That was very good!
@Mary Sue accusation
I was a little wary of the whole ‘blind kid’ angle at first, but it wasn’t overdone and I think it was used well (i.e. minimally).
For me, the blindness didn’t even factor into the emotional aspect anywhere near as much as the connection to Luna.
The whole speech about the beauty of winter sounded so close to being about night that it was nice to see Luna react, and then the ending just pounded it home.
I didn’t cry, but it hit me significantly harder than I expected it to.
Good job, Silly Filly Studios!
On the topic of fan animations, is anyone else simultaneously laughing at and feeling a little sorry for the Double Rainboom guys?
They’ve been in production for over a year now and always billed themselves as ‘The first fan-made episode’ and then, a week before their long-awaited premiere, Snowdrop flies in out of nowhere.
It’s a little short so maybe the title of ‘episode’ doesn’t entirely fit, but it is certainly one of the most ambitious projects yet and it sort of slipped itself in before Double Rainboom.
Rainbow Dash’s mini-comic also launched just a few days ago and guess what’s in there?
Yep, literally the title event from Double Rainboom in a canon form, just days before they release their year-long project.
I’m guessing that pants were crapped in excitement, but there must be a slight feeling of… stolen thunder?
Now Double Rainboom isn’t even the first instance of a double rainboom!
(Note: I am not accusing the comic of stealing the idea. It’s a basic enough concept that I can believe that both teams came up with it independently.)
Now, I’m sure that DR team has no ill feelings at all (They are even in the credits of Snowdrop), but the timing just struck me.
Not another example, but an expansion of one that is listed.
More Scribblenauts (Mac and AB on the Apple team, Dash-inspired jogger, DJ-PON3, and Spike team):
As for your question, I think that’s a little misleading.
I don’t think it’s so much ‘bronies are effecting the gaming industry’ as ‘there are bronies in the gaming industry.’
Ponies have a big, at-least-partially nerdy fandom following.
Video game designers and developers tend to be rather nerdy and have liked hiding secret stuff in their games for decades now.
(Tons of examples like a TARDIS in the original Fallout or the Indiana Jones reference in Fallout 3. Countless others across the industry.)
It makes perfect sense that the newest internet fandom sensation would end up bleeding into the industry, but it isn’t some kind of subversive plot or directed ‘spread.’