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Discs of the year: Thumb fun

Our videogames critic has an attraction-repulsion thing for the most popular games of the year.

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Sean F. Hamilton's high fives

Wii Perfect for families, casual gamers and my parents, the Wii has officially won the Next Gen war. Yet, I can't get past the fact that it still feels like more of a toy than a game. The Wii is the board game of 2008---you pull it out when company drops in.

Grand Theft Auto IV (360/PS3)

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Awesome value for your gaming buck that still feels to me like "drive here, do this, drive here do that."

Guitar Hero World Tour (360/PS3/Wii/PS2) While I give it a 10 out of 10, I don't have room for another set of fake instruments in my living room.

Gran Turismo 5: Prologue (PS3) The pinnacle of racing games. But, I will never, ever, pay 40 bucks for a demo.

LittleBigPlanet (PS3) The cutest game in years, LittleBigPlanet sports an amazingly deep-level creator. Sadly, my own laziness supersedes that of the designer.

A curmudgeonly gamer, Sean F. Hamilton has been twiddling his thumbs since the daysof Jumpman.

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Videogame cover band NERD ARMY recommends We pick Mega Man because it's old school, affordable, hard as hell and has a wicked soundtrack.

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