Flatline wrote on Jan 11, 2013, 20:12:
Edit: Cyberpunk itself is outdated as a genre. A lot of it's tropes and predictions fizzled, but really that's okay. It's "alternate future" now, on par with fantasy more than predictive sci-fi.
A genre can't be outdated. Only the interpretations of it can be...
Basically I agree, and this is why I was surprised to read that they base their newest Cyberpunk game on Cyberpunk 2020
. The setting is not bad, but it has no relevance to our current times. Robotics are constantly developing, drone warfare, corrupt banks, social developments, new technologies. All that needs to be in cyberpunk stories and extrapolated.
But you have a good point with musicians..
Still for me, cyberpunk is about transhumanism, technology, ethical, political, consumerism, moral and social shifts. That is why I think Cyberpunk 2020 is not cyberpunk. Or at least in my (probably wrong) definition.
This is also why to me, it is never outdated. As long as it takes are current times and extrapolates, a good cyberpunk story will always be relevant.