1.5 That's one reason I'm not counting any chickens before they hatch this election cycle. The other is explained here. I'm fine with dismissing much of what Romney stands for (or doesn't, as it were), but even before his liefest last night (really more of a commentary on Obama's uncertain speaking style than anything good Romney did) I don't want to underestimate him as a politician (although I doubt it's possible to do so as a person).
I hadn't seen update 4 when I posted, but the fact that crap like this is still happening -- with regularity -- in this industry is ugly. And the fact that the first comment on new post at Kotaku basically suggests that the people were scapegoated doesn't exactly speak will for much of the consumer side of things.