sin spirit

  It was the first fair I went to alone. The side shows attracted me a lot, all the gambling booths not so much. Except one. It featured those moving stairs littered with coins. The player’s task was to insert coins which roll down a movable rail and then drop onto the moving stairs. The goal is to drop the coins in order to have the stairs triggering an avalanche of coins. The avalanche then falls into an abyss and resurface in a tray outside of the game-apparatus’ glass-cage. From this tray you then can pick up your gain, hoping … Continue reading

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connection

  The slight apparition of a smile is irritating. Deckard whips out his lightsaber from its holster concealed beyond the left shoulder. In the very fraction of a moment when the thumb strives for the blade’s ignition switch, when the fingers loose their opponent, when the primate’s hand’s unique ability to form a circle and grasp the things in their entirety is nullified, the other one strikes his wrist.     Despite of black mirrorshades their eyes are locked, never unlock, not even when their hands briefly connect. Connect incredibly fast. Vagaries of perception. Had their indeed been a shadow … Continue reading

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tally’s eyes

  “Look, Turner, here’s your leading lady.” The man smiled up at Jane Hamilton, who smiled back, her wide blue eyes clear and perfect, each iris ringed with the minute gold lettering of the Zeiss Ikon logo. Turner froze, caught in a split-second lock of indecision. The star was close, too close, and the pale man was rising. Turner looked at her. She was twenty, four years his junior, and earned roughly nine times his annual salary in a given week. She was blonde, her hair cropped short for the series role, deeply tanned, and looked as if she was … Continue reading

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bounty hunter

  During the last nights, in the hours when I couldn’t find sleep—and believe me, I can’t find sleep—I read Do androids dream of electric sheep? (↑Dick 2005[1968]) in order to really get into the cyberpunk-mood. And I succeeded. When I got up this morning I was in the mood and went out to buy the Blade Runner DVD. Headed straight for the biggest store in town. No luck, hardly could believe it. I mean, it’s a classic. Anyway, went on hunting and haunted several joints, till I found an expert clerk who told me that the DVD was no … Continue reading

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mr. lomas

  And the things are intertwined. All things. Just one or two weeks ago I bought a DVD-set containing the three Matrix-movies (see according ↑essay at ↑cyberpunkreview.com), The Animatrix, and a heap of so-called bonus-material. I carried the whole box to a friend—who happens to work for Oracle [sic!]—and during the last days, or nights, I found time to finally watch Reloaded and Revolutions in full, and five of the nine Animatrix-short-movies. Before I only had had a look upon the modding-relevant scenes of the sequels … have a look at theHunted’s fabulous rendition of ↵The Chateau. In respect to … Continue reading

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compupromo

  ↑According to SFAM, besides the dirty, hyper-realistic “lived-in” looks and dark motifs contrasted by schocking neon color schemes, there’s yet another element defining cyberpunk visuals—a sense of slick style. Additionally, in the ↑comments to the Blade Runner review, DannyV_El_Acme and SFAM agreed on the movie’s famous pane featuring the huge billboard with the cute geisha being one of the most recognizable topoi/icons of the cyberpunk genre, as a lot of cyberpunk’s essence is captured within that one shot: asian influence, technology, alluring chicks, mega-corporations, dystopic futures, etc. Now, when dealing with any aspect of cyberculture, the history of technology … Continue reading

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morphement day

      SFAM’s ↑review of the 1991 T2 just reminded me of my favourite sequences from this movie, which drew a lot of people to ↵cg, I guess. And the last one … I mean, that’s ↵boom—headshot! With no blood’n’gore involved whatsoever.  In his heuristically defining essay ↑What is cyberpunk? SFAM says: “Often cyberpunk films will have a single dominating color that permeates the film.” Well, The Matrix is green, that’s obvious—is T2 blue, or is it just the screencaps I chose? … Continue reading

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mk vs sf 2

  If you embrace over-the-top renditions of martial arts as to be seen in the famous Xiaoxiao-movies (see ↵style and ↵megaman and xiaoxiao) then ↑Mortal Kombat vs. Street Fighter 2 [.swf | 5.3MB] definitely is something for you. Hilarious and, well—even touching … ? In any case perfect for Christmas. Don’t miss its predecessor ↑Mortal Kombat vs. Street Fighter [.swf | 4.0MB]. And here’s an ↑interview with Proxicide, creator of both flash-movies. These crossovers between two computergames immediately reminded me of the first DC/Marvel ↑crossover comic from 1976: ↑Superman vs. the Amazing Spider-Man (↑pics). In a way crossovers very much … Continue reading

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picasso’s skeleton

The 1956 documentary movie ↑Le Mystère Picasso by director Henri-Georges Clouzot mediated a new way of experiencing contemporary fine art. For the camera Pablo Picasso painted live on vertically erect canvasses and the painting process was filmed from behind the canvasses, so that the artist himself couldn’t get in the way of the viewer. One of the stunning things to watch is that Picasso does not at all hesitate to paint over things already at the canvas, which the viewer already deems to be perfect. He simply extinguishes beautiful drawings by painting over them in a seemingly blunt fashion. Was … Continue reading

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