Day: August 22, 2020

VENN hopes to harness videogame energy

This is what being cool was like in the1980s: You’re the first kid on the block – well, one of the first anywhere – to play Mario and Duck Hunt; kids from around the neighborhood watch you.
And this is what it’s like in 2020: You have you own channel; kids from around the world watch you.
Ben Kusin has been that first one. “I became really cool – as cool as a 1st-grader can be,” he joked.
Now he’s working with people from that second one. This month, he and Ariel Horn launched VENN (shown here with Chrissy Costanza). That stands for Videogame Entertainment News Network; it’s online ( and beyond. Read more…

Best-bets for Aug. 24: Perky politics, sexy singles

1) Republican convention, 8-11 p.m. ET, PBS; 10 p.m., ABC, CBS and NBC; all night, news channels. There may be a fairly quiet start today (with official business in Charlotte, N.C.) and a high-decibel finish Thursday (with Donald Trump at the White House. The program starts at 9 p.m. ET today and 8:30 p.m. on other days and will bealot like the 2016 convention (shown here), but with fewer balloons, fewer people and less … well, everything. Speakers scheduled include Melania Trump on Tuesday and Mike Pence on Wednesday, plus Nikki Haley, Tim Scott, Joni Ernst, Kevin McCarthy, Kristi Noem and others. Read more…