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I’m a big fan of the steampunk trend or genre, be it in books, games or movies. I gathered here a collection of the most beautiful examples of steampunk inspired gadgets.

According to Wikipedia, Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction and speculative fiction, frequently featuring elements of fantasy, that came into prominence in the 1980s and early 1990s. The term denotes works set in an era or world where steam power is still widely used — usually the 19th century, and often Victorian era England — but with prominent elements of either science fiction or fantasy, such as fictional technological inventions like those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne, or real technological developments like the computer occurring at an earlier date. Other examples of steampunk contain alternate history-style presentations of “the path not taken” of such technology as dirigibles, analog computers, or digital mechanical computers; these frequently are presented in an idealized light, or with a presumption of functionality.

Steampunk is often associated with cyberpunk and shares a similar fanbase and theme of rebellion, but developed as a separate movement (though both have considerable influence on each other). Apart from time period and level of technological development, the main difference between cyberpunk and steampunk is that steampunk settings usually tend to be less obviously dystopian than cyberpunk, or lack dystopian elements entirely.

Do you know any resources for steampunk art? Or steampunk game design?

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6 thoughts on “Beautiful Examples Of Steampunk Gadgets

  1. Haha, awesome! I came across the steampunk Gameboy on another site a few weeks ago, but your collection is brilliant. I heart the guitar. :3

    The cellphone on the left and the laptop are pretty brilliant as well. You have to give credit to the people who come up with the time to do this!

  2. Some people credit Myst, which is both artistic and a game, with being one of the earliest examples of Steampunk. The Myst series is still one of the most beautiful, inventive and awesome “games” ever created.

    Difficult to categorise, the games are totally immersive experiences, part adventure, part puzzle, where you arrive in mysterious worlds of ingenious contraptions and breath-taking environments to explore. You have to solve puzzles to progress through the game. The gameplay is non-competitive and reliant on observation and detection rather than speed and dexterity. This superb video gives you a taste of each game: To avoid spoilers, don’t be tempted to watch all the videos you’ll find on YouTube.

    Myst URU Live is an interactive online game. It’s fabulous, but I’d strongly recommend starting with the original Myst game and working through the series, including the standalone version of URU before joining URU Live online.

    Check out the screenshots and purchase the first three games here:

    Fourth game – my personal fave –
    Myst V and other links:
    URU game:
    URU LIve:

    There are masses of screenshots and wallpapers on all these sites, enough to convince you that Myst fits Steampunk.

    Enjoy! :)

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