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Game Over. Play Again? Welcoming dystopia, heroes, and how Cyberpunk foretold today. With Mike Pondsmith

June 21, 2021
TOA ON AIR
Game Over. Play Again? Welcoming dystopia, heroes, and how Cyberpunk foretold today. With Mike Pondsmith
Show Notes

What can portray a dystopian society where creating miracles with tech is applauded, an uncertain future is on the precipice, and the struggle for power is palpable? 2020? No! Cyberpunk games!

We’re thrilled to invite Mike Pondsmith to the (gamers) chair. The designer that pushed dystopian gaming to the limit at the time (1988) and it still rings as loud today. Mike joins Niko, founder of TOA, to discuss how he was influenced when writing cyberpunk, why Starwars would be better as an anime, and how much responsibilities matter when you’re Player 1.

“Even the villain likes to be the hero of this own story”. Listen to how he built the game, and how it’s affecting our present way of life. It’s not about being afraid of the future, but being aware.


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