Cyberpunk Documentary PART 3 | The Matrix, System Shock, Snow Crash, Hackers, VR & Simulation Theory

Cyberpunk Documentary PART 3 | The Matrix, System Shock, Snow Crash, Hackers, VR & Simulation Theory

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Eighteen months in the making, and 1,400+ hours of research, writing, recording, AI-upscaling, animating, sourcing and editing later, the anticipated Part 3 of my cyberpunk documentary miniseries is here!

THE EVOLUTION OF CYBERPUNK covers novels, comics, animation, television, film, games, philosophy, hacking, VR, simulation theory and The Matrix phenomenon. Learn about the second trilogy from cyberpunk author William Gibson: Virtual Light, Idoru and All Tomorrow’s Parties, and discover the brilliant satire and criticism of modern America in Neal Stephenson’s Snow Crash.

Jack in to cyberspace with the origins of hacker culture, its impact on us during the advent of the internet, and how that informed our worldview of the information superhighway, and films such as The Net, Hackers and Johnny Mnemonic. What inspired us to invest so much into virtual reality, from the Virtual Boy, to injecting VR cameos into movies and shows like Serial Experiments Lain, Wild Palms, The Lawnmower Man, and others? And how did monumental video games such as System Shock, System Shock 2 and Bioforge influence us as players?

For the send-off, how did philosophy and existentialism surmount in such treasures as Philip K. Dick’s novels and research, eXistenZ, Dark City, The Thirteenth Floor, and most notably of all, The Matrix? In summary, we will try to answer the eternal question, “Are we living in a computer simulation?”.

0:00 Intro
2:58 Opening Credits
5:09 Snow Crash
12:34 Virtual Light
15:12 Idoru
16:59 All Tomorrow’s Parties
19:07 Transmetropolitan
20:05 Marvel 2099
20:58 Batman Beyond
22:00 Aeon Flux
25:18 Phreaking
27:16 The origins of the Internet
27:32 1995 – The Year Computers Went Viral
30:39 Real-Life Hackers
32:19 Sneakers
33:44 The Net
35:18 Hackers
39:01 Johnny Mnemonic
45:42 New Rose Hotel
47:18 Serial Experiments Lain
50:29 Gattaca
54:41 Bioforge
55:48 System Shock
58:43 System Shock 2
1:04:14 Heavy Metal & Movie Soundtracks
1:06:36 Industrial & Electronic Music Movement
1:10:49 Daft Punk
1:12:07 Billy Idol’s Cyberpunk Album
1:16:01 Virtual Boy
1:16:58 VR in TV and Film
1:17:48 VR-5
1:18:50 TekWar
1:19:48 The Lawnmower Man
1:22:53 Wild Palms
1:25:52 Virtuosity
1:27:47 Strange Days
1:31:50 Nirvana (1997)
1:34:55 The X-Files
1:42:15 Simulacra and Simulation
1:44:17 Dark City
1:48:15 The Thirteenth Floor & Simulacron 3
1:51:49 eXistenZ
1:56:47 Story
2:00:11 Production
2:01:47 Soundtrack
2:02:39 Inspirations
2:04:28 The Invisibles comparisons
2:05:12 Dark City comparisons
2:06:45 Philosophy
2:13:25 Simulation Theory / Nick Bostrom
2:15:30 Outro / Credits


Additional writing by Cult of the Cyber Skull

Voiceover editing/mastering by Erik Peabody

Original 3D animation for opening credits by Bojechto

William Gibson quotes voiced by Jake Phillips

Additional voiceovers by Jay Myers

(all music, footage and sources used in the making of this video):

Opening credits music:
The Bad Dreamers – “Part Time God”

Licensed through FiXT Radium

#cyberpunk #documentary #thematrix



  1. Dm Activecyber on iG he's professional on April 14, 2022 at 6:13 pm

    Sir keep ☝🏼up the good workk, alot of people are saying good things about you I am impressed. Thank you sir..

  2. Elaine Thomas on April 14, 2022 at 6:14 pm

    Cool documentary is there a part 4 ?

  3. Joseph Thomas M. on April 14, 2022 at 6:15 pm

    phenomenal series of documentaries, thanks for making them!

  4. Fellipe Weno on April 14, 2022 at 6:15 pm

    Amazing series about Cyberpunks! Love it!

  5. deerpoob on April 14, 2022 at 6:18 pm

    you should be immensely proud of this, the music, the editing, the writing, presentation and information are all absolutely captivating, this series is definitely going into my "essentials’ list, a list I reserve for desert island type scenarios.

    well done, I don’t even know what sort of other videos you make but im subscribing sight unseen.

  6. wakeupscreaming on April 14, 2022 at 6:19 pm

    9:13 "Science fiction inspires people to choose science and engineering as careers."
    Is this why Hollywood hasn’t made any good Sci-Fi in years? Because they want to dumb everyone down and don’t want to inspire?

  7. Jay Bofa on April 14, 2022 at 6:19 pm


  8. The Green Mage on April 14, 2022 at 6:19 pm

    I recently saw James Bond Goldeneye, released ALSO in1995, for the first time in a while and realised it’s all about changing warfronts transitioning into hacking, depicting the move from the Soviets in the Cold War to a new kind of adversary, with Alec Trevelyan intending to electronically steal all British funds from banks in London before setting off an EMP which will hide the evidence he did it and ‘send England back to the Stone Age’ (as revenge for the betrayal of his forebears, the Lyens Cossacks).
    Features sexy Russian hacker lady.

  9. Mister BD on April 14, 2022 at 6:23 pm

    50:21 Yuval Noah Harai on video openly talks about governments and corporations hacking all human beings on the planet. Not good.

  10. Anthony Whetstone on April 14, 2022 at 6:23 pm

    I rewatch this series like therapy. I can’t wait for the next part. I want to see all the cyberpunk gems I missed within the 2000s and 2010s.

  11. Alex Sveles on April 14, 2022 at 6:24 pm

    The entire movement kickstarted by two Russian brothers….not surprising Isaac Asimov was one too
    But it’s actually the the truth….Future of the world will be increasingly rich cities and poorer lands

  12. Abtin Khamoshi on April 14, 2022 at 6:25 pm

    Gibson describes marxism as a crackpot ideology, wrights a bleak dystopian book about late stage capitalism where society is falling apart because of it. Ridiculous.

  13. Odin All father on April 14, 2022 at 6:26 pm

    who is the voice actor in 7:18 ?????? he sounds alot like harry mason from silent hill 1 !!!!

  14. Fod Xp on April 14, 2022 at 6:27 pm

    When you’ve read the comics that are brought up in this episode. Feels good. Go read Transmetropolitan by Warren Ellis and The Invisibles by Grant Morrison. Both comics push the boundaries in the art department. It’s good stuff.

  15. Alexandar Jankovic on April 14, 2022 at 6:28 pm

    Thank you for these cyberpunk documentaries, the videos are incredibly well done. It’s honestly quite impressive how some of these titles were way ahead of their time, despite the limited technology they had to work with.

  16. amon 31 on April 14, 2022 at 6:29 pm

    This is a great doc film, thank You for your work and hopefully wait for part 4.

  17. Anthony Whetstone on April 14, 2022 at 6:32 pm

    I feel like these documentaries are made to be watched on psyches. Cause wow.

  18. GregofCanada on April 14, 2022 at 6:32 pm

    "Memories were meant to fade. They’re designed that way for a reason." That’s deep. Strange Days is such a good movie.

  19. OutOfTouch on April 14, 2022 at 6:33 pm

    the effort that had to be poured into all the logistics and planning that were necessary for this masterpiece to be created… Amazing work. It’s so coherent and well made in both stylistic and substantive way.

  20. 1000Orgasms on April 14, 2022 at 6:34 pm

    What a great video.

  21. Travis Huey on April 14, 2022 at 6:35 pm

    Cyberpunk is not dead.

  22. Sean Wilson on April 14, 2022 at 6:35 pm

    What was the opening song?

  23. Color MehJewish on April 14, 2022 at 6:36 pm

    I think CP wouldve been better if they followed more of a Shadowrun storyline/theme.

  24. WibZit on April 14, 2022 at 6:37 pm

    This creator deserves more recognition these documentaries are top level

  25. Dedicated Gamer on April 14, 2022 at 6:37 pm

    1:30:28 I love that song

  26. Aleksandr Shumakov on April 14, 2022 at 6:40 pm

    Indigo Gaming, is there any chance you will create a deep dive into current Cyberpunk culture and ideas – that would be really inspiring and curious to check with our in 5-10 years to see how we are able to predict future with all the information w we have now.

  27. Cartuchos Truchos on April 14, 2022 at 6:41 pm

    For me the simulation theory was one of most interesting parts of Matrix when I was like 15, now I think it is one of the least interesting part of the movie and it felt really weird to see so much of the Matrix discussion in this video to be about that and not other topics.

  28. Ethan Daley on April 14, 2022 at 6:42 pm

    Is it coincidence that 95% of these movies just showed up Netflix? Idk but holy balls am I excited! I’ve seen some as a kid and since but never really through the lense of Cyberpunk thematic appreciation. Gonna be an awesome couple months! Thanks again for this series!!

  29. Godzilla Traveler on April 14, 2022 at 6:43 pm

    Wow I just got done binge watching section 1 thou 3, and I am dying waiting for section 4 to come out! keep up the great work

  30. Dave on April 14, 2022 at 6:43 pm

    Hope there is a Part 4 they covers Altered Carbon and Almost Human….

  31. Skaitan on April 14, 2022 at 6:43 pm

    After watching all three parts now, I am left with an image you haven’t mentioned yet. Probably because it is superficially very removed from cyberpunk: French surrealist René Magritte’s 1929 painting ‘Ceci n’est pas une pipe’ (This is not a pipe), which very clearly depicts a smoke pipe. What seems so mundane, and a blatantly false fact, on first look quickly becomes an early challenge of the perception of reality and the painter an almost visionary messenger for the simulation theory concept. It shows that instinctively humans merge the symbol and the real object and we say ‘well, clearly this is a pipe’. Only when we challenge our instinct, our first impression, do we understand the most obvious: what we see in the painting is of course not the object, but the symbol of the object. Ironically, a less sophisticated brain than the human one would probably not instantly fall for such a simple illusion. It serves as a great example of how our mind subconsciously merges symbols and facts to create our personal reality – not necessarily simulated, but clearly affected by simulated facts.

  32. Mah-Dry-Bread - Gameplay & Streams! on April 14, 2022 at 6:44 pm

    That was so good that I think I’m gonna re-binge these

  33. unfilthy on April 14, 2022 at 6:45 pm

    YES! So happy to see the Doctor Who Gallifreyan matrix referenced here. Such a tiny detail, but as a fan of both Who and Matrix, it made me happy. Also, it’s yet another testament to the insane amount of research and work you put into this series, and how that attention to detail really shines through. Excellently done.

  34. Tom Cartwright on April 14, 2022 at 6:45 pm

    This documentary series made me realize how much the cyberpunk genre has influenced my life. Thanks for the time and effort you out into it; it really shows that this was a passion project.

  35. Ré Warwik on April 14, 2022 at 6:47 pm

    Finally, beautiful video Indigo! I loved every second of it and I appreciate the work you’ve put it.

  36. Lakez on April 14, 2022 at 6:47 pm

    This Documentary is phenomenal. From the information, to the music, and the video panels. Learned SO much here. The timing also couldn’t be better. I finally picked up Cyberpunk 2077 roughly a month ago and have already put 80 hours into it, this documentary helped me spot tons of easter eggs and references in the game. Having a total blast playing it.

    One thing I must say: I am VERY surprised you didn’t cover Quake II in this video. Quake II is about the most "cybernetic" shooter I can honestly think of.

  37. Mike Arrani on April 14, 2022 at 6:48 pm

    bringing up Zhuangzi in relation to the simulation theory is a complete misreading of Zhuangzi. If anything, Zhuangzi would probably not care about whether we live in a simulation or not.

  38. Ethan Daley on April 14, 2022 at 6:49 pm

    These are absolutely amazing! My favorite part, so far–about 20 minutes into part 3– is how each episode has been longer than the last 😅 Truly beautiful job to all involved!!

  39. Serif Sans Serif on April 14, 2022 at 6:49 pm

    It’s hard to remember all that were covered and what was missed. An hour into this and thinking of virtuosity, which had a serial killer who was comprised of the data from many previous killers and featured nanotech, the thirteenth floor, which is typically waaaaaayyyyy underappreciated due to it’s release time between the matrix and dark city, which hits upon artificial reality and self aware ai, and existenz, which is the bio-punk movie to end all bio-punk movies…. Later on with anime, there’s more unusual entries like Dennoh coil and the loup garou around the same time in 2004. Hack- sign came out in either the late 90’s or early 00’s featuring the very first exploration of being trapped in a video game and is far more cyberpunk than the trash today in it’s more philosophical ideas. You also had Appleseed by the creator of ghost in the shell which offers a totally different but still important take on a cyberpunk future. Along with that there’s bubblegum crisis/crash and parasite dolls which seems lost to time.

    Then there’s the cartoons of the 90’s which should at least get brief mention like reboot which was really unusual, and digimon, which by season 3, went dark and had interesting ideas. These last two aren’t worth deep dives as Appleseed, the bubblegum series, and a few others I listed might, but at least a footnote.

    Dennoh coil is worth note for it’s depiction of said augmented reality. It’s take is both mundane in a way that’s unusual, but also has its focus on children experimenting with it in a unique fashion.

  40. Wynfrith Nichtwo on April 14, 2022 at 6:57 pm

    I had completely forgotten about the System Shock game series. Those need an hd treatment and re-release.

  41. Indigo Gaming on April 14, 2022 at 6:59 pm

    *I hope you enjoyed! This has been 1,400+ hours and nearly two years in the making…*
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  42. nefelibatacomingthrough on April 14, 2022 at 7:00 pm

    Great series! +1

  43. Dm Activecyber on iG he's professional on April 14, 2022 at 7:01 pm

    Sir keep ☝🏼up the good workk, alot of people are saying good things about you I am impressed. Thank you sir..

  44. SPYDOR on April 14, 2022 at 7:01 pm

    Thank you for such an exceptional series on the topic: clearly a real labour of love. So many old favourites of mine on this series, and some real obscure classics too. You’ve earned an extra Patreon membership, as I also loved the videos on ’30 Years of God Games’ and ‘Looking Glass Studios’ you did a few years ago. Keep up the great work! 🙂

  45. Darkseid New God on April 14, 2022 at 7:03 pm

    well, not trying to be unnecessarily harsh because I reached part 3 of these documentary series… but got too fed up of you claiming William Gibson the creator of Cyberpunk… as if was the Stanley Kubrick of the genre instead it’s Jerry Bruckheimer. So quitting right here (5:05)

  46. Mustang Chuck on April 14, 2022 at 7:04 pm

    I know you’ve probably been asked this a million times already so I apologize in advance, but how’s part 4 coming along. Do you have an ETA?

  47. BigDannyK on April 14, 2022 at 7:04 pm

    1:27:54 Strange Days is such an underrated movie

  48. Notemug on April 14, 2022 at 7:06 pm

    Hahaha, nice touch with the guy putting on a William Gibson accent

  49. CDevil on April 14, 2022 at 7:07 pm

    A great documentary, but one detail was missed in the listing for "Lawnmower Man:" the reason for Job’s madness was that the vials of improved (blue) brain enhancing drugs he was taking got replaced by the original, (red) failed formula which caused psychotic behavior. (Of course, this is STILL cyberpunk, as the corp tries to sabotage advances it does not control and therefore cannot profit from.)

  50. Sean K. on April 14, 2022 at 7:11 pm

    This is the most incredible documentary series I’ve seen on Cyberpunk. Really in depth look at the genre across all mediums. The presentation is truly professional and unrelenting in detail. Really anticipating part 4.

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