Wednesday, December 12, 2007
The best of the rest
Entertainment goes well beyond the basics of movies, television and music. CNN Entertainment Producer Matt West, who covers technology and video with his "Pop Digital" segments, offers his take on the best video games, comic/graphic works and gadgets of the year.

Top Video Game: "Bioshock" (2K Games)

One of the best video games I've played all year is also one of the best reviewed games of 2007. It combines great first-person shooter gameplay with a truly imaginative story that's easily as important as the action itself.

Runner-up: "The Orange Box" (EA)

The most bang for the buck. Five amazing games, one box. Worth the price alone for "Portal," a reality warping puzzle solver.



Top Comic Book: "Green Lantern: The Sinestro Wars" (DC Comics)

As Hollywood tried in vain to excite audiences with their summer superhero sequels, writer Geoff Johns was quietly penning an epic blockbuster in the pages of DC's Green Lantern that put them all to shame. The galaxy spanning "Sinestro Wars," wrapping up this week in Green Lantern #25, featured the kind of action and intrigue that should be required reading for studio execs as a how-to in the superhero action genre. (Editor's note: DC Comics is a unit of Time Warner, as is CNN.)

Runner-up: "Sentences: The Life of M.F Grimm" (Vertigo)

The gritty true story of Percy Carey, whose career as an up-and-coming rapper was cut short by his second job as a drug dealer on the streets of New York.



Top Gadget That's NOT an iPhone: Flip Video (Pure Digital)

This pocket-sized video camera, which can capture up to an hour's worth of video, is now my favorite toy (next to my Xbox 360). The video resolution certainly isn't on the level of a DV cam -- but then again, neither is the price, just $129. Simple and easy-to-use, Flip Video is a great way to capture the moment on the fly. A simple internal editing program and a USB interface makes it just as easy to upload your content straight to your laptop and then on to YouTube.

-- Matt West
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