What I’ve Been Reading: January 14, 2018

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As we continue our journey into 2018, we inevitably accumulate more articles and thinkpieces. Here are some of the ones I accumulated this week: More

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Things I’m Most Looking Forward to in 2018

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2017 was a pretty amazing year for pop culture, and 2018 is also looking to be chock-full of goodies. Let’s take a look, shall we? More

25 Songs I Liked in 2017

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Here are 25 good songs from 2017, listed alphabetically by artist, with a maximum of one per artist. I’m not sure if they’re my absolute favourites, because I didn’t spend that much time thinking about them. Oh well. More

The Ten Biggest Pop Culture Disappointments of 2017

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For a lot of people, 2017 was a disappointing year, socially and politically. The pop cultural disappointments pale by comparison, but that’s not going to stop me from running them down. So I present to you 2017: The Year in Shit. More

What I’ve Been Reading: January 7, 2018

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This week’s What I’ve Been Reading is all about East Asia. So let’s hop on a plane and get to it! More

The 10 Best (and 5 Worst) Video Games of 2017

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Man, what a year! Whatever your tastes, it’s hard to deny that 2017 was a phenomenal year for video games. Not only were there more interesting new releases each month than one could reasonably play, the entire medium felt re-energized and reinvigorated this year. I would be remiss if I didn’t attribute at least part of this newfound verve to the highly successful launch of the Nintendo Switch, the first console I ever purchased during its first year on the market. (What can I say? I’m a sucker for Mario.) But games as a whole felt bolder, more confident, more… themselves this year. The best games of 2017 felt comfortable in their skin, as if they knew exactly what they were doing and how they were going to accomplish it. This wasn’t a year of glorious, gorgeous messes; this was a year of sophistication and refinement.

Because there were so many good games in 2017, it was difficult to narrow my list down to just 10. There were some tough omissions, like Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony, West of Loathing, and Persona 5, all of which would have made my top 10 in any other year. I also didn’t manage to get around to playing every game I wanted to (sorry, Horizon Zero Dawn, Everything, and Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice), so just consider this a snapshot of the best of what 2017 had to offer in gaming. If you want the full list and ranking of the new games I played during the year, you can find it here.

Without further ado, here’s my top 10! More

My Favourite Albums of 2017

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It’s time to talk about my favourite albums of 2017. More

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