- A relaxing Friday night is a good time to catch up on our regular-ish GSW linkdump, and even though it's getting pretty close to Xmas, that's actually plenty of interesting, good stuff out there. The blogosphere never sleeps?

- Massive Lack Of Backup?: Just a random note from QT3 - Steve Bauman from Computer Games Magazine and Massive Magazine has an interesting post in which he claims of CGMag's attitude to MMO gold farmers (banned from other mags like PC Gamer!): "IGE is no longer on the back page, for what it's worth, but still has a third-page in the interior. Here's the unfortunate reality: Our MMO magazine hasn't taken a single IGE ad, yet none of the companies that make "principled stands" against people that accept gold farming ads have stepped up to take IGE's place. So, we're screwed if we accept the ads, and screwed if we don't."

- Wii Did Not Recall!: Edge Online has a sharp but relevant piece, pointing out the incorrect nature of stories like: "'Nintendo is recalling more than three million straps for its new Wii console' says the BBC." They point out: "The truth behind the story concerning The Big Wii Strap Scandal isn't quite so sensational: Nintendo is not recalling any of its stock, but will happily change your Wii strap for a more robust replacement if you get in touch with its customer services department." We got it right on Gama, but who's behind this more tart Edge Online editorial? Is it existing staffers, or is Iain (Simons?), who posts in the comments, behind it? Reply if you know.

- Choco-What? Yikes!: Via Fort90, a completely bizarre costume of a Chocobo from Final Fantasy which was, for some strange reason, "created from a text description only. No visual input...no discussions from the clients... It was on display at the Barbican Art Gallery in London from May to September, 2002, as part of a show called “Game On” which is about the history and development of computer games." Why did they not provide reference, or am I missing something? Scroll down for other odd oddness.

- Riah Homebrew Go!: Selectbutton's Dessgeega has a post on a dojin PC game explaining that "...team folio's riah is an homage to castlevania, and not the metrovania style of castlevania that seems to have become the current template for the series, but the older model, where platforming is crucial and enemies are placed carefully to construct compelling setpieces." Also, Tim Rogers explains why Famitsu is PR, and that's fine.

- The Gaming Generation: 1UP has another of its excellent (though a little sparse of late) features, on how gaming and parenthood blend: "Gamers that stared down the challenges of reaching "just one more level" or beating an old high score are now facing a more significant challenge: blending marriages, mortgages, and parenting together with their gamer lifestyle. How are some members of the "videogame generation" coping? What do the children of gamer parents think? And where do sociologists see the "videogame generation" taking family relationships and gaming itself in the future?"

- Beatmaania, Never Over Here Again: NCSX points out that Beatmania IIDX 12 Happy Sky has debuted for PS2 in Japan. Shame that the U.S. PS2 version of Beatmania, by all accounts a bit of a lackluster song structure and choice compared to the Japanese highlights, looks like it's stopped further versions of the game being released in the States. I look forward to the time when stuff like this is digitally downloadable, XBLA-style, untranslated, for niche gamers. If that ever happens! Also, SNK Vs. Capcom DS is out in .JP - Brandon points out it's due in the West in early 2007.

- PS3 Vs. Xbox 360 - Blog Fight! - N'Gai Croal, whose Newsweek blog is a canny new read, has a good analysis of Microsoft's blog war vs. Sony - or rather, lack of war: "As hilariously transparent as [Microsoft blogger Andre] Vrignaud's motives may be, it doesn't excuse the fact that when it comes to the Battle of the Blogs, Sony Computer Entertainment has simply chosen not to fight." And yep, Three Speech and my critique of it gets cited. I think Vrignaud probably gives Microsoft PR conniptions, but we all understand where he's coming from, and that's SO much better.