Odd Worlds

Star dust. And nothingness.

A silence of surreal nature.

Bright sparkles into the depths of darkness.

They call them stars.

Little children of creation, velocity and expanded universality.

Principles of momentum. Delays and time-evading scenery.

Paradox. And Space.

Ambiance.

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Cyberpunk Mind-trip: Cycle 1.0 – Optimal Sync

The notions presented here come together as a series of articles called Cyberpunk Mind-trip. Here I will present notions, theories, arguments, detailed facts and other perceptions upon the cyberpunk genre as seen in literature, film and in the gaming industry – also as a potential existential phenomenon.

I’ve always been attracted to new technological advances, a world of neons and lights underneath a digital sky, how electric devices can offer new perspectives upon the surrounding realities and how the human mind is able to produce ideas about what the future can hold.

Although nowadays it isn’t a very popular genre – the cyberpunk movement was a “big thing” in the late ’80s. Dreaming of machines doing everything, androids and robots achieving self-awareness and huge cities with flying cars and holographic ads were some concepts that in the young mind and not only – created a cascade of reachable possibilities.

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The expansion of arcades, new technologies used in film for creating science-fiction titles, books as Neuromancer by William Gibson – achieved something that at the time was a launching pad for future developments.

Recently I’ve played Observer – a psychological horror game – set in a cyberpunk world – which hold the clichéic key element of high tech – low life. I will write an entire guide/conceptual review of the game as part of these cyberpunk themed articles, taking notes as I will play it once more – I guess starting this night.

It is commonly known that these futuristic imagined worlds in the cyberpunk genre are filled with technologies which seem impossible but the social development has drastically been reduced to a pile of filth and ignorance. Because of the their modified bodies and minds – people often forget what they are. There is a pointed-out problem with overpopulation – and the cities in this lucid-dreamed future are filled with old, forgotten, rotting nuances of trash.

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Pollution, smoke and fog, rain, dark skies – the climate is not depicted very friendly. It seems that life was only able to carry on because of the genetic modifications and the bio-hacking procedures.

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Not only cyberpunk is a genre – it is also a futuristic lineament of a culture. It comes with its own ideas, rules and regulations.

The dystopian procedure.

Big corporations – an Illuminati of digitalism risen above the perverted, mocked-up society of enhancements.

One notion that is strongly associated with the culture is tech literacy. You got to know your devices, your code and hacking tools.

Because it is Cyber-Punk – an anti-authoritarian movement is in order to be implemented. This comes also with vision and uniqueness when choosing the clothing styles. A combination of surreal and bio-mechanical outfits rule the scenery.

There could be filled volumes with the analysis of the outside aspects of the genre. But keeping things much simpler is the best way to understand a culture and all it’s subcultures and ramifications.

We can break down a basic definition of cyberpunk by dissecting the word itself. Cyber refers to technology, and is most often associated with cyberspace (this word was originally coined by William Gibson himself), and cybernetic enhancements to the body. But this can can also refer to other technologies such as biotechnology and nanotechnology for instance.

Punk, on the other hand, refers to the people and the attitude that cyberpunk has. Protagonists in cyberpunk tend to be outsiders, anti-heroes, outcasts, criminals, visionaries, dissenters, and misfits. The underlying aspect that applies to all of these groups is their subversive nature.

Popular in media are printed works as Neuromancer, Count Zero, Mona Lisa Drive by William Gibson, the Eclipse Trilogy by John Shirley, anime works as Akira, Ghost in the Shell, Ergo Proxy, Serial Experiments Lain, movies like Blade Runner and its sequel Blade Runner 2049, Hackers, Robocop.

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Also the gaming industry came with a set of titles like Observer (as seen above), Deus Ex, System Shock, Oni, Cypher and others like the long awaited and not yet released Cyberpunk 2077.

As a general statement cyberpunk is collection of wires inducing violet dreams.

It has associated  a palette of colors varying from purple to green and from light blue to turquoise. Also the music associated with it ranges from static ambience and city sounds to electrifying beats and even dubstep-ish wobbles.

The future articles will cover essential reading, short movies and big-screens films, games, other important aspects of the culture, music mixes, fashion trends and more. For now you can begin exploring more of the cyberpunk world with this music mix.

 

 

YouTube Channel

So regarding my YouTube channel.. I just came up with this idea.. Since I have lots to do.. to study.. and I ain’t got the time I’d want to spend on gaming [insert sadness function here] and since there are tons of walkthroughs on each game released.. I will use my channel mainly to post short videos of ambient atmospheres, dialogues, puzzles, music videos and gameplays of indie games and also parts of gameplays from various games I am playing at a certain time.

Recently I posted a full walk-through of a short horror indie game called Which. I would like to post more videos but practically with my schedule now it is kinda impossible. But I’ll try to find time for that. At least two/three videos per week. Sounds reasonable for now.

You can check out my videos here – Darkstep Gaming.

Below is my latest video uploaded. Enjoy.

 

10 Months (And Counting).

Another step towards 500 years together :))

Today, exactly 10 months ago, I was surprised to see a notification.. A friend accept.. I was telling myself.. What is going on here.. Hmmm.. Let’s see.

And I said good morning. She replied. We were both on the bus, on our way to job. The first day we didn’t actually talk much, we had time for that later… and then… we just.. happened. And 10 months later here we are.. doing everything together.

And it seems that this is just the beginning.. A long road is still ahead of us.

So.. for every minute of every hour of every day  since the first words you wrote to me.. I loved you.

You are my strength, my joy, my happiness. Especially these times when are so many things to do, you are always there, giving me a helpful hand. I appreciate everything you did for me. I’ll never forget that.

So let this evening settle in, cuz we have a lot to do from this point forward..

TOGETHER.

P.S. I adore your cooking, can’t wait for your anniversary pancakes <3.

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Today..

And I got another exam today.. Business Modeling Languages and Software.. feel kinda prepared but who knows.. hope everything will be alright. I learned elements of BPMN, Petri Nets and Process Mining. I have to take a break, do some shopping and then read a little bit more before this exam.

And my companion for today is this mix. 🙂

Dark Piano Playlist [Lucas King]

So today I found this mix of dark piano tunes affliliated with certain mental disorders.. Composed by Lucas King.

You can find the artist’s work accessing the following links:

Patreon https://www.patreon.com/LucasKingPiano

Fiverr https://www.fiverr.com/lucaskingpiano

Bandcamp https://lucaskingpiano.bandcamp.com/r…

YouNow https://www.younow.com/LucasKingPiano…

Instagram http://bit.ly/1VlAYcP

Twitter http://bit.ly/1bxbJj3

Facebook http://bit.ly/1X486n7

Wattpad http://w.tt/1VgR06v4757

SoundCloud http://bit.ly/1QkWkSL