*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! :3Big 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)
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
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.