Thanks, guys. I've been turned off to gaming consoles for years due to the price of games and that the manufacturers render them obsolete every couple of years. A co-worker told me to avoid the XBox arcade and go for one with an internal hard drive.
A drawback is that I live in the sticks where there is no broadband access. I wish the FCC would kick it in gear with the broadband spectrum on the old television analog signals that the cell companies bought