Cory Doctorow at 9:54 am Fri, Sep 16, 2011
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Star Wars would have been infinitely better if every robot randomly released bursts of searing hot steam.
Can we put a stop to all things steampunk?
Friend, if you don’t like steampunk you’ve come to the wrong place.
As Lobster has pointed out, in this place, no.
But I do hope steampunk can rise above the use of nonfunctional gears as a design motif. I’m all for gears, but only if the =do= something, or at least look like they could. I think any mechanical bits should spark the imagination; if they are obviously nonfunctional, it’s not nearly as interesting.
To be fair, this junkbot is pretty sweet, and only indulges a tiny bit in superfluous gearage.
Agreed. While scrollwork is decorative, gears have never been. We’ve been seeing a flood of cheap, knock-off steampunk lately and it just looks bad.
Congrats on the posting SB!
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