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“StarTalk” Asks the Tough Questions

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Hot on the heels of the immensely popular “Cosmos,” Neil deGrasse Tyson continues his quest to make scientific content and philosophical debate accessible to the masses with his new interview show “StarTalk.”

Building on the popularity of the eponymous podcast, National Geographic Channel brings science to the late night talk show circuit. “StarTalk” combines the natural wit and curiosity of host deGrasse Tyson with a clever gaggle of co-hosts, and then adds a guest or two and a live audience into the mix, creating an ideal setting for a hearty and heady debate. Sounds exciting, doesn’t it? In all seriousness, it’s worth a look, though.

DeGrasse-Tyson and his cohorts are witty and erudite in their own right, and thus far, have engaged top-notch minds like Richard Dawkins, Dan Savage, Christopher Nolan, Norman Lear, and ex-Pres Jimmy Carter in discussions about the crucial issues facing science and society in our modern era.

Never afraid to pull punches, the lively chats so far have included the always contentious debate about science and religion with Richard Dawkins, “Star Trek” and it’s morality in modern times with George Takei, and the dangers of an uninformed populace in the Information Age with Arianna Huffington. Other topics include the usual suspects such as politics, pop culture, and general science, as well as his guests’ lives and backgrounds.

And, unlike many popular debate shows of our era like “Politically Correct,” “The Sean Hannity Show,” or “Hardball,” deGrasse Tyson is genuinely interested in having a real discussion (not just a shouting match) and legitimately tries to maintain an open mind to differing points of view. He also selects intelligent guests who are more in tune to spirited debate than they are in regurgitating talking points.

“StarTalk” also differs from traditional late night talk in that he isn’t just on the air to stroke celebrity egos. With a similar motive to his hosting of “Cosmos,” deGrasse Tyson takes to the air not just to entertain, but to educate. So, if you’re tired of the same old nightly chatter, bring your thinking cap, enter the fray, and prepare for laughs and fun with science and friends. You never know, you might actually learn something.

With a Creative Writing degree in one hand and an endless curiosity in the other, Andy dabbles in many creative fields. He's published blog posts, articles, hotel copy, fiction, and poetry professionally. Currently he dwells in Austin, TX, with his brilliant and understanding fiancee, Kim.

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PS5 Alone in the Dark Reboot Stars Jodie Comer, David Harbour This Halloween

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On October 25, 2023, THQ Nordic’s Alone in the Dark reboot will star Killing Eve’s Jodie Comer and Stranger Things’ David Harbour. Comer will play Emily Hartwood, while Harbour will play Edward Carnaby.

The demo, loosely based on the 1992 original, is available for download from the PS Store. This prologue, starring supporting character Grace Saunders, is inspired by Alone in the Dark 2’s Jack in the Dark demo and allows you to explore the Derceto Mansion.

The showcase didn’t focus on combat, but previous showings have shown a frantic over-the-shoulder shooter, and developer Pieces Interactive promises a variety of puzzles. Depending on how much guidance you want, you can adjust the difficulty.

We’re excited about the final product. Alone in the Dark hasn’t been respected in recent years, despite its huge influence. A compelling reboot that updates the 1992 classic looks to put the franchise back on track.

 

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Warhammer RTS Realms of Ruin Masses for PS5 Invasion

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Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Realms of Ruin, a new real-time strategy game where players command one of four warring factions, is coming to PS5 in the grimdark future.

PlayStation’s strategy gaming renaissance makes us feel like we’re living in the best possible time for console gamers who love command. Realms of Ruin could be a cool addition if it succeeds. As fans know, Warhammer games are unfortunately inconsistent in quality, so we’ll reserve judgment until we see some gameplay.

Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Realms of Ruin: your thoughts? What do you think of Age of Sigmar’s controversial rebranding in general?

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One of PS5’s Worst Games Is The Lord of the Rings: Gollum

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According to Metacritic, The Lord of the Rings: Gollum is the worst-rated game of 2023, setting a new low for AAA releases. OpenCritic’s story is similar. See our video or written review to understand why.

Only eFootball was more universally hated. Balan Wonderworld and Babylon’s Fall are other villains in that awful rogue’s gallery.

Playing Gollum?

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