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  • Bryan Alexander Tuesday, 18th September 2012 at 16:46

    Agreed about AC cyberpunk. When I fired up the first game I was surprised, having expected the medieval part.
    Cyberpunk is becoming so ubiquitous we no longer need to notice it.

    • zephyrin_xirdal Tuesday, 18th September 2012 at 21:53

      Bryan, I am glad that you agree on cyberpunk becoming ubiquitous :) Just the day before yesterday I returned from the annual conference of the Association for Research in the Fantastic, which this hear took place in Zurich, Switzerland. Kindly enough they had me invited as a keynote speaker. So of course I tortured them with my idea of cyberpunk as a Foucaultian discourse which gathers ever more momentum. Assassin’s Creed being cyberpunk I threw in as an example—exactly because of your experience: expecting the middle ages and getting an evil corporation / high tech scenario for starters. I wouldn’t have blogged this little observation if I hadn’t run into Jack London’s novel last night and had been stricken by the parallels.
          Anyway, what also struck me was that at the conference cyberpunk never was mentioned (but steampunk twice). May it be the case that the scholars of the fantastic don’t like cyberpunk? Not even as an innocent denominator for a discourse?

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