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  1. Most mobile games are supposed to be rather mindless time-wasters; so I’m not inclined to think they are “terrible” as they do their job adequately. However, and to expand on this, I do wonder how the in-game purchase system that they often employ should have even worked as a business model in the first place. A consumer who uses it defies any notion of economic rationality (and maybe a little irrationality)—(1) the virtual “bomb” or whatever itself is not transferable (so it only has value within the game), (2) since mobile games in the main are mere time-wasters, using it isn’t expected to improve performance in other areas of life, and (3) it’s a shining example of artificial scarcity, as the marginal cost to produce that “bomb” is near zero (and the initial development likely didn’t take much effort/cost either), you’d think the consumer would perceive almost any price as a rip-off (especially where the game itself is free as sort of a inverse sunk-cost fallacy) and never purchase in the first place. I’m sure there’s some sound psychological justification for all of this, but whatever it is, it seems to be based on the most wasteful of human impulses that you had thought we had taught our children to keep in check (except perhaps that a lot of those purchasers are children!).
  2. “She’s All Yak” is a rather unusual example that I would not give much weight to because there it’s implied that Yona had a lot of control over her creative process, and even if you don’t interpret the pre-Amity ball sequences that way, making a dress for a yak was something out of Rarity’s experience level. Something like that gaudy sequins dress in “It Ain’t Easy Being Breezies” I’d call a better example of her worse days. Her design choices seemed to really start to decline from that episode on, but fortunately picked back up in Season 7 or so. That said, she usually has a good eye.
  3. One thing that does give this episode a bit more nuance than “Shadow Play” is the importance of doing so even if all the parties aren’t being completely candid. The conflict between Stygian and the Pillars was because of poor communication, here there’s no such innocent failure (except maybe on Azuihotl’s end). Or so we’re told. I wasn’t too keen on the device of the talisman that forces truth-telling for such a moral; true mediation emphasizes the voluntariness of the parties to come to an understanding. It would have been more powerful if Fluttershy’s charismatic kindness itself somehow persuaded everyone to tell the truth.
  4. Oh, I agree that she does have genuine feelings. It might be my own bias, but it just seemed the episode emphasized the exploitative side more but was glossed over in the end.
  5. Am I the only one who thinks that Rarity should have confessed outright that her relationship with Spike over the years has been a bit exploitative, or am I missing something? I feel that is bogging down my reception of the episode and I need some help.
  6. Hi, wanna help with the scavenger hunt?

    1. OptimisticNeighsayer


      What can I do? I can help, but I don't have too much time right now.

    2. TheRockARooster


      Oh, it’s OK.


  7. While tofu has historically been a meat substitute, not all of the various theories on its origin indicate that it was developed to promote a vegetarian diet specifically. (In fact, many in East Asia today do not regard tofu strictly as a meat substitute, but a dish in its own right.) Note too that meat had historically been a food for the rich, so getting protein in through plants was more of a necessity than a choice for the average person. Many theories on its origin do indicate, however, that tofu developed in China partly because the Chinese did not raise cows or goats for dairy on a large scale (and many Chinese are still lactose intolerant). By contrast, cheese seems very well established in pony culture. As far as explaining why they'd like tofu, I really can't say anything beyond why any human would like tofu. As to other ideas, since cheese is well-liked by ponies, Welsh rarebit, Cauliflower cheese, or even macaroni and cheese might also be the equivalent of a steak.
  8. It's a cultural thing mostly, although meat (and to a lesser extent dairy and eggs) is a major source of Vitamin B12. That vitamin is very, very rare in plants, so there are practical nutritional reasons for eating meat. Meat, however, is overemphasized in Western diets, and red meat especially has an outsized environmental impact. I think a lot of the popular ethical concerns (the academic debates are another thing entirely) have more to do with the way meat production is currently practiced, and that meat does have a valid place in human diet and culture. I'd rather not risk derailing this conversation into even more hot-button matters, but I will say that humans make a ton of purely discretionary life-or-death decisions that many people wouldn't think of as ethically problematic. So I don't think eating meat is per se ethically wrong.
  9. Assuming strict vegetarianism, tofu or something soybean-based. (Soybean is actually a very common part of horse feed, but like steak, must be cooked somewhat well.) Portobello mushrooms might also be a good vegetarian steak-like dish, and yes, horses can eat at least some types. I do, however, think that ponies are not necessary strict vegetarians, as Twilight in "Surf and/or Turf" was open to drinking salmon juice. Salmon might in fact be an "exotic" dish for ponies, appealing to the wealthy or adventurous, and perhaps with increased contact with the hippogriffs, salmon dishes, and thus salmon steak, might become more mainstream.
  10. Chocolate for All! @StarlightandTwilight@DivineGuard1000@Tacodidra@FlareGun45@FearTheBelle
  11. For those panicking over the early releases now, here’s a way to compromise: watch 80% of the episode now so you get an idea of the episode to stave off most spoilers, then wait until the U.S. release for the last 20%. 

    1. BastementSparkle


      If I tried something like that my brain would go nuts over the lack of finishing it.:BornAgainBrony: