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We Must Dissent by JackJacko-Eponymous We Must Dissent by JackJacko-Eponymous
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We Must Dissentby JackJacko-Eponymous

Fan Art / Cartoons & Comics / Traditional / Movies & TV©2012-2015 JackJacko-Eponymous
*Ahem* So, here we are!

First of all, why this title?
Pretty much because in my opinion Alpha Centauri is one of the best videogames ever made. If you played it, you probably know what I'm referencing here, and if you didn't, well you really should. Trust me, that game is an experience to make. Anyway, you can always take the shortcut and watch this: [link]
References aside, the phrase is of course strongly tied to what's happening in the picture.

Second, the influences. As many of you will immediately notice, the enforcer and the flying drone are heavily reminiscent of Half-Life 2... I also tried to put in some Blade Runner (yeah, I wish), and of course the good old seedy alley imagery we all learned to know in many movies.

Third, the writings. As in many of my drawings, what I try to convey is a story condensed in one stillshot, and give many hints so the viewer can give his own interpretation of the story. I have to admit, they're not even particularly visually stunning, but I hope to give a sort of one-pic fanfic feel. To do this, I use a lot of writings. As always, you can play this little game and try to decipher them on your own (through this reference: [link]).
If you want to immediately have all the pieces necessary to understand the situation, then here are the spoilers! :3

Big white on red holosigns (from left to right)

Colourful holoads (from left to right and from top to bottom)

Red neon sign (seen from behind and partially covered)

Wall posters

Spraypaint writing

Fourth... Yay, Trixie! Welp, it's the first time I included her in one of my drawings ^^

With all this being said, I hope you enjoy it... I'm really afraid the composition is a bit lacking, but I'm still quite satisfied with the result :3

EDIT:

I've noticed (well, I should have imagined) that some people don't have the time/will to find their own interpretation of what's going on here... So here is what I had in mind while working on this.

-- SPOILER ALERT -- (for what it's worth)

At some point in this alternate Equestria, it became widespread opinion that magic was giving unicorns an unfair advantage over other pony kinds, both in terms of potential personal achievements and of social standing. Thus, a push towards technological advancements that could substitute magic was encouraged, to the point that magic was made superfluous in everyday life and actively sanctioned outside authorized bounds (The sisters got out of the picture during these events, so this may very well be some sort of violent uprising, maybe through some magic suppressing machinery). With magic now strictly regulated, a perceived equality between all pony kinds is reached; but as magic is what fuels the harmony of Equestria, poverty and crime start to appear, hidden behind the bright lights of this apparent prosperity. And an ever growing number of ponies begin to fight the very ideas behind this new order.
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:iconhero08:
hero08 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
God damn that's cool.
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CrowleysPyramid Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
:iconamon1plz::iconsays3plz:*reads plot* "I'm liking this idea."
:iconscootalooplz::iconsays3plz:"HEY! That's MY line!"

Trixie sure loves running through puddles, doesn't she~?

The cold, artificial lighting of the city is offset perfectly by the warm, if grungy, lighting in the alley...
And the terrifying sound of manhacks is ringing in my ears so, thanks for that o___o
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MontyRohde Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Professional Artist
Pony and Alpha Centauri a straaaaaaaaaange combo, though I do love them both.
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Dori-to Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Student General Artist
From all the pictures in the drawfriend I found this to be the very best. It's really something special.
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:iconjackjacko-eponymous:
JackJacko-Eponymous Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :3
Hey, you're the comics guy! Good job with those!
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:icondori-to:
Dori-to Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Student General Artist
Yeah, thank you very much!
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Freefox Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
You´ve all my awe, amazing picture, stunningly done and love the action added in the pic, if the game is that good to inspire a pic like this I should definitely give it a try, once again, amazing pic
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JackJacko-Eponymous Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks ^^
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:iconkujiiro:
Kujiiro Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
Holy damn that's sick! The concept, the detail, the perspective, everything is just so awesome in this!
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:iconjackjacko-eponymous:
JackJacko-Eponymous Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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ganonlink Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
I gave this game a try after seeing this, and absolutely did not see any relation to the drawing. At all. These "RTS" types aren't really my thing, and I didn't play too much, but I really failed spectacularly at seeing ANY relation.
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JackJacko-Eponymous Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, well, that's because you actually have to play quite a bit, up until you build the Self-Aware Colony... You can just click on the video link I provided in the description anyway :3
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StringLiteral Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
Industrial-grade parasprites, Equestria's most valuable commodity, can also be one of its most dangerous.
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DeftCrow Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
Miriam's quotes in the Planetary Transit System, Self Aware Colony and Nano Factory display very meaningful insight you wouldn't usually expect from a religious fundamentalist. It's no surprise they are my favorite quotes.

Keep 'em coming!
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:iconrakkard:
Rakkard Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
Like how you got your signature on the box =) Plus trixy <3
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:iconrutana:
Rutana Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Student Writer
...translated all writings by myself...
...then found the translations in the comment...
:iconcrycryplz:
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:iconjackjacko-eponymous:
JackJacko-Eponymous Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol, it's cool, I'm happy that someone actually took the time to do it :3
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:iconrutana:
Rutana Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Student Writer
It was quite fun, and it helped me to memorize some symbols allready XD

I don't know if I'll ever need it, but is it ok to use this writing in pictures, when I credit you in the comments? :)
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JackJacko-Eponymous Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Of course it is ^^
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:iconrutana:
Rutana Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Student Writer
Awesome ^_^
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HamburgerBoy Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
A pony reference I never would have imagined. Love it!
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Su-Sha-Na Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
wow
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jklpb Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
I rember that, Many a happy evening spent playing all night, since i wasn't gonna sleep anyways.. Even the mundane stuff like Singularity Inductor got creepy once you turned the lights off, and saw the others.
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GBscientist Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
I would have favourited this pic just for the Sister Miriam reference. The fact that the image itself is awesome is just icing on the delicious, distopia cake.
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GiromCalica Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I see.
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DCarrier Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
I read that as "We Must Descend". The buildings look kind of like Tetris pieces.
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:iconjackjacko-eponymous:
JackJacko-Eponymous Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hehe xD
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ULTRADJ4EVER Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
well then. another game to add to the Christmas list then
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ChappyHooves Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
F-yeah

Fav for Alpha Centauri Reference
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RoyCalbeck Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I immediately recognized the idea from the phrase --- I hope Trixie fares better than the humans in the original video!
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UWoodward Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
"Will we next create false gods to rule over us? How proud we have become, and how blind."
-- Sister Miriam Godwinson, "We Must Dissent"

Love that game. Although for sheer creepiness in the cutscenes, it's hard to top the Dream Twister.
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Lurks-no-More Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
Alpha Centauri, ponies, Trixie the urban rebel, "We Must Dissent"...
This is amazing and awesome in so many different ways! <3 <3 <3 <3 <3
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Q99 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
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Pretty much because in my opinion Alpha Centauri is one of the best videogames ever made. If you played it, you probably know what I'm referencing here, and if you didn't, well you really should. -

Oh yeeeees. I hear a company even put out a version with expansion that'll work with newer Windows versions, so I've been meaning to re-buy it...
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bitbrony Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
Yeah, Good Old Games [link] , although it's missing the Alien Crossfire expansion.

Man, what a world they created. This quote gets me everytime.

"I sit in my cubicle, here on the motherworld. When I die, they will put my body in a box and dispose of it in the cold ground. And in all the million ages to come, I will never breath, or laugh, or twitch again. So won't you run and play with me here among the teeming mass of humanity? The universe has spared us this moment."
Anonymous, Datalinks
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MontyRohde Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Professional Artist
That quote always gives me chills.
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Q99 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
Oh, not even that one! [link] This one, with AC.
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:iconjackjacko-eponymous:
JackJacko-Eponymous Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My favourite quote from the game as well :3
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Lurks-no-More Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
And the cool thing is, Miriam has a point. The Believers tend to be treated as bog-standard anti-progress fundamentalists, but if you look at Miriam's quotes in the Datalinks, her position is a lot more nuanced and meaningful than that. A lot of the Alpha Centauri tech has really, really troubling and dehumanizing potential uses - and with people like Colonel Santiago, Nwabudike Morgan or, worst of all, Sheng-Ji Yang around, it makes perfect sense to be afraid for humanity.
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StringLiteral Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
I think the issue with Miriam has more to do with her senselessly aggressive AI than her quotes. She might not talk like a "bog-standard anti-progress fundamentalist" but she plays like one.
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MontyRohde Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Professional Artist
Playing as University the nut always came after me because I always went for the "knowledge" social engineering choice.

I spent many a happy hours wiping out her hordes with needle jets.

A huge attack bonus is of no use against an opponent with an 80% research advantage.
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JackJacko-Eponymous Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, I always found her quotes interesting, even if in game terms she just usually ends up being a crazy warmonger biting at my borders.
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