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Examples of cyberpunk in a Sentence
the bank had to overhaul its online banking system after a cyberpunk broke into the accounts of thousands of customers
Recent Examples of cyberpunk from the Web
Project Melies Bloober Team has quickly become one of my favorite developers, after the creative-but-flawed Layers of Fear and then last year’s brilliant cyberpunk adventure Observer.
The series is based on a cyberpunk novel of the same name.
Ridley Scott’s 1982 classic Blade Runner popularized the cyberpunk movement (a gritty mix of neo-noir and hardcore sci-fi) back in the day, but 2049 (**** out of four; rated R; in theaters Oct. 6) perfects it.
At one point the studio said up-patching the game would be too time-consuming, given its focus on its mysterious next game, a cyberpunk fantasy set in an open-world metropolis.
His releases as Perturbator are steeped in a neo-cyberpunk aesthetic that gradually gets under one’s skin with a sense of oncoming doom befitting a dark sci-fi film.
Ridley Scott’s 1982 classic Blade Runner popularized the cyberpunk movement (a gritty mix of neo-noir and hardcore sci-fi) back in the day, but 2049 (**** out of four
Perhaps the most exciting of these is an adaptation of Neil Stephenson's 1992 cyberpunk cult hit Snow Crash.
For the final event before the big show, the remaining 12 entered the digital age in a cyberpunk standoff.
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cyberpunk and Literature
In science fiction circles, "cyberpunk" is a genre that often features countercultural antiheroes trapped in a dehumanizing high-tech future. Its roots extend back to the technical fiction of the 1940s and '50s, but it was years before it matured. The word cyberpunk was coined by writer Bruce Bethke, who wrote a story with that title in 1980. He created the term by combining "cybernetics," the science of replacing human functions with computerized ones, and "punk," the raucous music and nihilistic sensibility that became a youth culture in the 1970s and '80s. Not until the 1984 publication of William Gibson's novel, Neuromancer, however, did "cyberpunk" really take off as a term or a genre.
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CYBERPUNK Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of cyberpunk for English Language Learners
: stories about future societies that are controlled by computer technology
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