William Gibson doesn't think Cyberpunk 2077 is cyberpunk enough

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That Cyberpunk 2077 E3 2018 trailer was a lot to take in: neon mohawks, MMA androids, flying cars, non-flying but somehow cooler cars, a lot of guns. But William Gibson, author of Neuromancer and father of cyberpunk, isn't convinced.

"The trailer for Cyberpunk 2077 strikes me as GTA skinned-over with a generic 80s retro-future," Gibson wrote on twitter (opens in new tab), "but hey, that's just me."

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It has to sting a little to be called 'generic 80s retro-future' by the person who helped invent the genre your game is named after (first in the form of Mike Pondsmith's tabletop game). To be fair, though, Gibson also spends his time on Twitter retweeting New York Times op-ed columnist Paul Krugman and former George W. Bush speechwriter David Frum, and that isn't very cyberpunk, either.

What did you think of the trailer? Too retro-future? Just right?

Tyler Wilde
Executive Editor

Tyler grew up in Silicon Valley during the rise of personal computers, playing games like Zork and Arkanoid on the early PCs his parents brought home. He was later captivated by Myst, SimCity, Civilization, Command & Conquer, Bushido Blade (yeah, he had Bleem!), and all the shooters they call "boomer shooters" now. In 2006, Tyler wrote his first professional review of a videogame: Super Dragon Ball Z for the PS2. He thought it was OK. In 2011, he joined PC Gamer, and today he's focused on the site's news coverage. His hobbies include amateur boxing and adding to his 1,200-plus hours in Rocket League.