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The Greatest Pop Culture References in 2017

2017 was an amazing year from a variety of points of view. It has also been crap in other areas, but let’s just ignore them for a while and remember what was best about the year that has passed. And while we’re at it, let us abandon looking into the future for a while and take a look at last year from a “retro” point of view, like so many have before us. Here we go.


Under the costume

Image via Twitter

Heidi Klum wears many hats – she is a model, a TV personality, a businesswoman and an actress – but she didn’t strike us as a nostalgic person (and a 44-year-old, for that matter). But last year’s has been one of Heidi Klum’s greatest Halloween costumes – she went to the party dressed as the wolf creature from Michael Jackson’s world famous Thriller from 1983. The mother of four has not only dressed up and put on a completely concealing costume and makeup but has actually learned the dance moves to go with them.

Way to go, Heidi – you are indeed the queen of Halloween.


Stranger references

Image courtesy Netflix

Netflix’s “Stranger Things” was among the most popular examples of serialized content (TV show perhaps isn’t the best term to describe it) in 2017. The series, set in the 1980s, has charmed its audiences not only with its retro look and synthwave soundtrack but also with the many pop culture references hidden among its “lines” that made its older fans smile numerous times while binge-watching it.

Among others, the show made references to the science fiction comedy series ALF, featuring a cat-eating alien, Aliens by casting Paul Reiser in one of its more important secondary roles and featuring a man-eating monster that sheds its skin and grows, showing us endless corn fields (Children of the Corn), demonic possession (The Exorcist), taking the kids inside a set of dark and scary tunnels (IT) and for a walk on a long railroad track (Stand by Me), and referencing video games like Dig Dug and Dragon’s Lair quite often. And that’s without mentioning the retro fest of the Halloween episode.

Stranger Things Season 2 was a retro extravaganza – let’s hope its upcoming third season continues this tradition.


Nintendo Switch

Photo by othree

Nintendo has tried to consolidate its presence on the gaming market with Switch, its brand new portable console. It was a nice move, pretty successful as it was, but the retro spin on the console was the greatest news of them all. For those who didn’t hear yet, here’s the news: starting last September, Nintendo made a series of its classic games available for the Switch, starting with Super Mario Bros, and including titles like Balloon Fight, Ice Climber, Pinball, Clu Clu Land and Punch-Out, and probably a series of other classic Nintendo titles in 2018.

Retro games on the go? Bring them on!


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