The GC isn't trash. I happen to like it's controller (not that I'd want to trade in my dual shock for it) and I like the system all around. It is slightly happier looking than either of its competitors, but that's forgivable. I guess I would prefer a longer controller cord (and no I don't want a wavebird--stupid wireless controllers) but that's minor. But really, the reason I like it is it's got my favorite MGS game of all time.
Back OT: when they talk about market share in that survey/study thing are they even talking about systems sold? I thought the market share would relate to games AND systems. And, let's face it, there are more PS2 games than xbox games.
Oh, and I got the disc read error thing too. Know what I did? Cleaned the freakin' lens. Maybe I'm just lucky, but aside from the occasional lens-cleaning, my PS2 (one of the early ones, like within the first six months) still runs great.