- As is often the case during the week, I've been accumulating a bunch of links that are a little bit too minor to post as standalone posts, but are nonetheless worth pointing and gawking at. So a slow Friday afternoon allows me to write some of those up, as follows:

- Let's start with something completely random. Poking around video aggregation/rating site VideoSift, it was neat to see the Wipeout-themed music video for Fluke's 'Atom Bomb' getting linked and appreciated. As the Wikipedia page notes: "Originally formed for the soundtrack to the Wipeout 2097 video game the track reached #20 in the UK music charts and brought Fluke their first non-club mainstream single." Fluke's output in general is excellent, a bit Underworld-y, and used in lots of movies/movie trailers, and I still heart The Designers Republic for the art stylings, so... there you go.

- Pocketwatch Games founder Andy Schatz, who presented the Independent Games Festival Awards for us this year, is a totally wonderful guy and a vital member of the indie community, so it was great to see him post a history of his company on his Qatfish.com indie blog aggregator site. He explains at the end: " I wanted to describe what it means to be an “Indie” game developer, and what, in my opinion, game development SHOULD be about. I never got my MBA, but I still plan to change the world." With neat, ecofriendly indie games like Venture Arctic (pictured), he's on the right track.

- We already talked about the new Katamari Damacy T-shirts, but missed out on Cabel Sasser's blog post about visiting Keita Takahashi in Japan to work out this new batch. A key passage: "First off, more Katamari Damacy games are coming! The games are no longer being worked on by Takahashi ("We Love Katamari", the sequel, was as far as he wanted to take it), but Namco is soldiering on without him, and I'm still very excited about what's to come. Look for some new Katamari titles possibly as soon as later this year. So, Takahashi is now working on something totally new. What is this new video game project? What platform is it on? When can we see it? Sadly, I can't say. But, as with all things Takahashi, it's safe to say you'll be surprised, confused, and delighted." Yay! Also, Cabel's dad invented Dr. Who stew for Subway. Nuff said.

- The GDC recaps are all dead and buried, but I thought Snarfed.org's round-up of the event was particularly nicely done as a karmic overview: "The overriding theme this year can be summed up in three words: YouTube for games. Everyone was chasing full-speed after the user-generated content bandwagon. The big three platforms all had their official stories, and lots of others were clamoring to tell theirs too." Lots more handy Game Developers Conference 2007 analysis inside - hey, maybe we should have done something like this!

- Via Boyer and Fort90 and various others, a demo version of Gesundheit! is now available, one of the wackiest and most offbeat Adventure Game Studio-created games I've seen: "In "Gesundheit!", you're a little green pig who sneezes yummy snot, and you use your tasty nasal discharges to lead monsters into traps, all while trying to avoid being eaten. For the graphics, I'm scanning scratchboard drawings and doing 2D animation with a lovely 3D program, anim8or." Aso, as the author explains: "It's basically an old-school action-puzzle type thing." Great art, too.

- I think the first bit of this already got linked on some 'big boy blogs', but Joel Parker at GameOfTheBlog got some abstruse swag from Rockstar in exchange for signing over his cheekily registered Manhunt3.com domain to them. There's some controversy over whether it's 'ransom' or 'bounty' (ar harr!), but there's now a picture of the Rockstar mug he got and OH LOOK HE SAID 'RANSOM' IN THAT POST, so I win. In your face, Parker!

- I'd forgotten about Wataru Maruyama's Costume GET! blog until its appearance on Jiji's blogroll jolted my memory again, but it's on the ol' RSS feed now, so don't everyone fret. In any case, this late February post reveals some obviously dodgy Dead Or Alive 10th Anniversary books that show plenty of the non-costumes showcased in that series of games. More importantly, it reminded me that the Okami artbook is coming out in the States in July, thanks to Udon, who help operate Capcom Comics - and also released the Street Fighter: Eternal Challenge artbook in the West - which I don't think got nearly enough press. Neat, anyhow.