We genuinely hoped 2017 would be marginally more tolerable than the one which preceded it, willfully ignoring the empirical evidence of life in general, which dictates that things gradually regress to not just the mean, but the nasty. At this point, the word 'optimism' is in danger of falling out of use, outside of eye clinics where it is employed as an amusing catch-all for their office jargon.
Britain began its messy divorce from the enlightened, multi-cultural world, whilst Donald Trump, unfortunately, lived up to everything he promised. And Nazism made a comeback! Who had that down for 2017?
Still, as ever, we did our best to distract you all from the horrors of reality, covering as we do all the hottest stuff in the world of popular culture. Boatloads of you flocked to our safe shores for the scoop on all the latest films, TV shows, games, wrestling events - and, oddly, little vinyl figurines.
These ten articles in particular captured your imagination. And only one of them featured nudey parts. When did they go out of fashion?
Benjamin was born in 1987, and is still not dead. He variously enjoys classical music, old-school adventure games (they're not dead), and walks on the beach (albeit short - asthma, you know).
He's currently trying to compile a comprehensive history of video game music, yet denies accusations that he purposefully targets niche audiences. He's often wrong about these things.