Well, I guess I'd better introduce myself. I'm a typical casual fan of the show (I like the show overall, but I don't collect figures & merchandise), but I'm also a devout PC gamer of +16 years. But don't worry, I'm not like those snobbish PC Gamers that like to put down poor people (hell, I'm from a low income family myself) and Console Gamers (especially with the phrase "Console-Tard". Ugh.).
I think one of the reasons why I find myself liking the show is because I'm actually an 80s kid. Much of my childhood was spent growing up in the 80s (I'd like to think that the first few years of the 90s was actually an extension of the 80s), and thus I watched shows like Transformers, He-Man, Thundercats, and even My Little Pony. Yup, I watched a few episodes of the original G1 series from time to time. I was into fantasy/sci-fi epics even in my younger years so I watched any show that appealed to me that fit into any of those genres (though Ironically most 80s cartoons were little more than 30 minute toy ads). It's actually great to see many 80s shows coming back, but with a more serious tone and better writing which makes most of them feel like they're much more than toy ads. I'm also finding myself becoming a Transfan once again thanks to the recent game "War for Cybertron" and the "Transformers Prime" TV show.
But another reason why I like the show is because of not only the good writing, but also well done characters. Back when I was a kid, I'd read many stories and watch many shows with female characters that are not only dumb but weak, having to rely on strong and/or smart make characters to save them. In other words, the stereotypical damsels in distress. At first I didn't mind this (in fact I imagined myself as these male heroes, rescuing said damsel), but as I got older I started to get tired to this old cliche. I wanted to see stories with strong and smart female leads, but who weren't male bashing feminists and instead humble and outgoing as well. I've held a recent belief that women are stronger, much stronger, than others may think. It's great to see more modern TV shows and stories that make out women & female characters that are stronger and more self reliant. Sometimes even helping to save male characters from time to time. And in the recent MLP show, I'm glad to see that the "Mane 6" are strong (in body and/or spirit. Yes, even shy little fluttershy)and independent female characters that try to solve troubles on their own and get their way out of danger themselves. Instead of relying on a Knight in shining armor (or in this case, Stallion in shining armor. Getting sick of my horse puns yet?
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The thing is that....I'm kind of a 'quiet brony'. Meaning that while I'm a fan of the show, I mostly keep it to myself and rarely ever bring up that I'm a fan of the show. Even if it's brought up. The Video Game community I'm from (well, not all of them but it seels like many) tend to not only look down on male MLP fans but also consider them "Manchilds", "Gay", even "Pedophiles". Hell, a couple months ago Rock Paper Shotgun ran a story on a mod that would replace Dragons with a giant fluttershy model. It was funny and Ironic, but the amount of Brony bashing made me sink down and be extra careful not to reveal that I'm a fan of the show. So for a few weeks I mulled about joining this community to give my opinions on the show as a whole, on certain aspects of the show, and ideas for future episodes (I would really love to see some serious science fiction elements in the future. Maybe even an accidental run-in, by the Mane 6, with hostile aliens like the Ceph from the Crysis series. And I say this at the risk of having Horse Shoes thrown at me.).
Phew, well this certainly was a longer intro than I planned out.