If you are a brony, then you heard recently that MLP: Fighting is Magic just got canned because Hasbro sent a cease and desist order to the Mane6 team. I felt pretty bad that that had to happen, especially for such a polished looking game. It had a lot going for it, however, Mane6 made one fatal error that doomed the game, they made it too close to the actual copywritten material. Now, I for one would have loved to splay the game, jhowever, Mane6 approached this all wrong, and I can attribute this to how young this fandom is. What we should have done was look to another fandom...
The transformers fans have always loved some of their older G1 figures, but wish that there were better version or remakes of them. Now, they can only wait on Hasbro to finally make these, or they can make these figures themselves, thus transformers fan projects was born. There are numerous transformers fan projects out there that make grade-A toys based on licensed Hasbro figures, and even sell these figures, something that I'm sure even Hasbro will have a fit over and will be throwing out numerous cease and desist orders everywhere, and yet they don't. These fan projects are still around and making money, and its all because of the round-a-bout way go about making these fan-made figures. These toys are completely new, made from scratch and not based on any existing mold of what the toy is supposed to represent, hell, they even give them names that vaguely represents who they are supposed to be. I've seen a fan-made Devastator toy selling for around $500, and this toy is no joke, the amount of detail and effort put into these things is astounding. And its huge too! Almost 3-4 feet high! I bet even Hasbro would never think to make such a toy, but the fans did, and they will pay out the nose to get them.
Now, what does this have to do with MLP: fighting is magic? Its very simple, the game has to cut its ties with MLP, but not completely. Its still gonna be a game about ponies fighting, but all the characters, any references to the show, has to be changed to all new characters, but will still fight and feel the same way based on who they were originally based on. Twilight Sparkle will get a new name and a new coat of paint like Nightspark or something like that, MLP will have to be changed into something else like Fighting Ponies or Pony fighters or something along that line and all backgrounds will have to be changed to something completely new. Sadly, that would mean no fighting in Sweet Apple Acres, but it must represent, in spirit, what Sweet Apple Acres would be like in that game. Fact of the matter is, Transformer fans and bronies are a lot alike, we make a lot of fan-made stuff all the time, and I think its time we approach this, and all other future fan projects in a similar vein. We have to tread carefully when it comes to playing around with copywritten material, especially if its something that would turn a lot of heads, we just have to make sure we don't turn the wrong heads in our direction.