2011 was a tough year for me. I lost many friends (At least I thought they were friends, that is), I fell behind on my school work, and people began to see me as a creep with mental issues (For the most trivial things, like being a teenager who likes Pokemon). There was one thing which still made 2011 the best year of my life, and that was when I discovered friendship, through a TV Show. If you're not aware of what show I'm talking about (You should be, considering you're reading a blog with "Brony" in its name), it's My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.
Now as I said, 2011 was a bit hard on me. Nothing really excited me anymore, and I was being picked on and pressured for every little thing I did wrong. I found myself praying that it would all end (Even though I only half believe in God). I couldn't have predicted that the Ponyville equestrians would be the answer to my prayers. This tale starts in June of last year, when I came across this image:
It didn't quite spark my enthusiasm, but it piqued my interest. I was intrigued, and I was wondering "Why My Little Pony?". Eventually, I came to hear of Bronies: Adult/Adolescent males of the new MLP Fandom. One day, I went to the Brony section of Memebase, just for the sake of curiosity. All these bright, colourful Pony Memes were everywhere, and I found myself having a bit of a laugh at all the memes talking about how manly the show was, and how awesome it was. I get picked on all the time for watching Pokemon, and being "Childish", so I never made fun of Bronies, neither did I go through phases of denial. I just sat down and watched the show after learning a bit about Bronies.
It was amazing! The tasty animation hooked me, and the humour and plot kept me coming back for more! At first, yes there was a bit of irony, but the same sense of irony in me being a teenager playing and watching Pokemon! Eventually, though, I realised that I had grown close to the ponies. Their diversity, their interactions, the way they work out their problems! On the outside, you see a well-oiled machine, a show which ticks all the boxes for a quality cartoon. It's modern and relevant, it's funny, it's deep and very simple and accessible at the same time, it has a hint of adult humour, and most of all, it can be a bit dark at times, but remains sweet, childlike, adorable and innocent despite! Although, it's what to be expected from Lauren Faust, known for her work on The Powerpuff Girls and Foster Home for Imaginary Friends.
One of my favourite things about the show is the song composition. They range from simple fun 30 second Pinkie Pie songs like "Cupcakes", to orchestrated masterpieces that sound like they belong in a (good) Disney movie, such as "Find A Pet", to elegant songs like "Art of the Dress", to full-length songs, with solos giving each mane character a singing role and time to shine like "At The Gala" and "Winter Wrap". I love music, just give me some Queen, KISS and Foo Fighters and we'll be best friends FOREEEEEVER!!!!!! My Little Pony has amazing composition, all thanks to Daniel Ingram!
At first it was just a show I enjoyed watching. I was a bit lonely, being that I knew no other Bronies (Out of my school of over 1000 people, I'm actually the only Brony), so I took to Facebook on a mission to find Bronies. I joined all the Brony groups and made friends, which was easy considering most of them pride themselves on Love & Tolerance. I made many Brony friends, and I found them all to be really nice.
And then, just like everything else I like, there's this minority of haters. You can't expect others to like everything, but these haters are much worse than most hate groups. They're calling us pedophiles, they're telling us there's something wrong going on in our heads, that we have no lives, simpy for enjoying a TV Show. Every time they see a pony, just one, they take to personal insults! I posted a pony picture on my Facebook, and then one of my "friends" came along and complained about it, and told me I was a loser. Usually when someone picks on me, I'm left to defend myself on my own, but this time, my Brony friends came to the rescue. This kid complaining also brought his friends in to pick on, but they taught them a lesson: Don't mess with the Brony community.
This showed me that there were still good people out there, people willing to defend a stranger from bullying. It showed me the #1 thing about My Little Pony: The Bronies. That was when it clicked, when I found that happiness hidden inside of me! As I got to know them, they turned out to be really cool people, and they thought the same of me. Read that again, people from my school: THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO DON'T THINK I'M A CREEP. I'm really a one of a kind at my school, no one is even remotely similar to me, no one has much in common with me at all, but that doesn't mean I'll have no friends or social life in my future. It means that myschoolisfullofidiotswhodon'ttakeanythinginlifeseriouslyandbettermaturesoonorthey'regonna'endupbeingeatenaliveintherealworld. In all seriousness, it shows that I'm alone. These people are just like me. These are the people who do nothing wrong, and still end up being the outcast with no friends, these are the bullying victims, those who work hard and want a future, those with a sense of modesty and acceptance that gets shoved back in their face, day in and day out, those who have faced misfortune, and the candy coloured ponies of Equestria have changed their lives.
Perhaps you're wondering who I think best pony is? That Would be Pinkie Pie! Her cheerfulness, spontaniety, humour, different view of the world and overall optimism. She can do it all; break the fourth wall, defy physics, make up words and expressions, bake cakes, host parties and babysit. Pinkie is what makes the show a cartoon, she's always over the top, hilarious and crazy!
So, if you're a Brony, I love you (No homo)! If you're a hater, continue to hate it if you really want to, but you shouldn't even be here. If you're in the middle, get out of there! Thank you, Bronies! I hope you found it to be a good read!
IGN have been very negative towards Nintendo recently. I've given up on IGN and moved here permanently, because IGN have stopped reoprting facts and resorted to being nitpicking fanboys. Every week, I go on IGN to read another story about the "Operation Rainfall" games not coming, and God knows how many "3DS is a failure, Nintendo are crap" articles from so called "Professional Gaming Journalists".
The 3DS is an excellent piece of hardware, which unfortunately didn't get the big push it needed, being that the launch games were a bit dissapointing, and the price was a bit too much. IGN jumped right on to it, basically saying it's a failure, and that it has no chance of beating the "wonderful" PS Vita. They've been trying to give them advice, acting as if they understand this more than Nintendo. The console's been out for four months, and already, it's just complaints from them. This is almost as bad as the crap from the UK Sun.
They can't say a nice thing! Nintendo has a price cut, they say "DERP! It didn't work in the past! It's a bad thing. They're going to fail! DERP!" Yesy, Nintendo have been known for cutting the prices of consoles and still not getting them sold IN THE PAST! Nintendo have become a smarter company since then, and this is not the past! If they're gong to talk about the past, how about the more recent past, which had Nintendo selling well over 200 Million Game Consoles in 5 years! They've also been saying that they should've realeased Pokemon Black and White on the 3DS for more sales. The problem with that is that Japan had it in September, the game was already in development on the DS (And a port would be stupid) and because it would sell more on the DS, because people already own it, and it's cheaper.
Then, here's their stupidest Anti-Nintendo article: "Is Nintendo Stealing From Apple?"
............................................................................................................ What?! This is the stupidest article I've ever read put out on a game website by these so called "Journalists". They're basically saying Nintendo has been stealing from Apple long before they had anything to do with each other, for things which kinda', sorta' have their similarities. Funny how they've never once question whether Sony was copying Nintendo.
I've got some of my own advice. For YOU, IGN Editors! If a game console has a few early problems, don't say it's doomed already. It's like preparing a funeral for a young boy with a cold. Maybe wait a little longer than 4 Months before calling it a failure. Also, we get that Nintendo aren't selling the 3DS by the bucketload. You don't have to repeat it over, and over, and over again. Most of all, don't troll and rant, while pretending you're giving constructive criticism.
In anticipation of WWE '12, I've decided to review all the Wrestling games I've played in order of their release. This is my opinion, and feel free to argue with it.
WCW/nWo Revenge (N64)
WCW/nWo Revenge was the first wrestling game I ever played, before I even really started to like wrestling. I really liked the game! It had a HUGE roster, simple controls, deep customization, and was overall just fun. I'm filled with regret about giving it away on my last day of Primary School, to the after school care people as a christmas gift. Although, it was a bit slow, the music was annoying and the graphics weren't that good in my opinion. I've never played WWF No Mercy, but this is the closest I ever got.
WWF Attitude (N64)
I really want to like this game! It has all these great modes and features, but I really don't like using button combos! I suck at it, and it really doesn't have much action or pacing. It had a good roster, pretty good graphics, great commentary and good music, but the gameplay just sucks!
WWF Smackdown 2: Know Your Role (PSX)
This was my second wrestling game! It was a real blast to play! Good create modes, fun matches, simple controls and a fairly good roster. My only problems are the iffy problems that plague the Smackdown series to this day, the lack of a real Season mode and that it's presentation was kind of flat.
WWF Smackdown: Just Bring It! (PS2)
The first wrestling game of the generation. I didn't really like this. The commentary was god awful, the graphics could've been better, the season mode was better, but still kinda crap, it took up half your memory card, it didn't really improve on anything and it had FRED DURST as an unlockable character! Yes, you read that right! FRED DURST! All in all, it was still a fun game!
WWE Raw (Xbox)
When I saw this game, it looked pretty cool! Looks can be deceiving, though. My brother bought this, and I played it. It was just horrible. It had some neat ideas and an alright roster, but it was slower than a dead snail, ugly, way too hard, boring, outdated, and overall just a pain to play! I don't want to play it again!
WWE Wrestlemania X-8 (GCN)
I remember being really excited about buying this! Did it live up to my hype? Kinda. It had an alright roster, a passable create-a-wrestler and the match types were all fun, especially the HIAC match which is still better than the Smackdown vs Raw 2011's by a longshot! But really, there was no real story mode. You were done with it in a couple hours.
WWE Smackdown: Shut Your Mouth (PS2)
Oh, this game! THIS GAME! It was just awesome! HUGE Season Mode, commentators who know when to shut up, good sound and graphics, good roster, and amazing depth. It did have little frustrationg problems, but Shut Your Mouth was just pure fun! It proved that the Smackdown! series still going today was there to stay
Look for part two next week, where I'll review Raw 2, Smackdown! Here Comes The Pain, WWE Day of Reckoning and the entire Smackdown vs Raw series!
Ocarina of Time 3D proves once again just how impactful and timeless the original game was
Zelda holds a very special place in my heart. It's a series that shows the magic Nintendo create. It does everything right. Back when I used to live in Geelong, a Suburb in Victoria, Australia, I went to school with some very close, good friends. We were all Nintendo fanboys, who would spend our lunch times battling and trading Pokemon. Unfortunately, when I was 10, I had to move to Newcastle, New South Wales, and I got a DS for my 10th Birthday. I started at a new school. That was where I learnt sadness. I was picked on by a group of people for not having the PSP, with all the gory games with amazing graphics. I felt alone. Despite what they said, I never gave in. A gut feeling of mine told me that it was right, that Nintendo were the way to go.
I got my Wii in 2008, for my 12th birthday, and I was told I was a retard for getting it because it didn't have HD, but I didn't let that get me down. Over the Christmas holidays, I had nothing to do, and was hearing about this awesome N64 game, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Zelda was a cool series to me at the time, but I never wanted to play. I heard about Ocarina of Time being "The greatest game of all time". I had a 64, but I couldn't find the original game for a good price, so I got it off Wii Virtual Console.
My jaw dropped right from the start, seeing Link riding his trusty steed, Epona, in the background while hearing the calming MIDI music in the background. The opening cutscene just felt so lively and epic. I got my fairy and explored around Kokiri Forest, already getting a feel of the vast scope of the game. I went inside the Deku Tree. I was hopeless at the time, but it was an absolute blast going through this hollowed tree.
I went out into Hyrule Field, which was where the game really came alive. This was where it occured to me "This really is as good as people say it is. This is a pure example of a truly GOOD game. Nintendo really are the best there are in gaming". After many months (Lay off, I was only 12, and I'd never played Zelda before), I finished it. I was sad seeing this timeless experience come to an end. This motivated me to go out and pick up every Zelda game I could and play them to my hearts content.
This brings us to 2011. Now I'm 15 years old, and I've grown to see just how impactful Nintendo have been on gaming, and that there are millions upon millions of people who are on my side. If I get told by some douchebag "HURR DURR DERP!! DERP!!! MARIO AND ZELDA ARE GAY!!! COD!!!!! COD!!!!!! UR A FUCKING FAG!!!!! DERP!!!!!", I remember that Nintendo are the biggest name in gaming, and that there are millions who would back me up. E3 2010 left me acting like a 10 year old girl at a Justin Bieber concert, only it truly was good. Why? Two Zelda games were announced! A brand new one(Skyward Sword), and a remake of THE most critically acclaimed game ever released, Ocarina of Time.
I got it as soon as I heard of it being sold early at EB, getting my Ocarina Edition that I pre-ordered. I've had it for a week now, and I have to say, it brings out that 12 year old boy in me again. The one who didn't know the stresses of Adolescence, who never had a worry in the world. I feel kinda' like I've been taken to this present day by pulling out that beatiful Master Sword, seeing how different the world has become since I last saw it.
The world of Hyrule is just so much more beautiful. It's been brought back so elegantly. It's brighter, more colourful, and you really get a feeling of the vast scope with the 3D. The game runs much smoother. All the pre-render stuff is gone. Some sounds are redone to improve the quality, like the Ocarina sounds, but it's unfortunately MIDI, but don't forget the old saying: "If it ain't broke, don't fix it". Speaking of which, a broken part of the game has been fixed. Remember how annoying it was going in and out of the pause menu in the Water Temple, taking your Iron Boots on and off? Now you can assign them to a button, like on Twilight Princess! The Water Temple is actually a really good dungeon with that out of the way!
After a week with the game, I've gotten to the Shadow Temple, and it really shows just how much I've improved since I played the original. It feels like it's all coming full circle. Everything I've come to believe about gaming since I picked up Ocarina of Time is just showing how amazing this game is. This game makes me realise EVEN MORE just how timeless and perfect this game is. Once I'm done with that, I can play a mirrored version of the Master Quest!
One of my favourite new additions is the Sheikah Stones, which give you hints when you're stuck on a part. They can also tell you where secrets are hidden, which was really helpful for me. Navi even sometimes urges you to take a break (Like I'd do that, even for a second).
THE VERDICT The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D is an absolute essential for the 3DS. You cannot buy a 3DS and never play Ocarina of Time 3D. It brings a gargantuous classic back to life and fixed anything which might seem a little iffy. The perfect game just got even better! If you missed the original, you have to get this!
SCORE + It's Ocarina of Time, of course!!!!!
+ Improves upon dated graphics
+ The new hint system
+ Fixes up the Water Temple
I've been sitting on the edge of my seat, waiting for Project Cafe to reveal itself, then it came: Wii U. My jaw dropped off and I haven't been able to recover it since. It's got everything that I've ever wanted in a Nintendo console. Big, HD Games? Check! A more straight forward controller? Check! Wii Remote and Nunchuk not forgotten? Check! New innovative ways to play? Check! Suitable for long play sessions? Check! Suitable for family fun and parties? Check! Mario and Zelda games on the way? Check!
There were many games talked about and demonstrated for Wii U. 3rd Party wise, it's getting all the games that the Wii would never get. Nintendo showed off Super Mario Bros Mii, which looked pretty neat! It's seems like it'll be the simple pleasure of all the big games coming to it. It didn't really show off the HD, but it showed off the controller screen. In the demo video, it showed the example of someone playing the game, when someone comes in, wanting to watch the baseball, so at the press of a button, the game was streamed to the controller so that the person could continue while the TV was in use. This could be really convenient.
As you can see, the whole game has been streamed to the controller to play without the controller, only sacrificing the HD Resolution
Of all the amazing games talked about (I'm getting antsy just thinking of Smash Bros. Wii U and 3DS), one stood above them all: Zelda HD! No, not that stupid Skyward Sword HD bullshit going around, a new HD Zelda, showing a brain-exploding, nerdgasmic epic boss battle, in explosive HD. Words can not describe how mind-blowing it was!!!!!!! It's was just
As well as all that magic, there was the multitude of uses displayed. Some of my favourites were things like how golf games were implemented (Hard to explain, but cool) placing , streaming Youtube videos and video chat, Using it like a magnifying lens, and, my favourite, putting the controller onto a Wii Zapper and using the controller screen as a sniper.
The Wii had its fair share of games to go out on, and the 3DS had a few strong games shown, but The Wii U was what really took everyone by storm. I wish 2012 would just come sooner!
This is my 11th Day with The 3DS, and every day I've had it has been a blast. I'll tell you about my experience with this device of the Gods! I was going to do my first week, but that would take me a week to write.
Me with my 3DS After School, I went over to the shopping centre. I was exhausted after finishing off the day with cross country, but I kept walking, because I wanted that 3DS so bad. I met my Mum at EB (Becuase I can't trade in without an adult) and went to the front to get my 3DS, where I could see my English teacher getting her son one too. I said goodbye to my DSi, Spirit Tracks, NSMB Wi, SVR 2010 and GTA:Chinatown Wars, as I handed them over to the douchebag employee, who was less douchy than usual. He went out to the backroom and came back with my Cosmos Black 3DS. I looked in awe at it. It was love at first sight. Then, the bad news came: 'Make sure to charge it for 4 hours before playing" said the douchebag.
I got Super Street Fighter IV 3D and Nintendogs+Cats Golden Retriever with it. After charging it, I went through all the setup processes and made my Mii:
He's the most awesome thing on this planet! I did get a couple small-eyed, retarded Miis at first, but after a couple more attempts, I got it.
I started off with Nintendogs+Cats, picking up a precious little Beagle I named Matt, who's pictured above. One of the first things I realised, other that the bedazzled 3D and greatly improved visuals, was how much easier it was to give commands with the microphone. On the original Nintendogs I had some real difficulty teaching my puppy tricks because the microphone wasn't picking up my commands right, but I was able to easily teach my little Matt some great tricks and win some prize money.
My little puppy! so tasty, SO JUICY!!!!!
Afterwards, I had a little go at Super Street Fighter IV. I'm not that big a Streeet Fighter fan, but I have great fun whenever I play it. I struggled a bit trying to find the fighter for me. Eventually, I found myself comfortable with Blanca.
I began to miss Matt, so I went back to Nintendogs. I did The Lure Coursing competition, which my dog stuffed up, leaving me with $10 prize money. I used that money to buy him some cute glasses:
Oh! Did I mention that I bought a little Kittie? My useless feline is called Lucky! He can't do anyting, except for fight with Matt.
I tried out all the other features on the 3DS menu. The AR was my favourite part. It was great fun playing those games. I took some pics with the 3D Camera (Which look so much better on my 3DS than on your computer screen, by the way) and played Face Raiders for a few minutes. The 3DS was so jam-packed with features, I didn't need games to have the time of my life.
That was it for my first day! One of my favourite things about it is the new Slide Pad Analog Stick, which is actually really comfortable, easy to use, and not awkward like the PSP or, by the looks of it, The NGP. I'm also intrigued as to how the 3D and motion controls will be implemented. Other than the short battery life (Which didn't bother me, being that I'm so close to home) It was perfect. Another dose of magic from kings of Gaming known as Nintendo!