Hello there and a happy New Year to you. 2017 was an odd year. While it seemed tame compared to 2016, some serious stuff happened.
From America’s gun problem reaching a focal point to the growing concern over the so-called ‘alt-right’ and why the hell everyone was so shocked that we want to punch Nazis. But even weirder, for the first time in years, video-games broke the mainstream news. Veiled gambling in games in the form of loot boxes gripped the media for about a week, after the release of Star Wars Battlefront 2.
How weird is that?
2017 felt like the calm before the storm almost. Trump is still in the White House. Brexit looms over the UK like a bad fart and the rest of the world seems to be falling into disarray.
Now obviously the point of this article isn’t to dampen your spirits. If anything that should be motivation to just…enjoy yourself? Terrible things will happen this year, of that we are positive. However, if anything has been proven this year, it’s that humans are resilient. When someone blows up half of Manchester Arena, do we never perform again?
We gather dozens of artists at short notice and put on a benefit concert for the victims taken. When times look grim, the worst thing to do is give up. As Samwise Gamgee said in The Two Towers, ‘There is some good in this world Mr Frodo. And it’s worth fighting for.’
We shared the same sentiment last year, but Happy New Year to all our writers here, readers, admins and most of all, Carrie Fisher.
Just aim to do her proud and you’ll be alright.