in particular just doesn't work for me.

Here's why: as I see it, the Fallout universe is optimized for telling a story about a very specific time and place on Earth. It is about a nation drunk from the thrill of victory after World War II. A nation that swept its fears under a charming rug of earnest schoolchildren, pipe-smoking fathers, and housewives with vacant smiles. A nation that worshiped the wondrous power of the Atom even as it wondered what demons this new god would give birth to.

Fallout reflects on the dreams of that era, and comes to a frightening realization as to how many of these dreams were nightmares in disguise. For though the wasteland teems with sadistic bandits and vicious mutants, none of these would have been born without a far greater evil. An evil wrought by the hands of selfish politicians, heartless business magnates, and bloodthirsty generals. In the world of Fallout, the future sought by 1950's America could only conclude in nuclear annihilation.

It is said that the fear of death can inspire us to cling to things we hope will make us feel more important--perhaps through extravagant materialism, perhaps through fanatical nationalism, perhaps through self-serving and thin religious practices. I can think of nothing that illustrates this so beautifully as America at the start of the Cold War.

I simply don't see how it works to move the setting to Equestria. But if you're a fan of the story, don't let my opinion get to you. I don't look down on anyone for liking it, and if you think you have a good counterpoint, feel free to chat with me about it.

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I would say that the reason why Fallout Equestria works do well isn't because Fallout is made better by ponies but because ponies are made better by Fallout. Like you've stated one of the themes of Fallout is the fall of a nearly Utopian society. Well why not replace that society with the perfectly Utopian society of Equestria?

This idea of Equestria's fall is appealing to a lot of people and the universe of Fallout is a great setting for something like that. People like the idea of destroying something completely innocent and seeing how it reacts.

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