A friend had asked in chat what the best things that came out this decade were. After thinking about it, this decade has been too wild a ride and needs a bit of a breakdown. So, here is my list of the best and worst things that happened this decade!

Best

Movies
Okay, this one is kind of hard. I don’t watch a lot of movies, and those I do watch aren’t always the most recent. I still haven’t found something to top two favorites, and sadly those came out in 2009.
  • Coco – I saw this on my birthday and cried like a damn baby in the end. I still can’t watch it without tearing up a little towards the end. 
  • Spiderman into the Spiderverse – Not sure why I love this so much, aside from literally everything about it.
  • Sorry to Bother You – It’s really, really hard to find a movie that is so in your face about the struggles of the working class. But this one is pretty subjective, as my girlfriend was so uncomfortable while watching it that we had to stop the movie halfway through. I always enjoy seeing the media skewer the entire idea of people like Musk and Bezos, and this was glorious.
  • The Last Jedi – A friend of mine described it as “KOTOR 2, but worse”. I’ll agree with that, but I think KOTOR 2 is so good that even a watered-down version for the mass market is still gold.
  • Kung Fury – I dunno. If you don’t like this, you are wrong.
Shows
Disclaimer: I usually watch animated shows. So, cartoons.
  • Steven Universe – What I expected: a light show about a kid hanging out with his magical moms. What I got: a deep dive into how imperialism and a rigid caste structure can lead to the misery and repression of everyone involved, even those on top.
  • Star Vs The Forces of Evil – What I expected: a fun romp of a silly girl with magic and her human sidekick. What I got: a look into the causes and effects of structural racism, and how the idea of “Evil” really isn’t what one would first think. People aren’t bad, but the system they live in can make them do terrible things. 
  • She-Ra – I have to thank the so-called “rationals” for the recommendation, as I wouldn’t have bothered to watch this if it weren’t from them complaining about her lack of cleavage. Anyway… What I expected: basically an up to date rehash of the 80s IP. What I got: a brutal, uncomfortable look into how trauma affects lives, how trauma perpetuates, and how good, likable people can become toxic through little fault of their own aside from the environment they must exist in.
  • Ducktales – It’s just… really, really good.
  • Infinity Train – Well, this snuck in at the last minute. It’s also about trauma but focused on the healing process. With likable characters, a tight script, and so much mystery that I don’t know where to start, I consider this to be one of the coolest shows ever made. It’s a great companion show to watch with She-Ra.
  • Stranger Thing – I’m not going to say that there is much depth for this, but I enjoy almost all of the characters, and it’s a fun ride that blends together the X-Files, Goonies, ET, and slasher films into a fruit cake that tastes good. That made more sense in my head.
  • It’s Always Sunny in Philidelphia – This is going to be hit or miss. The joke is that it’s about terrible people, doing terrible things, and they are all losers. I think everyone has at least one episode where they can’t watch again due to how uncomfortable it makes them. If you can get past that, it’s a hilarious show that has a surprising amount to say about issues that we grapple with.
  • Rick and Morty – Ignore the fans. Please, for the love of god, ignore them. It’s similar to the above but animated.
  • Sense 8 – A show about human connections, and also exceptionally queer? Hell yes. My girlfriend and I both feel warm and fuzzy while watching it, even though it’s not the happiest show in the world. Guess there is something reassuring about people being able to relate to each other on a level that transcends words.
  • Petscop – A creepy web series that could only be made now. It’s very scary, with a ton of mystery, and has not one jump scare to hack fear.
  • CatGhost – A hilarious psychological horror on YouTube. It’s about a cat, and a ghost. Also there is a hedgehog. And retro graphics and hacker bait. FelineSpirit also has an awesome concept where every episode comes with a game to play, which elaborates on the backstory and lore. Tons of neat ideas here.
Music
Most of the music I discovered this decade has been via pandora. My all-time favorite band is still Pink Floyd, and though they technically did release an album this decade, I wasn’t a fan.
  • This Way To The Egress – These guys. Oh man. They are quirky and weird and their music videos are really cheaply made, and I love every bit about them. Forming a six-piece band of an accordion, piano, trombone, guitar, tuba, and drums, they make catchy music about being just under the upper hand and travel. My favorites are Tarentella, We Won’t Go, and See No Evil. Check them out!
  • Steam Powered Giraffe – They came on my pandora, and all I was wondering was “Why is this demon bragging about his suspenders and banjo?” I stopped listening to them for a while due to personal reasons, but I still highly, highly recommend them, and I recommend seeing their live show at least once!
  • Darby O’Gill – Irish band from Portland. I got a chance to see them live in 2016, but due to a scheduling issue, it turns out that they weren’t playing on the day that I thought they were. So, they actually came out to the bar and gave the bar a private show on the benches outside. So, nicest guys in the world. Their songs are funny, their music is catchy, and they even have callbacks!
  • Tub Ring – Where the hell has this band been all my life? “Killers in Love”, morbidly, has become my girlfriend and I’s song.
Gaming
  • Nier Automata – If I have to pick game of the year, then I’ll say that is too narrow. This is game of the decade. Fun gameplay, a tight soundtrack, and a story that I consider to be an instance of “Profound”. We’ve seen robots being more human before, that’s dead. Instead, we get a deep dive into what gives life purpose, and what makes anything human. I wept like a baby during the final battle. 
  • Factorio – Not profound, but fun. This scratches my inner engineering itch. Plus, a friend and I like to blast this song while driving a tank to biter nests, in what we call “Liberation Missions”. If I can do lefty shitposting and engineering at the same time, that’s a good game.
  • Dark Souls / Bloodborne – I’m a sucker for punishment. I’ve beaten I Want To Be The Guy. Tough gameplay, with amazing aesthetics, and mystery of the lore is a very nice package. In addition, I’m going to go ahead and say that Bloodborne is the best Lovecraftian story ever made
  • Hollow Knight – It’s Soulsborne as a metroidvania.
  • Pokemon Sword and Shield – Okay, this is a hot take if I’ve ever had one. I know people are pissed off about Dexit. I get it. But for me, I haven’t successfully played one of these games since Red. I tried to get back into it with X/Y and Sun/Moon, but I’ve always had this issue: There are too many pokemon that I have choice paralysis. By cutting down on the number, and streamlining a lot of things, I was actually able to enjoy a game in a franchise that I hadn’t been able to access in 20 years.
  • Little Inferno – I can’t say why I love this game. It’s about setting things on fire. It’s a parody of mobile games. But between the music, the art, the writing, and the fact that the message is “What are you doing with your time?” it struck a chord with me. IDK.
  • Monster Hunter – Just in general. I like difficulty. I like boss fights. I like cool monsters and insect glave.
Society
Misc stuff that happened this decade that I like.
  • General queer acceptance – Hot damn. I transitioned in 2016, and seeing the internet stan with trans and other queer people has been nice.
  • 2FA – Probably the most important thing to happen to security in a while. Now if we could just move beyond passwords.
  • General class consciousness – In 2014, I was seeing memes about fandoms. I’m still seeing that, but now I’m also seeing memes about anarchism, which is tasty.
  • IndieWeb – I ran into this only relatively late in the game, but it’s an amazing concept. Rather than use a silo, like Facebook, where you don’t own your data and you are being mined for information for ads and influence, you can own your own data and still interact with the rest of the web. The hacker spirit still thrives, even as everything about us is bought and sold.

Worst

This is a list of things that I hated this decade.

Movies

  • The Rise of Skywalker – Every interesting decision it made it then immediately backtracked on. Every new direction the previous movies decided to take, it undid. I hated this. I hated it so much.
  • The Brave Little Toaster Goes To Mars – Yes, this came out in 1998 or something, but my girlfriend made me watch a few weeks ago. I am broken.
  • The Dark Knight Rises – I honestly thought that everyone in the movie was an idiot. No one made a sane decision.
Shows
If you like these, cool. I didn’t, but I don’t want to give people a hard time for enjoying things.
  • Adventure Time – I’m sorry. I don’t like it.
  • Kill La Kill – Eh, I don’t really care for it.
Music
No entry here. If I don’t like something, I usually don’t listen to it.

Games

  • Notch – Not a game, but a creator. I played Minecraft from the start. I have interacted with him before, back on the indie gamer forums. My disappointment in this man is immeasurable.
  • Silent Hill PT – It could have been great. Screw you Konami.
Society
  • Nazis – I thought we dealt with them almost a century ago.
  • Blockchain – I love blockchain. But I hate that it’s only used for money. And the money isn’t really money, but a speculative investment. I mean, bitcoins aren’t even fungible. What.
  • Facebook – It just makes us miserable, and we are giving up more and more of our privacy and data in order to opt-in.
  • The general trend of autocratic tech companies playing with our lives and society for a quick buck, while also obfuscating their true value under the spectacle of innovation – I mean, I like magic tricks, but not when they mess with our lives.
Obviously, this is just my opinion. Nothing here is meant to be an attack. Unless you are disagreeing about the nazi part of the list, in which case, fuck off. 
Anyway, I hope the next arbitrary slice of years is a great arbitrary slice for you all!

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