Well, the second day of GameSetLinks, and I _still_ haven't even managed to start looking at my Bloglines account yet since I got back from China - expect a big link backlog rush when I finally get to that. Even so, apparently I've accumulated some half-decent links, as follows:

- Andy '' Baio points out that the Assembly 2006 game development competition entries are posted, including some awesome stuff: ""Racing Pitch" controls cars by mimicking engine noise into your mic, "TattooFrenzy" draws tattoos with the PocketPC touch screen, and a free Guitar Hero clone." Looks like a FreQuency clone to us, but close enough!

- Toshio 'Electroplankton' Iwai is making an appearance at MIT on August 4th, doing his talk 'From Flipbooks to Media Art', which may be the same one he recently gave at FutureSonic in Manchester, England. If it is, you must go, since "he will present recent work such as Electroplankton for Nintendo DS and TENORI-ON, as well as his past media artworks." Yum!

- The Internet's favorite angry young man, 1UP's Luke Smith, who increasingly reminds me of a hirsute Alexei Sayle, has an interesting rant about E3 up, in which he notes: "Message control could be dictated via exactly who gets invited to these events. 'X journalist from Y publication doesn't write within our strategy? Don't invite them.'" We've had words on whether Joystiq calling random Sony execs arrogant is the best example of showing what the game press _should_ be able do, but I appreciate his concern that it's easier to be exclusive when, well, the entire event is exclusive.

- I guess this has probably wandered around online for a while, but FrankC passes along a fragment of an early Half-Life preview in magazine scan form (sorry, whichever mag that is - PC Gamer? [EDIT: The Frog says it's Next-Gen]), revealing that Gordon Freeman used to be a bug-eyed, bearded viking type who looks like he'd been shipwrecked for a couple of millenia. Can't think of very many game heroes with full-on beards, but being unconventional has never stopped Valve before...

- Kotaku's Brian Ashcraft has been hanging with Falcoon, in which the always oddly honest SNK producer/artist seems a tad melancholy: "I'm thirty. There are a lot of kids that are really into gaming. I'm getting old. You can't do this job forever," Falcoon says. "You move further and further from users and the pulse of what they are into. I need to do as much as I can right now." Is this the same in movies now, in all creative endeavors? Will we all have to retire in our thirties, like Lance Armstrong? I demand an age recount!