Well true to form, they made it sound like something only weird people would enjoy. They did not make the games sound interesting either--just strange and not fun which they reinforced by saying at the end, that they really are fun!!
I guess slightly negative press is better than no press at all!!
The fellow who wrote that article had to be coaxed a little to actually sit down and play. He was going to just watch, if you can imagine that, but after he got into it he really enjoyed it.
I never thought of Power Grid as an intro, but it's such a great game I think it helped the writer get a better grasp of the quality of the games played over something like Monopoly or Clue.