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13th Feb '17 7:38:22 PM QWERTY531
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Cyberpunk tends to be pretty hard on the MohsScaleOfSciFiHardness, usually lingering between a 4 and a 5. This makes it one of the more realistic genres of sci-fi, but also makes older stories be very prone to {{Zeerust}}. Creator/WilliamGibson himself, considered the godfather of the Cyberpunk genre, has said [[TechnologyMarchesOn that he was massively shortsighted on the advances in technology that would occur over the next three decades]]. The infamous "three megabytes of hot RAM" in ''Literature/{{Neuromancer}}'' are [[HilariousInHindsight laugh-inducing]] to a modern audience who consider an eight gigabyte MP3 player to be one of the cheap and low-capacity ones.

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Cyberpunk tends to be pretty hard on the MohsScaleOfSciFiHardness, usually lingering between a 4 and a 5. This makes it one of the more realistic genres of sci-fi, but also makes older stories be very prone to {{Zeerust}}. Creator/WilliamGibson himself, considered the godfather of the Cyberpunk genre, has said [[TechnologyMarchesOn that he was massively shortsighted on the advances in technology that would occur over the next three decades]]. The infamous "three megabytes of hot RAM" in ''Literature/{{Neuromancer}}'' are [[HilariousInHindsight laugh-inducing]] to a modern audience who consider an eight gigabyte MP3 player to be one of the cheap and low-capacity ones.
ones -- and even moreso to mid-2010's audiences who've already eschewed outdated MP3 players in lieu of smartphones that now integrate music playback features into their core systems. Technology marches on, indeed.
8th Feb '17 12:38:26 PM ElectroKraken
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26th Jan '17 8:03:46 PM mitcher
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* Similar to ''Film/{{Brazil}}'', the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KxtgS2lU94 music video]] of Music/{{Bjork}}'s "Army of Me" has shades of this (technology and tone-wise) and DieselPunk (visually).
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26th Jan '17 7:07:38 AM Morgenthaler
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* The Terran society in ''{{Starcraft}}'' is a crossover between this and SpaceWestern.

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* The Terran society in ''{{Starcraft}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Starcraft}}'' is a crossover between this and SpaceWestern.
22nd Jan '17 3:10:20 PM otemple700
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* Combined with UrbanFantasy is ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'', where half of the franchise features high-tech technology and social conflict. It also involves some magic practitioners who try to have high technology destroyed. Though the mostly idealistic nature has it lean more towards PostCyberpunk.
22nd Jan '17 2:50:02 PM otemple700
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** And ''SeriesKamenRiderFaiz'' brought cyberpunk to Kamen Rider before Double, with its evil MegaCorp conspiracy and the transhumanistic themes present in the Orphnochs.

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** And ''SeriesKamenRiderFaiz'' ''Series/KamenRiderFaiz'' brought cyberpunk to Kamen Rider before Double, with its evil MegaCorp conspiracy and the transhumanistic themes present in the Orphnochs.
17th Jan '17 11:57:51 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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Heroes are often [[PlayfulHacker computer hackers]] or rebels, {{antihero}}es almost to a man. These characters -- "criminals, outcasts, visionaries, dissenters and misfits" -- call to mind the private eye of detective fiction. This emphasis on the misfits and the malcontents is the "punk" component of cyberpunk. On the other hand, major villains are almost inevitably {{Police State}}s or [[MegaCorp multinational conglomerates]] led by [[CorruptCorporateExecutive powerful businessmen]] with a number of gun-toting {{Mooks}} and {{corrupt politician}}s ([[OneNationUnderCopyright or even an entire nation]]) at their beck and call.

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Heroes are often [[PlayfulHacker computer hackers]] or rebels, [[CoolPeopleRebelAgainstAuthority rebels]], {{antihero}}es almost to a man. These characters -- "criminals, outcasts, visionaries, dissenters and misfits" -- call to mind the private eye of detective fiction. This emphasis on the misfits and the malcontents is the "punk" component of cyberpunk. On the other hand, major villains are almost inevitably {{Police State}}s or [[MegaCorp multinational conglomerates]] led by [[CorruptCorporateExecutive powerful businessmen]] with a number of gun-toting {{Mooks}} and {{corrupt politician}}s ([[OneNationUnderCopyright or even an entire nation]]) at their beck and call.
11th Jan '17 11:52:55 AM TheRedRedKroovy
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* Website/SomethingAwful parodied this in their "Great Authors Series", imagining what classic authors would write if they [[GenreAdultery stepped wildly outside their comfort zone]], with [[http://www.somethingawful.com/news/gibson-neuromancer-twitter/ a piece]] imagining what it would look like if Creator/WilliamGibson wrote about a present-day (2013) kid looking for {{doujinshi}}. The omnipresence of Japanese {{otaku}} culture, the [[OnlyElectricSheepAreCheap "electric cigarettes"]] and five-hour energy drinks, the information traveling in from far-flung Shinjuku, Toronto, and Dallas in the blink of an eye, a Dell laptop running the fancy-sounding Chrome operating system, and social media are described in terms straight out of cyberpunk... with only the last sentence ruining the illusion:
-->"What Vektor discovered in his Website/{{Twitter}} feed caused him to hesitate. Something unbelievable was unfolding around the world in real time, bouncing from server to server and metastasizing as a constant chorus of Tweets scrolling through his overloaded feed. It was even worse than he feared. [[spoiler:A comedian had just made a rape joke.]]"
8th Jan '17 11:38:52 AM nombretomado
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* The entirety of the ''[[{{Marvel2099}} Marvel 2099]]'' lineup.

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* The entirety of the ''[[{{Marvel2099}} Marvel 2099]]'' ''ComicBook/Marvel2099'' lineup.
22nd Dec '16 6:37:16 AM Wuz
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* Interestingly, the latest entry in the ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty'' series, ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyAdvancedWarfare'', uses this for its setting, with the highly advanced technology being contrasted with the poor conditions of the populace, and a giant MegaCorp that has grown to rival the power of sovereign nations. The levels were you are introduced to main base of said corporation and the corporate run camp for the surviving populace demonstrate this trope extensively.

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* Interestingly, the latest 11th entry in the ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty'' series, ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyAdvancedWarfare'', uses this for its setting, with the highly advanced technology being contrasted with the poor conditions of the populace, and a giant MegaCorp that has grown to rival the power of sovereign nations. The levels were you are introduced to main base of said corporation and the corporate run camp for the surviving populace demonstrate this trope extensively.
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