Cyberscape Neo

On the Tenth Day: @TitaniumTemplar (Cyberscape Neo). Frankly, they had me with the synthwave.

The evolution of cyberpunk-style stories is one that gets increasingly eerie and… Relatable. Like a lot of science fiction, these kinds of stories are starting to feel just around the corner rather than a far off warning. Blade Runner was a dream that, while familiar, was also very alien. Cyberscape Neo sounds almost too real.

Beyond being extremely slick and well-polished on the production side, the characters talk like gamers. If you’ve ever gotten involved in any sort of gaming, from video games to tabletop, you’ve probably sounded or heard a friend talk like at least one of these characters. The character of Rapture was eerily familiar to an old friend of mine, and I’m pretty sure I dated a Daxxis at one point.

Settings that are just this side of our reality, especially when technology is a key component, there is always this huge risk that dialogue will fall into the dreaded “dated” category. Fortunately for now, speaking from a place of experience and from listening to angry rants in the next room, this dialogue is pretty spot-on.

There are familiar elements to the story, but a lot of that is due to our conventions about the genre. Which, if you’re coming for a cyberpunk story, is what you want. The eternal questions that always haunt these stories are front and centre. What is the line between man and A.I.? Do we lose a piece of ourselves as we become more dependant on technology to ease the tensions, stress and frustrations of the “real” world? What happens when the fantasy world becomes more real to people?

There aren’t a lot of episodes yet, which makes for a very short binge if you’re wanting to dip your toes in. I’m invested though, the characters are compelling and I am eager to see how the plot plays out.

I’m gonna go jam to that opening track just one more time.