It’s fair to say that anything that could have gone wrong in 2016 probably did. But there’s one area which hasn’t succumbed to 2016 and has instead gone from strength to strength: culture. Because as facetious as this sounds, even though the walls are caving in (probably, who really knows anymore) and the UK has chosen to leave the European Union, while the US has decided that Donald Trump is the most appropriate person to lead the country, you have to admit that TV, film, music, gaming and theatre have been damn good this year.
So in this, our culture issue, we invite our enlightened readers – yes, you – to join us in surveying what the cultural sphere looks like today and where it’s heading tomorrow.
Theatre hasn’t really changed in 2,000 years, but augmented reality could be about to drag it, kicking and screaming, into the future. We speak to CoLab Theatre about how augmented reality is reinventing the theatre experience.
When it comes to video games there’s very little that scriptwriter, and daughter of Terry, Rhianna Pratchett doesn’t know. So from her time as a journalist with PC Zone to her work on the Tomb Raider series, we hear what Pratchett thinks of her amazing career and get her opinion on how storytelling is transforming gaming.
For any gamers out there, we’ve asked the creator of Yogscast, Paul Sykes, to tell us all about the strange world of VR gaming videos, found out how the iconic game Worms came to be and looked at how fashion affects Deus Ex.
DJs spend their time travelling around the world to bring their music to an adoring public. But underneath it all, they’re really a bunch of tech geeks pressing buttons in darkened rooms. We speak to drum & bass DJ InsideInfo about his favourite tech.
As this is a celebration of culture, we couldn’t help but congratulate Netflix on a job well done. We’ll find out whether their run of making hit shows can continue in 2017. And with all the exclusive albums available on streaming services like Apple Music and Tidal, we asked if anyone has been tempted back into torrenting?
And if there are any philistines out there, don’t worry we’ve also got you covered. We speak to the man who almost drowned in space, look at the return of Julian Assange, and hear author Will Self’s opinions on everything from sports to the Unabomber.
As well as this there’s all the latest news, reviews of Nintendo and Microsoft’s latest offerings and we’ll look at what the internet has done to artists’ bottom lines in Issue 30 of Factor magazine – out now on iPad and online.