The memories of our future: Steampunk in gaming

29.05.2008 Games #Steampunk

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Steampunk is a type of science fiction that, unlike much of the rest of the genre, is rooted both stylistically and literally in history. When Jules Verne, Mark Twain and H.G. Wells put pen to paper, their science fiction was based on the concept of combining that the wind- and steam-powered mechanical devices that already existed in their world with impossible technologies to create a setting that was fantastic, stunning, and a bit idealistic in terms of its vision of where such things might take our society. As a result, the protagonists we encounter in these sci-fi stories are often intrepid explorers, men and women who were fearless and devoted to the cause of creating a better world, even if they sometimes falter when trying to achieve those goals.