The Flying Fortress

Dark Void.

Posted in themes by Zagglenack on January 26, 2010


Dark Void has arrived. After having played it, I have to admit – I found the game very much lacking – and, from the looks of it, most of the video game playing world agrees.

Still, if you are like me – you didn’t necessarily pick up the game initially because the flying, shooting, or adventure elements sported the tightest controls, best enemy AI, or the most fluid elements. At least as far as I was concerned, Dark Void gave me the long-awaited opportunity to play a video game as one of my favorite Pulp heroes – the Rocketeer.


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Ye Not Guilty: Giant Fighting Robots & Diesel?

Posted in Aesthetics, themes, Uncategorized by Zagglenack on September 10, 2009


My previous post dug around the video-game realm, and in it, I tried to suggest that despite not nailing the aesthetic in the same way that games like Bioshock and the Wolfenstein series do, Final Fantasy VII had skirted the line into Dieselpunk with its depictions of technology and military power.[incidentally, for those of you interested in Bioshock or Wolfenstein, the Gatehouse discusses them both briefly but effectively here.]

Because I find myself so drawn to Dieselpunk as a result of its particular visual nature – something I think comes through very clearly in my posts thus far – I have some time discussing subjects which I believe help to flesh out that nature. Today, I am going to make an attempt at the same argument, but in a new medium.

The medium is Anime. The subject is the Big-O. And I would suppose I would be remiss if I didn’t begin properly: ‘It’s Showtime.’


For Want of a Nail…

Posted in Definitions, themes by seraphimish on September 2, 2009

Cruise valkyrie

World War II films are easy targets for discussion for us here, but I would much rather continue the dialogue on how certain stories such as those in Valkyrie and Inglourious Basterds set up the potential for alternate timelines that inherently welcome factors of dieselpunk into their folds.  WARNING: Spoilers!  Not on a grand scale, but enough to diminish enjoying these movies for the first time.



Posted in themes by seraphimish on August 5, 2009

Doc Savage Rocketeer

New to the Levitating Leviathan – whoops sorry, Flying Fortress – I find myself already lost in the nebulous sea of what makes dieselpunk as it is.  So, what better to hit things off with than comics?


The dark side of dieselpunk

Posted in themes, Uncategorized by flyingfortress on June 4, 2008

Art by Sellers

On reading the first post, you might have thought that dieselpunk is all about progress, a brighter future, and cooperation for everyone’s benefit. There are two sides to every coin, however, and now is the time to see what happens when it comes up “tails.”