Not that God would approve, but it's better than the real thing. Outside, Cyberglobe (formerly the Next Level) looks like just another strange teenybopper hangout stationed next to a skate shop and a discount textbook store. Inside, it looks like something out of a William Gibson novel. Mood lighting insinuates a rave, but the rows of ultrafast networked computers are silent, thanks to headphones at each station. Sidle up to the counter and buy yourself an hour's time for five bucks. That should be enough for you to try out Counter-Strike, Battlefield 1942, Halo, or one of a hundred other games. Of course, you could just check your e-mail or read TheOnion.com: With all the hardcore gamers in here, confining yourself to the Web is the only way to ensure you don't get " "0wN3d" by some maniac clan gamer with a Browning automatic rifle. Best leave your pride at home: Unless you got the mad skills, it'll only get bruised around here.
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