Tuesday, May 20, 2008
The beautiful Art Nouveau / Art Deco arrival point of the now defunct Solarya
Its been just over a year since I started blogging, and quite a lot has changed in SLs Steampunk corner of the grid. But a growing number of the visitors to New Babbage are asking about SL Steampunk sims, and though I attempt to provide a brief synopsis, it is, in reflection, a good question – What is a Steampunk sim?
Id argue itd be a sim with a relatively strict adherence to a merging of Neo-Victoriana ethos and the quirky visualization of Steampunk technology (plenty of steam, gears, and other crazy tech just google “Steampunk”, and you can come to your own conclusion of it). The genre has grown amazingly quick in SL, and new sims have sprung up to meet the growing demand for involvement in Steampunk. But how does the “State of Steampunk” look in SL? Well, here are my biased opinions
Caledon has a very active community in a large sim (e.g. Radio Riel, a plethora of specialized in-world groups), which can be good (e.g. there is always “something” going on in Caledon, its very pro-active RFL program) and bad (e.g. the angst about titles and hierarchy among residents, griefers making more “visits” to the Independent state requiring more policing). It is a dynamic location, but with 1930s aircraft, skybox raves, and assorted individualisms, it tend to dilute its theme.
The New Frontiers (less than six months)
This is not a comprehensive list Im certain Ive left off a sim, nor did I include what I categorize as shopping/entertainment specific Steampunk sims (e.g. Steamworkss club, Opus Free Ports Tesla Lounge). I am, however, looking forward to what the next year in SL Steampunk will hold