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Alright lads, listen up, yeah? Next time yah dahn the boozer, check aht the poker machine what's ready to swallah all ya nuggets, yeah.. Cos, it's diamond, innit.

Right. Enough of talking like I'm in a film by Guy Ritchie. It hurts my head. What i'm trying to say is: If you happen to find yourself having a drink in your local public house, then you should probably look out for the new machine by CosmicVideo Games - the 'Heads-Up Challenge' poker table.

That is, of course, if you like that sort of thing.

Pub Guru: What is Steampunk, and can it iron my trousers?

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Pub Guru is a new weekly feature which will give you enough knowledge about a particular techie subject, allowing you to bamboozle your mates down at your local boozer with. Hey, better than talking about pork scratchings...

No doubt you've heard the word being bandied around of late, either here, or on Steampunk-crazy sites such as Boing Boing or Gizmodo, who seem to cover everything that's churned out of enthusiasts' workshops these days.

Coined in the 1980s, 'steampunk' can be used to describe forms of fantasy fiction from writers such as H.G. Wells, William Gibson, art from people like Alan Moore or Hayao Miyazaki, or how we techies know it best, as souped-up pieces of technology which have been kitted out to resemble something from Victorian era England. Ever see that anime film from the makers of Akira, Steamboy? Now we're on the same polished brass page...

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