For those who follow this small corner of Steampunk, I do try to keep up with amazing virtual world build in Steampunk, as well as news and events in the RL ("Real World") of Steampunk. One aspect that I've neglected to my own retrospective dismay, is Minecraft. As one can see from the videos, there is quite an impressive Steampunk world running in this realm.
For those who may not be overly familiar with Minecraft (including myself), its wiki basically explains it as a "sandbox" game, which focus on building (as opposed to Second Life, which has a very large social aspect). Differing from SL in the sense that one "pays" for the Minecraft, and texture packs to personalize a world, on just build to one's heart content. (SL note - for those who aren't familiar with Second Life, in SL one "pays" for prims on land, either by renting a "plot" from a sim (akin to an island) landlord, and then one has so many prims available to build. In short, you are limited to the number of prims you have permission to build your designs). In Minecraft, (as I understand it), one's "land" goes on and on, but the quality of your build drops over distance.
Alas, I have yet to indulge in Minecraft (returning to grad school is quite a travail), though it looks amazingly intriguing. I've borrowed works from a fellow named UberGaffer, who is, as far as I can see, the Isambard K. Brunel of Minecraft Steampunk. It runs about 15 Euros (or about 20 dollars, more or less), but I think that I'll have to give it a try - for a small sandbox game, its amazing popular, well priced, and looks like a plethora of fun!
For more information about Minecraft, please turn to:
The official Minecraft site: http://www.minecraft.net/
The Minecraft Wiki: http://www.minecraftwiki.net/wiki/Minecraft_Wiki
The Wiki about Minecraft: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minecraft
...and play "classic" Minecraft for free, at: http://www.minecraft.net/play.jsp