HawkMan, on 10 January 2013 - 23:43, said:
That's not entirely true. cyberpunk just mixes cyber with punk. both Neuromancer and Snowcrash showed a "dichotomy"( I think that's the right world) world, Where you have the clean rich cyber world, and you have the underworld where the people who don't fit in get cheap work done before they do the dirty work of the rich people so they can become the rich people.
Both Cypberpunk 2020(what 2077 is based on) and Shadowrun actually had clean futuristic worlds. they also had the dirty undergrounds, at least in Shadowrun that's where you the shadowrunner lives, and get your contacts, meat the fixer and Mr Johnson. but most of the work you do, is done in the fancy corporate areas, their homes, their factories, their storages.
it does seem to draw a lot of inspiration from Ghost in the shell as well as a very unfortunately short lived anime series called Cyber cops or something, but that's also ok, especially since they are also cyberpunk.
Of course, the upper class in cyberpunk is clean. A stark contrast from the working class (Neuromancer (and cyberpunk in general) afterall was a marxist-esque critique to technology dependence. Cant be more punk than that.).
However this trailer seems to depict the underworld. And what I see strikes me as cyberpunk-light. A Michael Bay's depiction of the genre.
I know I'm being picky, but that's because cyberpunk is one of the countercultural movements and aesthetic that fascinates me the most. Specially the old school depictions of Snatcher and Blade Runner. Specially the intertwine of new technology with primitive computer interfaces.
Skin, on 11 January 2013 - 01:00, said:
maybe cyberpunk came home after a long day on the streets and decided to take a shower and wash off all that grit and emo.
How is grit emo?
Humor me and imagine this: A painter creates a beautiful abstract piece, then decides to paint at the center of the piece a realistic object (an apple, a house, doesn't matter) and finally the artist calls his work as abstract. Yes, the abstract elements are there in the background, but the object at the center makes the whole painting something else. Not worse, not better, just something else. It cant be called abstract as such style has a very definite set of rules.