Splatterpunk

splatterpunk_sceneSplatterpunk is a literary sub-genre – or movement – that rebelled against the typical conformity of horror which is seen as mild by comparison. It was because of this tepid approach to horror that authors took descriptions of violence further and include scene of extreme violence, gore, mutilation and death. Continue reading

Steampunk is NOT Victorian Science Fiction

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This article is one of several that are an attempt to address the problems within the steampunk community. These problems are not the doing of steampunks who enjoy the culture, but of those who wish to only make profit from it.

It’s a common misconception that steampunk is Victorian Science Fiction. I fully believed this misconception until I discovered what I believe to be the truth. I believe this because it makes a lot more logical sense. This description of steampunk has been hidden under a veil of deceit by clever people who simply want to further their own career. It’s done by convincing you that their opinion of steampunk is the correct opinion and removing any that disagree. Continue reading

Steampunks are too clever for big businesses

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Professor Elemental. Not silly at all.

I read with interest, an article by Professor Elemental that he wrote for Airship Ambassador and the Steampunk Hands Around the World project. In it, he mentioned that he thought steampunk had got a little bit too serious and that we all should release our inherent silliness. Continue reading

SteamWorld Dig to come to Xbox One

Steamworld Dig

Steamworld Dig

Remember SteamWorld Dig that I reported the teaser trailer on back in 2013? I just about did. It was to be released on Nintendo 3DS and since then has also been released on Playstation 4, PS Vita and Wii U.

Image & Form who created the game have still got to make some amendments to it before release and they’re also creating an “elaborate easter egg“. They don’t have a release date yet, but it seems they’re so excited about the news that they simply had to tell us all about it right now. They do expect it to be available by late May 2015.

Quickboy steampunk game announced for iOS and Android

Press release:

Quickboy poster

Quickboy poster

March 25, 2015 – SAN FRANCISCO – Netmarble US, Inc., the newly formed North American gaming branch of a leading mobile game publisher in South Korea, Netmarble Games Corp. (“Netmarble”), today announced Quickboy will launch this April on iOS and Android devices. Continuing to build upon their wide catalogue of high production quality, fun-filled games, Quickboy promises to deliver fast-paced action set in a post-apocalyptic world. Featured as a steam-punk themed side scrolling-platformer game, Quickboy offers an intense experience as players take on the role of Tommy Hawk, taking on his dangerous rounds of vital package deliveries in this newly ravaged world overrun with zombies. Tommy Hawk isn’t just on a mission to find his brother, he must also save the world!

As the story unfolds in Quickboy, Tommy will encounter not only undead foes but also several friends along the way. Players will have the option of choosing from a variety of unique characters with their own personalities. While on the mission to deliver packages, players must also collect coins in addition to bolts and nuts used to produce a trusty sidekick in the form of drones. Run, jump, slide, equip drones or even take flight with a jetpack past grueling obstacles in over 70 stages containing quest-based missions. With waves of zombies in the way, it is essential that players take advantage of the items and bonuses made available to them. Compete against others in World Challenge Mode and become the number one “Quickboy”. Mayhem is on the horizon!

Steampunk News round up 25/03/2015

Teapot racers will pour it on
The Dominion Post
TEA SPORT: Steampunk teapot races, from left, Professor Phoenecea Carwardine (Julia Harris), Mrs Hudson (Jane Craven), Captain Josiah Smollett…

Code Name STEAM (for Nintendo 3DS)
PC Magazine
Steampunk is often poorly implemented in video games. The idea of a high-tech, pseudo-magical-steam-powered Victorian age is often invoked to…

Steampunk Meets Tron in this Gas-Powered Bicycle
Chip Chick
templates I don’t know what style to call this, or if this bike is just in a style of its own, or what. Whatever the case, Er’s Teardrop (yeah, a bike with a…

Celebration of the Arts kicks off with Steampunk fete
Midland Reporter-Telegram

Expect them all at this year’s Celebration of the Arts preview party Friday outside the Midland Center as the theme for goes Steampunk….

Hundreds of visitors vote Marlborough Science Fair a huge success
The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald

The SteamPunk Dalek and SteamPunk Droid, brought to the academy by Mark Enright of Wiltshire based podpadstudios which builds models and…

The Rise and Rise of Steampunk. Isn’t it time the fans were given the movie they deserve?
Wrestling 101
Steampunk is big. In fact, that is a huge understatement. Steampunk is a cultural phenomenon, its Victorian cult science fiction theme is incredibly…

Retail Wrap: Synister on the Strand in Galveston; Orangetheory Fitness in Vintage Marketplace
Chron.com (blog)
Synister on the Strand, a store specializing in alternative fashion including Steampunk and Neo-Victorian styles, plans to open at 2301 Strand…

The best science-fiction and fantasy books for March
Washington Post
The Mechanical (Orbit; paperback, $17), by Ian Tregillis, presents an intriguing steampunk/alternate history set in the 1920s, when the Dutch have kept…

Harry Houdini & Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to feature in X-Files style program

The creators of House and The Librarian have been given the green light for a 10 episode series featuring escapologist Harry Houdini and Sherlock Holmes author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Continue reading