The other day, I was talking to Violet, who was talking about the addition of pop-culture to this, which she considered a primarily political blog. Of course, it's a dual-function blog though, which she remembered shortly before I commented that there wasn't as much popular culture as maybe there ought to be on here.
Interestingly enough, I've never been interested in pop-culture as much as I've been interested in geek culture, which may explain my incredible love of giant robots. this article from Kuro5hin explains a phenomenon that plagued me for many, many years before I managed to forget it - something I call Mechwarrior.
Large machines aren't anything new, but the American envisioned war machines from Mechwarrior are very different from the machines of Japanese animation. Where as the latter are huge but flexible and nearly human like in proportion and design, the mechs of American gaming and television are more like mobile weapons platforms on legs - more flexible and powerful then tanks, perhaps, but limited by terrain and weight in a way that no Japanese machine would ever admit to. I spent most of my time designing weapons systems, cockpits, and everything else for these. In any case, if you're interested in the Mechwarrior history like I've been, you might want to try the above link.
It's my opinion that large machines blowing up cities and each other has reached saturation of the mass media enough for me to post it here.
Weston at 9:12 AM