I was 17, very soon 18, and was midway through high school. I had been following Gamespot for years and remember being really happy that Jeff and Ryan had come together at Arrow Pointing Down. At the time San Francisco and Jeff and Ryan's antics seemed like magical faraway land, which I guess it kinda was because it was halfway across the Earth from me.
Very close to my own story.
Burnout 3 is a better game then paradise !
there I said it.
Also you are right...and Revenge is better than both.