http://www.gamesetwatch.com/shaka.jpg The second batch of leftover Bloglines and Google News randomness, then, and there's plenty of diversity in this linklog, from odd arcade games to Chinese cultural controversy, huzzah:

- A few weeks ago on sister site Gamasutra, we covered Sega Entertainment's plans for U.S. arcade GameWorks, in a feature which indicated the company would be spending significant money on bringing arcade games to its U.S. gaming centers. Well, lo and behold, a YouTube video turns up showing Yu Suzuki's totally bizarre touchscreen fighting game Psy Phi at the GameWorks in Schaumberg, Illinois. Maybe it's just a test version, but good to see the game in U.S. arcades. [Via NeoGAF.]

- Local paper stories about video game companies are always cute, so here's a new one - the Oshkosh Northwestern discussing new Wisconsin game developer Frozen Codebase, and has some fun quotes in it: "Why Green Bay? "Why not Green Bay?" Geisler said. "We could do this in Antarctica, but Green Bay is warmer." Actually, one of the great advantages of northeastern Wisconsin is the quality of life and low cost of living, he said. "If you live out West, you may pay $2,000 a month rent. Here you can find a pretty good place for $600 per month," Geisler said. "It's almost like a raise without costing anything."" Yay, Wisconsin!

- After I posted about slightly obscure Konami arcade machine Wartran Troopers (which, yes, included the words 'Sir, Yes Sir!' in the marquee), commenter TJ2000 pointed out the Japanese version, World Combat, as part of an excellent Japanese arcade cabinet photo set on Flickr - particularly good because it has detailed commentary on games like Sega's Shaka No Tambourine and ICBM Pachinko.

- MIT's Henry Jenkins has an excellent new blog, and covers 'National Politics within Virtual Game Worlds: The Case of China' in a recent entry, discussing "what some are describing as "the largest political protest gathering in a virtual world game ever" occurr[ing] within the Chinese Massively Multiplayer Game, Fantasy Westward Journey." It's great when people take time to gather all the facts and put things in perspective, as Jenkins and his student have done here.