Welcome back to another Cyberpunk 2077 lore
discussion. In Mike Pondsmiths Cyberpunk narrative, most individuals are upgraded with cyberware,
neuralware, bioware and so on, so a question which often arises, is what happened to the
sports that many people now enjoy, given the advantages augmentation potentially provide
to an athlete. Before starting, I wish to preface the discussion
by clarifying a few terms. Due to having a global audience, it is sometimes problematic
deciding which phrases to use in my videos, or whether or not to use Cyberpunk slang.
So, for this discussion I will be using American sporting terms. For those who are from Europe,
football, the sort that Juventus, Barcelona, Manchester United etc. play, will be referred
to as soccer in this video. American Football will just be called football.
Up to the year 2000, sports, and the athletes involved were identical to what you are familiar
with today. Then came the collapse. As far as the USA was concerned, professional sports
simply stopped being relevant for a decade. As people changed, so did their taste in sport.
Increasingly, violent pastimes became the American obsession. After the martial government
managed to re-establish order, they came to the conclusion that there was a need to entertain
the populace, and thus the concept of professional athletes using cyberware came to fruition.
The huge stadiums of the pre-collapse are mostly gone, ruins at best, built on cheap,
low lying land. Some that survived served as fortresses like the Arrowhead complex in
Kansas City, or command posts and jails during the martial law period, like the Giants stadium
in New York. Others were inundated by swamp, or cannibalized by the rebuilders of America.
These relics tend to be the only reminders of professional sports prior to the collapse.
The professional sports industry of the information age needed to be truly global, truly brutal,
and truly cathartic for a population of almost five billion humans. It had to be different
on a massive scale. International Soccer was the only sport followed globally, but since
nationalism was dead in the greater sense, the corporations took over sponsorship of
games. Teams like the Arasaka Sakuras, The Militech Rangers, and the OrbAir Flyers not
only generated valuable public relations, they made money as well. The Night City death
dealers is particularly popular in Night City and on the World Sports Network sat channels.
There are no stars on this team as most players don’t survive long enough to get a following.
The first cyberware augmented players were added for the 2006 season. By 2008, so much
of the game was cybernetic that the ball had to be redesigned to handle 500 psi impacts.
In 2012, the design was changed again, to a smaller solid design that could both withstand
the pressures of augmented play and allow more finesse.
The eleven-man teams of the old days have been streamlined for modern times; the stadiums
were no longer cost-efficient. The players, however, remain expendable, and thus modern
football is the most violent sanctioned sport of 2020. As far as the players are concerned,
cyberware is the main rule. Only full-conversion cyborgs and linear frames are disallowed.
The full-body armour used is often adorned with spikes, and not just for show either.
Fatalities are a must for big ratings in 2020, and these men, and women are eager to please.
All of this cyberware is usually quick change. Constant use would cause a much greater percentage
of cyberpsychosis than is already present, and that is no small amount.
Contrary to what one might think, this version of football is not all about violence and
cyberware. Its actually a game heavily dependent upon finesse and style. This is because if
a player does get hit, the impact can be rather messy if not fatal, so most do whatever possible
to avoid that outcome. The other changes in the rules have also significantly changed
how the game is played. The field size has been cut in half, with
the goal depth shortened to five meters. Teams are seven-man, with a maximum roster of eighteen.
The uprights are only one-quarter their original width, though only half as tall. Extra points
are a thing of the past, as are roughing penalties. The field is surrounded by a five-meter concrete
wall, and there is no out-of-bounds. A touchdown is worth five points. A field goal is worth
two points. There are no other ways to score. There are still many similarities. The game
still lasts an hour, broken into halves and quarters. The skills of passing, rushing,
blocking, and blitzing are still instrumental in winning. Its been said that a fan of pre-collapse
football would still be able to recognise the sport in its modern incarnation.
While football is the most violent sanctioned sport, it is by no means the only violent
sport, and may be considered tame compared to some of the gang sports of 2020. Even the
gangs came to conclusion, that when dealing with the police and corporations, killing
each other may not necessarily be the best strategy. This supposedly enlightened thinking,
has created a number of new sports, albeit they are somewhat disorganized in comparison
to the professional counterparts. There are usually no referees, and rarely any organized
teams. On the rare occasion there is a referee, they are usually armed with assault rifles.
Teams tend to be small, usually only four or five players. Occasionally, they may be
increased in size, if multiple gangs are involved. There is no time limit, the game is over only
when one team cannot continue. The distinction in violence is very clear. The idea is to
temporarily incapacitate the other team. Open killing is forbidden, intentional maiming
is an even greater taboo. These sports are collectively known as sticking. The term sticking
is just coming into common usage. It is taken from the similarity of all the sports equipment
used. In the UK, a sport called caveball developed.
It is a highly lethal variant of ice hockey and Gaelic football. Described as having everything,
violence, blood, fast, explosive action, and frequent messy deaths, it is the sport of
the ghetto and now competes in popularity with soccer. In contrast to its American counterparts,
soccer remains the number one game in the United Kingdom, but no cyberware is allowed.
Crowd violence inside stadiums has been eradicated, as many grounds now have automatic mini guns
installed. A cyber enhanced version, more in common with the American counterpart also
exists. For those who follow the premier league or champions league, most of the teams simply
folded over due to financial issues. The UK, also has two NFL franchises, the London Ravens
and the Glasgow Lions. Many of the old sports are still around, but
they are in scattered and disconcerted states. Golf is still played by some executives, but
if you don’t play combat handball, then you are not in the in crowd. In Europe golf continues
to be popular, although participants must register all their cyberware. This has meant
that the rules were revised significantly, with new handicaps. Baseball is still a primarily
un augmented sport, there is almost no cyberware usage at all. The American pastime is not
so popular anymore, though in Asia it is still the leading sport of young people.
As for Razorball, this actually poses quite the conundrum. It’s briefly mentioned as a
sport that is played by gangs residing in the Night City combat zone within an abandoned
ice-skating ring, but details of what it involves remains elusive. Another issue that you might
encounter, is a historical one. If you played Cyberpunk 2013 and Cyberpunk 2020 when it
came out in the late 1980s or early 1990s, during this time period there was a certain
fantasy football game from Games Workshop called Blood Bowl. The relevance of this,
is that quite a few pen and paper gamers back in the day, simply called RazorBall, Blood
Bowl albeit the two have no association with each other. Not a huge issue, but some people
still tend to use the names interchangeably. The area of combat sports aka death sports,
is still rare for several reasons. The most pressing of these is money. Even in 2020,
sport is big business. It may not have reached the absurd levels of pre-collapse America,
but this does not mean that the forces of capitalism are impotent.
As a matter of fact, the global popularity of augmented soccer and football constitute
a stronger rationale for high salaries, after all, these players are world heroes, not just
national ones. How can these athletes justify their salaries?
Endorsements. The corporations that control these athletes have a monopoly on a huge sector
of market share. If these players do not have long and illustrious careers, then they cannot
recoup their respective company’s capital investment. This does not mean that players
don’t die, they do. Its predicted that almost seventy five percent of the players in augmented
football will not survive five active seasons. The advances in medical technology have reduced
most deaths to mere maiming, followed by a long recovery and training period. Enough
irreparable brain damage occurs over time, there are even rumours that some players are
actually brain-dead, living on chipped routines that keep them moving and playing under AI
control. The non-corporate controlled Nomad and Gang
sports are usually very bloody. For the most part, there is no long-term payoff in athletes
killing each other for a living. While augmented sports allow for a great deal of cathartic
violence, true combat sports have failed to make the transition.
The closest thing to a nationwide big-money death sport are the North American finals
of the World Kumite Tournament that passes through every two years. Despite attempts
to keep combat drugs and cyberware to a minimum, killings in the ring are not uncommon.
This does not mean that there are no true death sports. Some areas of the world sponsor
prison inmate gladiatorial contests, full contact obstacle courses, martial arts, death
duels, and other wargames of all sorts. Some of these sports involve condemned people who
must win to survive. These sports are still technically illegal in America, but that has
never stopped the market form suppling demand. Two main points arise from this discussion,
how many of these sports will feature in Cyberpunk 2077 and will V be able to participate in
any. Boxing and some form of Basketball has already been seen in gameplay footage, however
in terms of football and soccer the impact of the fourth corporate war on such activities
is currently unknown. In the past, during the Witcher 3, a particularly
memorable quest was the Fists of Fury, where Geralt effectively enters a combat sport.
It’s difficult to see whether or not CD Projekt Red might adopt something similar for V. In
my experience, generally the first-person perspective does not lend itself as well to
melee combat sport as the third person perspective, as movement tends to lack finesse or responsiveness.
There is also the tendency for gameplay to become repetitive for it to become meaningful
or satisfying. However, CDPR might be able to pull it off should they decide to go down
that route. Hey Choomba, I am Kazuliski and I hope you
found this Cyberpunk 2077 discussion on sport to be informative. Are you interested in more
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Cyberpunk 2077 Sport & Razorball

26 thoughts on “Cyberpunk 2077 Sport & Razorball

  • May 14, 2019 at 4:55 pm
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    Score One For The Boys Back Home!

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  • May 14, 2019 at 4:56 pm
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    Welcome Back! Many thanks for watching! Remember to hit that LIKE button & leave your comment! Your feedback is always appreciated!

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  • May 14, 2019 at 5:39 pm
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    I still have many of the old pewter bloodbowl teams and some of the special players. What a freaking amazing game!

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  • May 14, 2019 at 5:40 pm
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    That's remarkably interesting stuff. Nice! +__+

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  • May 14, 2019 at 5:49 pm
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    Hey kazuliski, just wanted to tell you that I’m still here brah

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  • May 14, 2019 at 5:50 pm
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    I was looking forward to this topic. Very interesting info. Thanks Kazuliski. Pleasure as always

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  • May 14, 2019 at 5:56 pm
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    We might get captured in a particular questline and be forced to participate in the sports. Just a theory though! I wouldn’t mind boxing and basketball.

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  • May 14, 2019 at 5:59 pm
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    – Ok, so we need new sports ideas. Aybody?
    – I have an idea.
    – Ok Jim, hit me.
    – So you have a game of football, right?
    – yeah.
    – Now add blades!
    – Jim…
    – AND DEATH! CYBERLIMBS! IMPLANTS!
    – JIM!
    – BLOOD FOR THE BLOOD GOD!
    – JIM, DA FU…!
    – HAVOOOOOOOOC!!!

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  • May 14, 2019 at 6:24 pm
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    Are you not entertained!?

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  • May 14, 2019 at 6:32 pm
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    Almost hit that 7k sub.btw awesome vid choomba

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  • May 14, 2019 at 6:59 pm
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    I see one blood sport in cyberpunk 2077 and it’s simple two men go in one man comes out.⚔️🗡🛡⛓🔫🌃

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  • May 14, 2019 at 9:04 pm
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    Looks like sport is even more unhealthly in the future, than it is now (speaking as a person who always gets himself hurt when trying some physical activities 😛 )

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  • May 14, 2019 at 9:22 pm
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    Oh yeah! My kinda sports!👍🏼😁

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  • May 14, 2019 at 10:15 pm
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    Excerpt from the advertisement for the Pacesetter 2000 Overdrive Heart:
    "I couldn't have made my 83rd home run without the Pacesetter 2000! That extra pulse of power really made my season!"
    Baseball super star Ray Isaac and other world-famous athletes agree – the Bodyweight Pacesetter 2000 is the ultimate
    in high performance organware. (It would seem that there ARE some augmented baseball super stars, but, is it cannon?)

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  • May 15, 2019 at 2:45 am
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    I guess some sort of MMA would be feasible. Also I have to think of running man with Arnie for the prisoners. Also there was a funny B movie called Future Sport. I could imagine also that.

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  • May 15, 2019 at 4:18 am
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    Hey kazuliski what kind of music do you listen to?

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  • May 15, 2019 at 4:33 am
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    Violent death sports? And they don't include Canadian hockey? I'm outraged hockey is basically boxing on ice with a goal to swing sticks and soild pukes around that can knock out a full grown man!!.

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  • May 15, 2019 at 6:21 am
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    I was actually wondering about this topic just a couple days ago. Great timing! 🙂

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  • May 15, 2019 at 7:19 am
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    so it was less like sport and more like population control (damn arena way of thinking)
    i'm really not interested sport (unless i'm performing it)
    in every game there always is a place for a round of slaughter with specific wepons (sposored by whatever corporation manufactured them)
    i would not be supprised if they would make a puzzle labirynth
    where participants would need to solve trap mechanics only to enter next area and a the same time not being killed by other people (such location would have no limits for weapons or modyfications (something like portal but with guns instead of portal and army of people wanting to kill you and barely anyone interested in helping you (YES!!!! a companion is welcome)))
    but i'm prabobly just going ahead of myself and should focus on what accualy interest me and that is sport armor for my wardrobe because that's the one thing that always look awsome and is more interesting (and usefull) than regular clothing

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  • May 15, 2019 at 7:22 am
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    your videos needing of some footage for clarity, btw, any of them is a good one

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  • May 15, 2019 at 5:23 pm
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    Hey Kaz what kind of edgerunner are you going to be in your first playthrough?

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  • May 16, 2019 at 8:41 am
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    thanks for the update always nice to hear about new things i am getting tired of other sites yelling about oh it will be released tomorrow me and a few friends have put our heads together on it and the soonest we see is 2020 x-mass if not 2021 they would need to set up alot of stuff and 6 months is not out of the realm if they crunch but that would be one hell of a crunch as always good job

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  • May 21, 2019 at 11:40 pm
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    Don't you think that the lag in his speech about how legs could because V was in slow mode. so it slowed down what she heard.

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  • September 8, 2019 at 3:09 am
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    If all these sports like soccer, football, and hockey been more fatal then imagine sports like UFC , Boxing, and wrestling could be.

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  • September 8, 2019 at 3:11 am
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    I wonder motorsports like formula 1 and nascar are like in cyberpunk

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