It’s the end of the year and 2016 (Thank all the Gods the old and the new!) is over. This past year was a definite rollercoaster with highs and lows. Here is The Talking Geek’s 2016 Year in Review.
Love it or hate it, 2016 is the year that the Internet lashed out over the loss of Harambe, a
17-year-old Western lowland silverback gorilla who was shot and killed at the Cincinnati Zoo after a child fell into his enclosure. Harambe’s death catapulted him in to the annuls of Internet fame via a slew of hilarious memes and hashtags.
Epic Comic Movies
Regardless of whether your heart lies with DC or Marvel, this year gave us some of the best that both had to offer. 2016 brought us Deadpool, Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Captain America: Civil War, X-Men: Apocalypse, Suicide Squad, Batman: The Killing Joke, and Doctor Strange. DC and Marvel have set the groundwork for an exciting future in their respective Cinematic Universes. I personally can’t wait for Wonder Woman or Spiderman: Homecoming.
2016 a year of Nostalgic Gaming
2016 was a great year for the nostalgic gamer. Re-mastered HD versions of fan favorites like Resident Evil Zero, Final Fantasy X/X-2 and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. The video
game flashback continued with the retro gaming console release of the NES Classic. The system sold out almost instantly and prices quadrupled on eBay.
2016 was the year Niantic had gamers taking to the streets in droves. In its prime Pokémon Go had more daily logins than Twitter or Facebook. Parks, malls and city centers were over run by the millions of Pokémon Trainers out to catch them all. The only downside to Pokémon Go was the seemingly infinite Pikachu Puns that came with it.
Netflix is always providing binge worthy content and this year was no exception. This year gave us Stranger Things, Luke Cage, The Get Down, Jessica Jones, and Narcos just to name a few! There’s a reason Netflix and chill became a thing in 2016.
Anime packed a punch!
This year’s anime cycle was amazing! Fan favorite titles like One Punch Man and JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure were added to Cartoon Network’s Toonami line-up. New shows like Re:Zero, Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans, Terraformars Revenge, Twin Star Exorcists, DAYS, and the BERSERK(2016) fed our anime addiction. 2016 also announced the union of Crunchyroll and Funimation. The anime juggernauts will team up to provide even more exclusive content as well as earlier dubbed versions of series like Dragonball Super.
Harry Potter Fans Rejoice!
Potterheads had a lot to talk about in 2016. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter opened in Universal Studios Hollywood, A new original story, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Not the best addition to the Potter-verse but an addition nonetheless!), and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them opened in theaters. We also finally learned what our Patornus charms via the long awaited Pottermore quiz. (FYI J.K. Rowling’s Patronus is a Heron.)
HBO Sundays Were Lit!
Game of Thrones had one of the most intense seasons so far. From the origin of Hodor, to the Battle of the Bastards this was a truly ‘explosive’ season. HBO Sunday continued with the critically acclaimed and equally addictive The Night of and capped off the year with the mind-bending and thought provoking Westworld.
The Year of Negan
Fans of The Walking Dead cringed, screamed and squirmed at the Season 6 Finale and
continued to love and loathe the charismatic sociopath through out Season 7. At least we can take solace in knowing that even though Negan is a man of his word, Rick and Company are people of action!
VR in IRL
After years of hype what feels like endless delays, 2016 was the year that virtual and augmented-reality became a real tangible product. The open market launch of the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Sony’s PlayStation VR marked the coming of a new age of viable VR solutions. Though these technologies have not reached the mainstream market yet, 2016 was a foot hole in the future of VR/AR Multimedia.