Cyberpunk Needs a Reboot

Cyberpunk once stood out as a vital genre of anti-capitalist fiction. Today, it’s been reduced to a cool retro aesthetic easily appropriated by the world’s second-richest man to market ugly Blade Runner–inspired trucks to nostalgia-drenched Gen Xers.

If you think irony is dead, you’d only have to observe Elon Musk’s recent tweet about Cyberpunk 2077. “I picked Nomad, so [the] start was a little slow, but picks up fast,” he replied when asked if he’d had a chance to play Polish studio CD Projekt Red’s long-awaited video game in December. According to […]

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