Video games were still okay for about, oh, four years after that. Then out came new consoles I had no reason to buy, EA cut a bullshit deal with the NFL because they didn't have the balls to compete with 2K, stuff like Shadow the Hedgehog and Sonic '06 came out and every FPS was the same. Well, to be perfectly honest nothing really interesting has been done with that genre since late-90s PC gaming, but that's another story.
Oh, and American Idol's lame. It's a rancid, overproduced charade that for some reason the whole country has agreed to go along with. Idol was interesting for one, maybe two seasons at the most. Now it's been around for like 12 years and we're supposed to believe this country can turn out a true "idol" of music once a year, and they have the brass to call themselves "the best thing on TV." I knew it was bad, but have things really gone that far downhill?