Cyberpunk is a subgenre of science fiction that features advanced science and technology in a dystopian future. On one hand, you have powerful mega-corporations and private security forces, and on the other, you have the dark and gritty underworld of illegal trade, gangs, drugs, and vice. Overall it’s science fiction set in a lawless subculture of an oppressive society dominated by computer technology.
Technological advancements have generated new forms of sub-content ‘global villages’. The steam platform allows some of these ‘villages’ of gamers to connect through forums and gaming experiences. Cyberpunk games are only a small genre of games in its library. Specifically, the cyberpunk culture creates a new kind of space for users beyond material borders to experience an end to regulation and authority.
It’s interesting that when technology first began to develop with things like the telegraph, its purpose was very centralized and its purpose was for control and efficiency, but now its the opposite with it being used to evade control and fantasize about free rein, we saw a massive change when the node (end user) gained all the control through networks and began to generate their own version of ‘internet’ or cyberspace use.
Networks matter because they are the underlying structure of our lives. And without understanding their logic we cannot change their programmes to harness their flexibility to our hopes, instead of relentlessly adapting ourselves to the instructions received from their unseen codes. Networks are the Matrix. – Manuel Castells
To get a better feel for what it’s all about I decided to download steam and play ‘Bootleg Systems’ a cyberpunk game for the first time.