- Obviously, I'm a little bit (vaguely) in the know about what's going on at Game Developers Conference next week, considering I work right next to the office of adorable GDC primo supremo Jamil Moledina. But actually, Jamil is so darn good with keeping secrets and dispensing veiled allusions that I probably know about as much as the average forum-goer. And Jamil loves it that way! But I do have a couple of pearls of wisdom to pass on:

- Firstly, do pay careful attention to the list of stand-out lectures Jamil reels off in this GameDaily.biz interview from earlier in the week. Sure, there's some obvious ones listed (LucasArts showing off their next-gen tech, Peter Molyneux on Fable 2), but both 'The First Year of Media Molecule', from ex-Lionhead-er and Rag Doll Kung Fu creator Mark Healey, and 'Tip of the Iceberg: Future of Games and Entertainment Resides Online' from the mysterious Trion World folks are not quite such obvious tips - so now I'm intrigued! You, too?

- If you like adventure games, you'll probably like lots of GDC. For one, as Telltale Games points out, there's a double Sam & Max whammy during GDC week. The dynamic duo are on the cover of the March 2007 issue of Game Developer magazine, which will be available x5000 copies for free at the show on Wednesday, with a special Steve Purcell-painted cover. Plus, as Telltale notes, Sam & Max "will be making a special appearance of sorts at Wednesday's [IGF] Awards ceremony." Wait & see! Also, we read Tim Schafer's script for the Choice Awards, and it's ACE. With a capital A. That is all.

- Via a party flyer handily posted in someone's cube at work, I discovered that Sony's exclusive Wednesday-night GDC party in San Francisco is starring none other than Cut Chemist on the turntables. This is excellent news, since I reckon he's a suitable blend of the wizard DJ and the geek to fascinate partygoers. But of course, the Sony party is also necessarily tricky to get into, as per normal - you need an invite specifically addressed to you, and then you get a PDF with a barcode to print out, which is scanned at the door. A solution? Go photocopy your friend's and arrive earlier than him!

- I heard that the secret PlayStation 3 announcement for the show is that they will be upgrading the OS to include a magic pixie which sticks its head holographically out of your PS3 and regales you with tales of Dublin in the '30s. To combat this, Nintendo will be expanding the Minus World feature on the Wii to include genuine negative gravity effects, specifically tuned to suck competing consoles into the Wiimote's internal speaker and trap them there. Not to be outdone, Microsoft will hold a special press conference in the parking lot revealing an 8-track add-on for the Xbox 360, including digital connectivity. Xbox Live Gold subscriptions will come with 3 free Neil Diamond albums and a small 3D printer that manufactures fluffy windshield dice. [Or, y'know, we can just wait for the hardware manufacturers to explain their announcements themselves.]