Why 2021 Was Obsessed With Time Loops

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Published on 28 Dec 2021, 20:00
Hey, instead of one more episode of whatever comfort-food sitcom you're currently binging via stream, why not let IGN's Michael Swaim explain what the deal is with all these time loops lately! From games like 12 Minutes, Outer Wilds, Loop Hero, Deathloop, Minit and Quantum League to movies and shows like Russian Doll, Palm Springs, The Endless, Primer, Looper, Happy Death Day, ARQ, Gamer, The Map of Tiny Perfect Things, Predestination, Dr. Strange and more, we're surrounded by time loops. If the time loops of today were the zombie hordes of the late 90's and early 2000's, we'd be thoroughly eaten. Well, Michael thinks there's a reason for all the recent loopage. A pretty cool, complicated reason that takes 24 minutes to explain and touches on the interesting connections between nostalgia, memory, natural selection, postmodernism, and more. Join him, won't you, for what can only be called a "pop culture think piece for the ages!"? Or at least this one age repeated over and over until we learn our lesson and break the cycle.