« on: February 23, 2014, 11:01:57 pm »
While we're at it: FUCK STEAMPUNK.
Steampunk = people who are nostalgia-blinded by the Victorian era yet are too scared to leave their computers behind.
Where cyberpunk at least has the grace to look to the future, steampunk looked at the future, wet itself, and decided to pretend it's over 100 years ago. Then they slapped brass gears and some fake wood panelling on an Ipad so they can pretend it's "alternate universe tech" because they just can't live without youtube. Yes, we really were better off with mass social and sexual repression, women being treated as second-class citizens unable to even vote, rampant Syphilis outbreaks, zero labor laws, and coal smoke blotting out the sun. Great choice.
Bonus points: there's a large overlap between the guys in my first paragraph and Steampunks. I'm pretty sure it's not a coincidence.
I wouldn't mind steampunk if it weren't so historically denialist. The Victorian era has great potential as a setting for horror and dark fantasy, but the steampunk kids love to sweep that shit under the rug in favour of a world where everyone's a lovable, happy-go-lucky street urchin or an eccentric inventor with an airship and goggles. I think Dishonoured's the only steampunk thing I've seen that had the stones not to romanticize its setting.