lol ok well let me say first before i continue any further, that this is my first plasma.
there are a couple of vids on FBs, which affect 2010 models, and fluctuating brightness, which affects 2011 models.
i haven't seen all of the vids, but there's one of the FB's and a guy playing Dead Space on it. that one does a pretty good job of showing what FB looks like, although may be a bit exaggerated.
the fluctuating brightness issue for the 2011's, i think is shown on a GT30, which i believe is more prone to this issue. CNET reported no issues with this on the ST, and i haven't personally checked for it since my set's so new. in the youtube vid of the GT30, i believe it's a guy showing it on his PC desktop, where he's got a wallpaper background of some landscape and a tree, and some clouds. that vid makes it look pretty bad. probably worse than the FBs on the 2010 models. hopefully i don't see anything like that on my set.
anyways, i actually talked to my wife about this stuff... she was asking me when i got home with the ST, if it was problem free, and i said "not quite", b/c of the possibility of the fluctuating brightness. so then she asked, why i didn't just stick with LCD then, and began to tell her about the typical issues with LCD, like uneven backlight uniformity, and bad viewing angles.
and while CNET tends to knock LCD/LEDs for these two things, at least both of these things are CONSTANT... so they're always there, whether or not you notice it.
the FBs on the other hand.. something dynamic is actually happening during program material, not just on a static image, so it's the fact that the FB issue is dynamic, that it makes it an actual distraction.
i've had 3 LCDs in my time, and none had the perfect uniformity that the G20 did, but none of the LCD's had any kind of picture issue that distracted me, and took me "out" of the movie. the FBs on the other hand, were completely distracting to me, enough for me to warrant exchanging it for a more expensive unit, simply to get rid of the problem.
so consider those two things. something like backlight bleeding that's constant, so while distasteful and unsightly, it may not be very distracting (depending on how bad the bleed is). or something like a dynamic problem like the FBs, which very well can be very distracting, albeit mainly for dark material, and with movies, and not so much with gaming.
that said, i just realized, you're using this new TV mainly for gaming right? like 4-5 hour session type gaming we're talking about? if that's the case, then you really shouldn't be considering a plasma, despite it's lower input lag vs. LCD. i'm already nervous spending 1 hour gaming on my plasma, never mind 4-5. and with the plasma, you can't even game for like the first 100-150 hrs, b/c of the break-in period.
anyways, good luck man, and hope this helps.