Posts Tagged ‘Mike Pondsmith’

Cyberpunk’s creator on helping CD Projekt Red stay true to the genre’s real meaning

During my conversation with Mike Pondsmith, two people ask him to sign artwork from the Cyberpunk pen and paper game that he created. He tells me “it never stops being weird”, the fact that people want his autograph, but he gets it. Cyberpunk is cool, it’s rebellion, it’s sticking an augmented finger to the system. And it’s not just an aesthetic.

“At core, unless you have the meaning behind the black leather and the neon, you lose what cyberpunk is. That’s the problem with getting Cyberpunk made as a videogame; people don’t get it. They think it’s about action heroes quipping as they take down corporations.” Over the years, Pondsmith has made deals with companies to bring Cyberpunk to PC but says he’s glad that those deals “crashed” because now the real deal has arrived. CD Projekt Red, the studio behind The Witcher and upcoming Cyberpunk 2077, “get it”. “They’re actual fans and they know stuff about Cyberpunk that I’ve forgotten.”

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Mike Pondsmith Talks Reinventing Cyberpunk

Mike Pondsmith is a busy man. So busy, admittedly, that he was only able to exchange words via the cold, unfeeling cyber-pigeon communication medium that is email. Which, I suppose, is kind of fitting given the subject matter, but I generally try to avoid it. Still though, I was able to at least extract some details about Pondsmith’s place in CD Projekt’s massive Cyberpunk 2077 puzzle, especially in regards to world development and what makes a videogame “cyberpunk” to begin with. For example, Deus Ex? Not cyberpunk, says Pondsmith. All that and more after the break.

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Mike Pondsmith Looks Moody, Talks Cyberpunk


Those handsome men at CDP have put out a video featuring Cyberpunk creator – that’s creator of the original pen and paper RPG system (and one of my own nerd-heroes) – Mike Pondsmith. I was surprised to see Mr Pondsmith appear at Cyberpunk 2077‘s initial unveiling, and it seems that CDP are very much bringing him along the ride as their create their new digital RPG. Which is a good thing, because he’s an extremely smart and creative guy, who did a lot to define Cyberpunk as a game concept and a setting, and will no doubt provide some worthy input in this new game.

So yeah. This isn’t a game trailer so much as just a transmission from one of the minds most fundamentally responsible for it, and I wish game promotion was more about this sort of material, frankly.
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