Cyberpunk Anticipated the High-Tech Assault on Democracy We’re All Living Through

Nestled away in the second half of the Cyberpunk 2020 rulebook is a timeline of the future, starting in 1990 and spanning the following 30 years. Made up of a list of major events and developments, at its heart is the story of the collapse of the United States of America. Needing a way to throw the games’ players into a full-fledged dystopia in just three short decades, Pondsmith drew up an absolute worst-case scenario shit list of what could possibly go wrong. At the time, it felt both scarily plausible and a work of dystopian fantasy; looking back at it now, it feels not just eerily prescient but at times almost tame. Read more (One Zero)

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