www.mxvsatv.comThe current version of the MX video game from THQ may just be the last--at least for a while. What used to be a pretty popular video-game segment has been dominated by the guys from what used to be Rainbow Studios ever since Motocross Madness on the PC, which was developed by Rainbow Studios and released by Microsoft way back in 1998. As the series evolved, it eventually headed to console video gaming, was rebranded MX vs. ATV, and we have seen four incarnations of the game under that branding--Unleashed, Untamed, Reflex and the current version, Alive. By most accounts, as it should be, Alive is the best in the series so far; it allows bar-banging action, the online play is great, and it's the cheapest. At only $39.99, THQ is letting people buy add-on stuff online, so you can pick what you want in your game and what you don't. The tracks are cool, the deterioration of the dirt (and development of lines) during the races is awesome, and bike controls are fluid and pretty realistic. But you may want to go out and buy it now, because the latest news is that THQ laid off a bunch of people, including a big chunk of the people at the MX development studio in Phoenix, so this may be the final game in this franchise, and it may not be available for very long. But it's definitely worthy of a POTY nod in the DVD/Video Game category.