Ben Kunis

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…