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.

10. Making History
A time travel comedy starring Adam Pally and Leighton Meester? Sign me the fuck up! Too bad this ended up being a boring, irritating show that just revisited the same two time periods over and over again. Time travel should be an opportunity for boundless creativity, not whatever this dreck was.

9. The Alex Mauer DMCA debacle
I’m not going to break down the whole controversy here – Sir TapTap has a comprehensive timeline – but I will say that the fact that Mauer was able to get away with wreaking so much havoc and messing with people’s livelihoods demonstrates just how broken our DMCA systems are. A single person shouldn’t be able to cause this much damage with false, malicious claims.

8. Netflix’s BLAME! film
By now, most anime fans are used to the fact that a lot of films and series are made to promote pre-existing properties. But that doesn’t mean that those works have to be soulless, pointless, or devoid of plot and characters. Unfortunately, the BLAME! film is all three of those things. Netflix has a lot of money; they should spend it on better projects.

7. The Crass Commercialism of The Game Awards
Look, I’m not naïve; I expect some degree of commercialism to support a production as elaborate as Geoff Keighley’s Game Awards. What I don’t expect is for the entire affair to be one gigantic advertisement, with ads and sponsored segments taking up so much time that some major awards were just rattled off instead of given their own presentations. The fact that this was finally a year where the nominees and recipients were mostly deserving just added insult to injury.

6. The A.V. Club Kinjapocalypse
Late in the summer of 2017, venerable pop culture site the A.V. Club transitioned to Gizmodo Media Group’s layout, commenting system, and CMS, known as Kinja. In the process, the site became almost impossible to navigate, and commenters complained about numerous glitches in the commenting system, none of which have been fixed as of this writing. Websites shouldn’t be using their users as alpha testers.

5. The Academy Awards Best Picture mix-up
Jimmy Kimmel was presiding over one of the smoothest, most entertaining Oscar broadcasts in recent memory, but then a couple of negligent PricewaterhouseCoopers employees let the wrong envelope get into the hands of the Best Picture presenters, and all hell broke loose. La La Land was mistakenly announced as the Best Picture winner, Moonlight was denied its moment of triumph, and the ensuing confusion just embarrassed everyone. Will things go smoother in 2018? Let’s hope so.

4. Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
Wolfenstein: The New Order was one of my favourite games of 2014. Its sequel, The New Colossus is a colossal mess (no pun intended) and an even bigger disappointment. The tweaks to the first game’s mechanics are almost all for the worse, the level design is boring, the art direction is bland, and the narrative tries to convince players that nukes are great when Americans use them but horrible otherwise. The highs of this game are undeniably great – the sequences in Roswell and Mesquite are haunting – but the lows are just baffling.

3. The YouTube Adpocalypse and Pewdiepie’s continued controversies
In the wake of an exposé on anti-Semitic jokes made by popular YouTuber PewDiePie (some of which were arguably taken out of context, but that’s neither here nor there), advertisers started pulling out of YouTube en masse. To stem the tide, YouTube began demonetizing any video it deemed remotely controversial, and content creators saw their revenues drop. It’s remarkable to me how YouTube continues to mistreat the very creators on whom they rely for revenue and how readily they cave to advertisers’ whims. Their reluctance to implement something like a rating system that would better match advertisers with content creators and viewers makes no sense, and their lack of communication on basic issues is simply unacceptable. YouTube needs to do better in 2018.

By the way, PewDiePie later got in trouble for dropping an n-bomb in a stream, because he’s a child with no sense of decorum or decency. Fuck that guy.

2. Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington’s unexpected passings
It’s weird to consider, but we now live in a world where Soundgarden and Linkin Park no longer exist, at least not as we once knew them. We tragically lost the frontmen of both bands to suicide in 2017, and what’s worse, nobody saw either death coming. RIP.

1. Everyone’s a rapist and/or harasser
In the wake of the revelation of serious sexual misconduct by movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, 2017 brought us the resurgence of the #metoo movement, where women came forward with stories of the harassment and abuse they’ve experienced. The sheer volume of stories should alarm everyone; no one should be subject to that kind of mistreatment. It’s undeniably good that these stories are coming to light, and harassers and abusers are finally facing consequences for their misconduct. What that means for outside observers is that they feel heartened by the fact that women are coming forward with their stories, but disheartened by the fact that so many of the artists they once loved are turning out to be abusers. Kevin Spacey’s filmography has been indelibly ruined, and I find it difficult to listen to Brand New now. Hopefully, this very necessary purge results in artists whom we can trust rising to the top.

(Dis)honourable mentions: 8 by Incubus; Saga of Tanya the Evil; films 2 and 3 of Digimon Adventure tri.; Yooka-Laylee; Napping Princess; the awful motion controls of Super Mario Odyssey; The Mayor; Poi; season 3 of Bravest Warriors.

That does it for the worst of 2017. Look forward to a list just as long and disappointing for 2018!