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My Little Pony: Fighting is Magic Pre-Alpha Preview.

By: DaisyMare Aug 15, 2011 | 15 Comments

Pre-Alpha video of actual game play sound and effects of MLP: Fighting is Magic.

MLP: Fighting is Magic is a fan-tribute, indie 2d Fighter developed and (planned to be) released by Mane6; It is based in the "My Little Pony" Franchise, in its most recent incarnation, "Friendship is Magic"

The First Official Release, coming soon, will include six fighting characters (Twilight Sparkle, Rarity, Rainbow Dash, Fluttershy, Applejack and Pinkie Pie), who'll be joined by 11 more ponies in further DLC releases, until a complete roster of 17 characters is achieved.

It will come with both a story mode, and versus mode (online and Local), at launch.

Hey everypony,

With all the work going into the characters of the game it's natural players want a backdrop to have them kick flank on. The backgrounds of the game are getting a lot of attention put into them, to match environments from the show but also to be entertaining enough to look at as your favorite ponies comedically kick each other around. This stage in particular has taken many steps from the version seen in the pre-alpha video. From rearranging some objects, removing others and even changing the time of day. One of the changes currently in effect is with the shading, we're trying to even the colors out and instill a sense of drama but it has taken a slight deviation from the show's style.

The idle animations are the ones that show when you aren't doing anything. This is something we didn't have much reference for in the MLP:FiM show, because there is rarely any moment when the ponies are standing around looking ready to fight.  The idle is a good chance to try inject life and personality into our characters.

The one I've shown here is the crouched idle for Rainbow Dash. Dash is an energetic girl, so even when crouching she is looking ready to spring up at any moment. One thing that was interesting is her wings. To begin with they are an object that would move and scale for each frame of her breathing; but this makes them look very stiff and "glued on". So the animator split it up into the separate feathers, and animated them slightly out of step with each other. It's very subtle but it makes her wings look a lot more dynamic and lively!

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Metal Gear Dash

By: Daisymare Feb 22, 2012 | 5 Comments

Rainbow Dash as Solid Snake trying to sneak into a facility under heavy guard.

This is for all you Metal Gear Solid fans and My Little Pony fans that I know are hidding amongst the ranks of hardcore gamers.

 

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My Little Pony: Fighting is Magic Livestream Preview

By: Daisymare Feb 29, 2012 | 8 Comments | Updated: Feb 29, 2012

This is a three part question and answer preview of the current build of the game Fighting is Magic. New characters and moves are displayed new audio is heard and voice acting is now added. Special appearance of Fluttershy and talks of ports to Mac.

This game is building up a huge amount of hype not just in the Brony community but in other fighting communities simply because the game play is actually interesting for a basic fighting game made by an indie studio. The team ManeSix is doing things that shouldn't be able to be done with such a basic fighting engine. This game will be a great demo of what to expect when they decide to start producing their own original content. Watch the videos and keep an eye out for the accidental display of power that is Fluttershy.

 

 

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Fighting Is Magic Glitch Reel

By: Daisymare Mar 25, 2012 | 6 Comments

Developer Mane 6 just put out a bug reel showing off all the technical errors they are currently battling while trying to get this game ready for release. Some are quite funny.

Since this game is still in an early build there are many glitches to be worked out. That said, it is actually pretty impress just how playable this game is in it's current state. Below are some of the glitches that pop up from time to time while testing the fighting engine and the animation routines.

 

 

Bonus for you TF2 fans.

 

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My Little Pony: Fighting is Magic Pon-E3 EVO2k build

By: daisymare Jul 23, 2012 | 3 Comments

This first video was just posted 6 hours ago and the second one is from a Livestream event at Pon-E3 a week ago.

 

 

 

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Ponies Playing Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars

By: Daisymare Feb 20, 2012 | 6 Comments

Luna plays Celestia at a round of Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars

This is totally just messing around but it does have two of the characters playing 

Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars

 

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Update: PonyKart Video

By: Daisymare Mar 5, 2012 | 4 Comments

This is just a mini update related to a previous PonyKart video in which the spectators were shown.

Apparently when the programmers and character artists were putting together the sitting ponies Lyra was not seated in her "normal" human posture. This generated a lot of angry comments and freakouts because after all Lyra truly believes she is human. So they went in and redid her character so she now sits properly on her flank and they also made a little joke video to give the finger to the haters.

I approve of this video.

Update:

Technical Information:

This a fanmade game for Windows.

Runs on most PC configurations

Developer website is http://ponykart.net/

Programmer listing is here http://ponykart.net/team

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Two Best Sisters Play Portal 2

By: Daisymare Apr 26, 2012 | 2 Comments

This is an animated short of Princess Celestia and Princess Luna trying to play Portal 2 and the frustration of Luna being an idiot. Warning, lot of insults and profanity dumped on the Princess of the Night.

This is loosely video game related but it does require a gamers knowledge of FPS's and the Portal series.

Canterlot Gardens is currently going on in Strongsville Ohio this weekend and Dev Team ManeSix is on the scene with a special Canterlot Gardens build of Fighting is Magic for an impromptu fighting tournament.

http://www.twitch.tv/8wayrun

The link above will take you to the live stream of the game being played as we speak. I was told it will be going on all weekend but have no way of knowing for sure.

The "Tournament" seems to be more of a random grouping of players fighting until defeated than an actual tournament with a leaderboard. 

The big news is that ManeSix is introducing Rainbow Dash in playable form and from I saw she is kicking ass all over the game. This brings the playable count up to 5 characters in the game with Fluttershy being the last one to be added before the games final version and release into the wild. Addictional characters will be released in updates in the future as balancing is improved with each update.

The EVO 2K build was leaked earlier this summer with only 4 playable characters and has since been rebalanced and improved.

No release date for the final version has been posted as of this writing.

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Amazing New Video of the Upcoming SimCity

By: Daisymare Oct 5, 2012 | 3 Comments

New tutorial showing the early building of a small Casino town.

Everything about this game is amazing from the ease of constructing roads to the intuitive way you handle power-plants and sewage. I idea that everything you do will have real future consequences, like where you syphon your water or where you dump your sewage makes planing for your town all the more critical. 

I personally can't wait for this game to come out. The last time I played Sim City was on my SNES and I remember being so addicted to that game that I'd spend hours just watching looking for small changes in the mood of my population. This looks to turn it up about  300 notches and make for a very hyper-realistic environment for players to build their dreams.

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TEMNO: A New Pony Game Based on Limbo

By: Daisymare Oct 15, 2012 | 2 Comments

Czech Artist Astonov is creating his own version of the hauntingly beautiful Limbo called Temno staring MLP Pyschopath Pinkamena Diane Pie.

I sat down with developer Astonov and talked to him about his game and how he is building it and here are a few things he told me.

First off the entire game is being built inside MMF2 (MultiMedia Fusion 2) from the ground up. All the physics are handled by the software and everything having to do with level design and layout are being done by Astonov.

Astonov himself has no knowledge of programming languages which is why he choose to utilize MMF2. All you need to do is create an active object and select its movement properties.

As for the animations of objects and background art, everything is done in Anime Studio. It allows him to build hand drawn objects and make simple yet fluid animations such as grass blowing in the wind and other atmospheric effects.

There are still issues that need to be worked on. Twilight doesn't yet possess the full animations needed to replicate the character animations seen in Limbo. So far she uses simple platformer movements.

Astonov uses his Nintendo DS and Colors DS drawing app to make the terrain and sky while using Photoshop to create the grass and leaves with custom brushes.

I'll keep track of development and update as Astonov finishes new sections of the game.

This is a series of development videos for an upcoming game starting at the earliest stages of development. Many aspects of the game may and will change as the code is written but so far it looks pretty cool for another pony fan game.

I just wonder how many of these will be made before Hasbro starts buying up these developers and actually puts them on real big buget projects. Most of the games being made based on My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic are turning out to be way better than most indie games based on souly original ideas. 

While I like many of these games It would be nice to see a completely new type of game utalizing the characters from the show in a way that fits the source material.

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