Evening Reading

By Steve Gibson, Nov 21, 2008 6:00pm PST

The DirecTV guy today really wasnt very friendly at all. Bah.

As for the the videogame news around these parts:

Lastly, I changed my mind about the economy. We're all screwed. Get to the bunkers. We

have a new

guy we can start blaming soon!

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