If you only watch one short 3D animated film with Chinese and steampunk influences, make it this one.
I'll be honest with you, this doesn't have a great deal to do with gaming, or even gaming culture, but it's so charming, I felt obliged to share. Water Brain is a short animation created by Vimeo user Johann.Poo, a student at the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, although that might be a pseudonym for a few people, or all the people in Guangzhou for all I know, as my Chinese is non-existent.
The plot summary for Water Brain is as follows:
"This is a story about mental pressure. In this story, the kids are constantly forced to bury themselves into their endless homework by those giant monsters behind them. The children's brains are filled with water that can be heated by tension. If a kid is overstressed, the water in their brain would boil and produce steam, which becomes the food of the greedy monsters and the energy of the whole city. Thus, those poor children repeat their lives day after day, serving as the power plant of their world, spending their childhood in tragic misery...... "
It's at once bizarre and brilliant. You can see the video here, and I whole-heartedly suggest that you do.
Source: Boing Boing