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"If you want to get somebody to kind of see your point of view, don't preach," says Cyberpunk creator Pondsmith

"If you want to get somebody to kind of see your point of view, don't preach," says Cyberpunk creator Pondsmith

The creator of the Cyberpunk tabletop roleplaying game Mike Pondsmith has said that preaching is not the way to get people to see your world view.

Speaking to GamesIndustry.biz, the games veteran said that the original Cyberpunk featured transgender characters as that was in his worldview and that he wasn't preaching to the title's audience.

"The first thing is, if you want to get somebody to kind of see your point of view, don't preach," Pondsmith said.

"At least for Talsorian, we always had kind of a generally progressive leaning anyway. A lot of this is kind of like, 'yeah, we were doing this back in the '80s.' We had transgender people running around in Cyberpunk in 1989...because my friends are transgender. So what's the deal? Why not? But that's not preaching -- this is the world I see."

Cyberpunk is, of course, the same series as the forthcoming and eagerly anticipated RPG title from CD Projekt RED Cyberpunk 2077. We caught up with senior level designer Miles Tost at Gamescom this year to find out more about working on the most anticipated video game on the horizon at the moment.


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He has also written for GamesIndustry.biz, VGC, Games London, The Observer/Guardian and Esquire UK.

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