Ahoy Fellow Fishes to another Wired Fish Podcast! In this episode, look back on the Skullgirls Indiegogo campaign and get hyped up for its success. Not only did Skullgirls meet many of its goals, it also meant that Mane6, the developers of the C&D’ed Fighting is Magic, get to use the Skullgirls engine for their new fighting game. After that, we delve into the small, niche, and indie gaming scene and wonder how these guys are doing so well compared to the AAA scene.
Looks like that C&D might’ve been a blessing in disguise. Not only is Friendship is Magic creator Lauren Faust in the Mane6 dev team, they now has access to the engine that helped make Skullgirls. Before all this, Mane6 was using Fighter Maker 2000, an old program they had to tinker with to get it to do what they wanted for their My Little Pony fighting game, Fighting is Magic. MikeZ, the creator of Skullgirls, offered to give Mane6 the Skullgirls Engine, also called the Z Engine. They declined the offer since development was very far long and porting would require starting from scratch.
Well, the C&D essentially made them start from scratch (minus the ponies of course). So now the option became available and the team can make a game using all the techniques and effects the Z Engine has to offer.
Fresh off of the offer to use the Skullgirls engine by Lab Zero, the developers of the C&D’d Fighting Is Magic, Mane6, posted up an FAQ about what exactly they can do with the engine. Soon after that, the last question in the FAQ wondered about Mane6 using characters from Lauren Faust’s Milky Way and the Galaxy Girls (since now she’s involved in this new project). Of course they said no and that the characters would still be four-legged and brand new. They followed up: “Speaking of which, we think it might be cool to show you guys three of the character concepts we’ve come up with so far. We thought it would be fun to show you them in silhouette form first.” The above is what they showed.
The shapes look very Pokemon like, especially the one on the far right. The general guessing consensus is that the one on the left is a llama or an alpaca. The one on the right is some sort of deer. The middle figure looks very familiar however, having the same kinds of proportions as Faust’s pony design. But people are guessing it to be a cow. From the looks of things, the game seems to be shaping up pretty well, and we might have something close to Pokemon Type Wild with the Skullgirls Engine (if the SG crowdfund goes that far).
What I’d tell you? He was bound to get funded within the month, it was only a matter of time. While not as fast as Squigly, Big Band’s crowdfunding took a little over two weeks to reach its mark, $400,000 for the whole campaign. Big Band himself was funded a couple of days ago, but today both his stage and story has been fully funded, marking his campaign a full success. Like Squigly, Big Band will be free for the first three months after release and you’ll keep him after the time is up if you managed to get him.
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On Friday, February 8, 2013, one of the most popular and most polished fangames in the brony community, MLP: Fighting is Magic, was served a cease and desist order from Hasbro, the makers of the My Little Pony franchise. It caused a massive ripple effect across both the brony community and the fighting game community. Mane6, the developers of Fighting is Magic, took steps to make sure that they would be in good standing with Hasbro when they started developing the game in 2011, namely by not profiting off the game and not accepting any donations from fans. Any donations that were brought up from tournaments went straight to charity. They stated this on their FAQ page when it was still up. While it was believed that Hasbro had no problem with the game (FAQ gone to confirm this), last Friday’s event proved otherwise.
So once again the topic of fangames has hit the forefront of the gaming periphery. Fangames are a form of expression, a way of showing adoration for a show/videogame/movie you like. In other words, it is another form of fanart. Unlike the typical form fanart – the most common being drawings – fangames take more time to make and are generally much lower in quantity. But, like some fanart, many fangames tend to be rather amateurish and crude, either making something poorly from scratch or poorly reusing assets from other games. But there are some out there that excel beyond the norm, creating new content or using currently available assets and making something equal to or beyond the quality of the original. It’s these games though that tend to get the dreaded cease & desist order, with companies fearing it being a little too close to their product.
This week marked the last week fans of My Little Pony had to wait. Today was the Season 3 premier of Friendship is Magic. So all week I featured the music of one of the biggest fangames to come from this fandom, Fighting is Magic. Composed by RainbowCrash88 and Whitetail, the music featured where the themes to AppleJack, Twilight Sparkle, Rarity, Pinkie Pie, and Rainbow Dash.
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