http://www.gamesetwatch.com/nob.jpg Dude, it's totally Sunday, which means it's totally time to take a wander around the blogosphere and come up with a whole bunch of fun, random links, including inevitable 3DO references up front, of course:

- Continuing our proud tradition of linking 3DO Kids, he's now posted about an obscure Sanyo title for 3DO called N.O.B., or 'Neo-Organic Bio-Form'. As he lovingly explains: "It was so big and shiny. I just had to pop it in and let it spin around. When it came up it was so big and impressive to begin with. And it was so hard too! I kept playing with it and playing with it and it just got harder and harder. Until I had to eject it." Oh dear. Anyhow, it's terrible, and you should read about it.

- 3PointD.com has pointed out that "Virtual-world services company Rivers Run Red is busy these days. Having recently announced they’d be bringing hit pop band Duran Duran to the virtual world of Second Life, the news is now that they’re bringing the metaverse back home, so to speak, by working with publisher Penguin to create a virtual version of Neal Stephenson’s sci-fi novel, Snow Crash, to be distributed in Second Life, a world largely inspired by the book." Is this cool? I'm starting to get a bit Second Life-d out, to be honest.

- Over at Broken Toys, Scott J. has rounded up the new World Of Warcraft interviews released on Friday night to collective wibbling from about 6 million WoW players. He notes: "Interestingly, although perhaps expectedly (is that a real word?), both interviews concentrate less on new content from the upcoming expansion than in news of interest to the millions of people hanging on word from WoW’s live team." And then explains it all, and it's a bit complicated, but "limiting expansion raids to 25 people" seems to be the most controversial. Have at it!

- Following controversy over a Geometry Wars clone being 'cease and desisted' (or, rather, getting a polite pre-C&D letter) from Bizarre Creations, Indy Gamer has compiled a big list of Geometry Wars clones for PC - v.useful. He notes: "Why did Bizarre Creations stop at one when there are at least ten other efforts probably infringing on their rights? It was never clarified properly as to which of GridWars designs were similar, since all the games mentioned in this article also bears some semblance to Geometry Wars." Well, now they have all the URLs in one handy place, doh!

- Planet GameCube has reviewed Cooking Mama, which will be released in the States by Majesco later this year, and explain the gameplay handily: "Actually making the dish is split up into multiple mini-games, all of which are very WarioWare-ish in nature. Using only the stylus, you’re required to complete tasks like cracking an egg over a bowl, stirring a pot, or moving the temperature slide on a stove to prevent your meal from over-heating." However, it's noted: "My main complaint about Cooking Mama is that, while the mini-games are fun at first, they’re used pretty frequently, and sometimes it’ll seem like you’re just making a different meal in a jumbled order."

- Finally, Armchair Arcade has a longish article about 'Revisiting SSI's Legendary Gold Box Games'. I never really played these, but I know that ".... It’s hard to exaggerate the kind of nostalgic reverie that these words are able to evoke in true fans of SSI’s legendary computer role-playing games (CRPGs)." In other words - instant fap time for some, quizzical looks for others - and I presume that the titles are kinda hardcore for today's market, but boy, a lot of people still love 'em.