As this IQS101 post noted, the X-Play winner for best game of the year 2007 was BioShock. When the time comes to announce the winner for 2008, perhaps it will be Halo 3, particularly given the millions it made in the first 24 hours. As a bit of history, the related company (after having concentrated in the nineties on Macintosh games) was acquired in 2000 by Microsoft. According to this piece in Wikipedia, days after the release of Halo 3 a new arrangement was formed. For interaction between company staff and the community surrounding their games visit Bungie.net. The company prides itself first and foremost on the strengths and abilities of its people, adding that they use the best technology in the best place to create compelling games, stories and worlds.
With respect to Bungeelabs.com, this ZDNet Feb 18 article shared that they launched a public beta of a new version of their BungeeConnect (an on demand application development platform for professional programmers).
Although unrelated and from different perspectives, both Bungie.net and Bungeelabs.com sound like fun sites to keep an eye on. Although viewing from afar, both seem to strive to ensure quality is innately within their organizations and products.