I want to tackle the new year with a similar mindset but keep some of those things I learned and picked up in 2016. Since this might be interesting to some of you, I wanted to share these things. I documented most of them in the last 50+ posts I wrote this year (another habit which I will continue), so this is just a summary of the most important ones that are here to stay.
To get this out of the way first: I'm not an Americanist, I'm not even that interested in politics and I'm German, so please take my writing with a grain of salt.
Then why bother writing about the result of the possibly biggest election this decade? I'm not sure but through Social Media and global broadcasting I feel somehow part of what goes on and I see a lot of people outraged about the result even though Donald Trump haven't even started his new job.
It all depends on how you want to design your life, a freedom that was totally alien just a few decades earlier. What nobody talks about is that the lack of meta-skills and the rise of decision-anxiety are the price we pay for this freedom.
Do we live in a time that is solemnly focused on hedonism? The maximisation of our happiness? Don't get me wrong, I don't complain, being a human is the best. But where are we going as a society? Can I live every day as it would be my last for 90+ years?
Due to the recent passing of Satoru Iwata (President of Nintendo, read more about his story on this Time Magazine Article http://time.com/3954934/nintendo-satoru-iwata/), may he rest in piece, I thought about how videogames influenced my life throughout the years.
The first real memory I have of videogames is playing Tetris and Super Mario Land on my Gameboy (handheld) in the very early 90's, so one might say I'm involved with the industry for about 2 decades now that I can remember. The last memory is from this morning on my daily commute playing on the Nintendo 3Ds (handheld). I'd say old habits die hard.