You may have heard the question before; “What is Cyberpunk?” Maybe someone set you a challenge, instead; “Try to define Cyberpunk.” It’s one of those things that divides people. It’s likely that you, or whoever is being asked, went one of two ways.
What is Cyberpunk?, Path #1
“Simple, really. It’s where advanced technology meets the rough and ready life of city streets. It’s best summed up using the phrase, ‘High tech. Low life.'”
What is Cyberpunk?, Path #2
Maybe you start by laughing at the prospect of supplying a simple answer to such as complex question. You may even sigh, knowing that you’re going to be talking for some time. Regardless, you probably start from a historical perspective with William Gibson’s Neuromancer and Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner. Maybe, instead, you explain that ‘cyberpunk’ can be seen as both a genre of media and a culture in itself.
We’ve tried to take some of the pain out of finding a definition while also being acutely aware of the pitfalls in even trying to define something as contemporary and beloved as Cyberpunk. Our ‘What is Cyberpunk?’ page is a constantly-evolving definition to suit a genre that doesn’t stop moving.
We’ve tried to find out where it all began, what its creators thought of it, and what it is now. The quotes and images are just a start – we have plans for this and we need your help. If you’ve got your own definition you’d like to share, anecdotes of your experiences that may help explain some elusive aspects of Cyberpunk, or you know of some obscure media that many other do not, please share it with us.
So, take a look.