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Welcome to the future, everything sucks.

Cyberpunk Is Sci Fi That Is Always Dirty And Everything Is Bad

Cyberpunk can be a tricky genre to nail down. It is firmly planted in science fiction, but it tends to be darker and grittier. Cyberpunk is often associated with visual elements.
Cyberpunk futures are never fun or silly. They're always fundamentally messed up and the stories tend to revolve around class warfare. None of those things are bad, and are all general tropes often associated with science fiction. The issue with cyberpunk is that it's so close to our time in many ways.
Technology has changed so much since the beginning of the cyberpunk genre in the mid 20th century. Plugging a wire into something to hack it seems silly when everything is wireless.
Cyberpunk dystopias tend to lack human empathy and emotion. Everyone is too locked into their screens or whatever to realize love was inside them the whole time.
If you want an example of how cyberpunk can age poorly, you need only look at the changes the game Shadowrun has gone through in terms of setting and minor mechanics. Bad cyberpunk can easily get lost up its own rear end, and can end up being all flash and no substance.
Figuring out what exactly makes something truly cyberpunk is often up for debate. It's a "you'll know it when you see it" kind of thing. I personally am not a fan of the sub-genre.
What do these things do? Who cares. Looks edgy and cool.
What do these things do? Who cares. Looks edgy and cool.
Trees and grass? Sorry bud, this is cyberpunk. Never heard of 'em.
Trees and grass? Sorry bud, this is cyberpunk. Never heard of 'em.
“Cyberpunk dystopias tend to lack human empathy and emotion. ”
Fancy eyewear is absolutely necessary in the dirty cyberpunk future.
Fancy eyewear is absolutely necessary in the dirty cyberpunk future.
All the ladies of cyberpunk are sexy ladies. Those are the rules.
All the ladies of cyberpunk are sexy ladies. Those are the rules.

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beautifulliar | Mar. 14, 2018

Then all the squeaky clean futures are the most evil.

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