- Aha, there's still a fair amount of random GameSetLink-age hanging around even after Christmas day is come and gone, and this is the first of two parts in which I'll be rounding up my holiday link trawling. Watch out for a couple of special articles on GSW in the next few days, too, dug out of who knows where!

- Italian GameWhat?: Matteo Bittanti continues to dig up some good, random stuff, and this post is no exception: "A pungent satire of the videogame press by Cristiano Bonora aka Dingo Stylish and his team (Half Moon and Round Kiss), 100% Made in Milan (r). GameShit ("One magazine to shit them all") is a new brilliant online video series about the ultimate game mag, GameShit. The videos - available in both English and Italian - will appeal to those who have a deep knowledge of the inner workings of the game press world."

- Sam & Max's Terrible Two-s: Well, not _terrible_ as in awful, but The New Gamer has handily reviewed Sam & Max Episode 2 - 'Situation: Comedy', which is out now on GameTap, indicating that, while it's still plenty of fun: "The episode as a whole feels much smaller and more cramped than the first. Apart from a few small errands, the bulk of the episode takes place in the four-room television studio, which isn't necessarily bad, but the game's scale has definitely been taken down a notch." Still: "Despite these problems, Situation Comedy is well-worth its $9 price tag (at least, when it hits Telltale's website in January) or GameTap membership, and as long as they're able to bring me a few hours of entertainment once a month, it'll feel worth it." [UPDATE: Ah, we have a Critical Reception reviews round-up for the game on Gamasutra today!]

- Christmas Is... Oh!: I accidentally delayed this one til after Christmas Day itself, but hey - SelectButton has a round-up of some fun free Xmas games, and yes, it's got the Xmas Metal Gear Solid pastiche, but it also has something that just winter-themed, yay: "Flash game superstar Orisinal has a newish game up called Winterbells. Like his best games it features simple mouse-based mechanics with addictive gameplay. Bells fall from the starry winter night sky. Mouse movements control the rabbit and left clicking makes him jump. Landing on a bell will boost you higher allowing to reach more bells. The higher up into the sky you can reach, the better score you can get. Like all of Orisinal's games it features relaxing music and lovely artwork. "

- Jay Is Voting Time: The lovely Jay at casual game powerhouse JayIsGames pinged me to mention that his site's best casual/Flash game of 2006 polls are now open, and ready for ze voting by ze general public: "We'll be taking your votes for the next several days up until the dawning of the new year when we present the very best in casual gameplay that we enjoyed throughout 2006. Play along or just browse through the nominations and relive those cherished moments from the year." So even if you're lazy at voting, there's tonnes of neat casual games to try. Yay.