- A little early weekend GameSetLinks, then - this one mainly compose of stuff I found during the week which was just a little small, weird, or otherwise darling to make it to a standalone post. Here we goes:

- via Dearest Copernicus, a new linkblog by GameSpy veteran Joost Schuur, Korean game-themed blog GameStudy.org has info on how well Korean MMO game firms are doing overseas, showing that in most cases, non-Korean divisions of Webzen, NHN, etc are apparently not profitable. Not particularly surprising, particularly because they're trying to break into new markets, but one does wonder whether we'll see a retreat at any point.

- Game Of The Blog points out an interesting 'Best Of Rockstar Games' official video, set to The Who's 'Eminence Front'. GotB's Joel notes: "It's interesting to note the games that aren't shown. From what I can tell (I haven't played them all), it's pretty much just The Warriors, the GTA 3s, Bully, Red Dead Revolver, the Midnight Clubs, the Max Paynes, and Manhunt. No 2D GTAs, State Of Emergencys, Smuggler's Runs...hell, not even freakin' Oni for God's sake!."

- I'm presuming most of you read it anyhow, but Game Developer editor Brandon Sheffield's Insert Credit has been a bit more active recently and I wanted to point out a couple of posts in particular - info on a new Korean PC 2D fighting game called 'CHOSUN MUSA : Chosun Hokeouk Geumlok', and the 'Typing Of The Dead'-style title Typing Mania 4, which is actually a free Flash game - nice.

- A blog to watch out for is Inside Xbox Live, since, as the author notes: "I will be a visiting researcher at the Community Technologies Group at Microsoft Research in Redmond, Washington between July and December 2007, primarily looking at online gaming." He's hoping to get access to varying amounts of Xbox Live data and analyze it for the good of all - which is great! Just a couple of posts up so far, and I'm not sure whether Microsoft types are aware of this blog yet - but hopefully MS can work to make this happen.

- I can't not link The New Gamer, so here's their review of THQ's S.T.A.L.K.E.R., a title that I was sent, but have sadly not had a chance to check out - it's in the hands of our Counter-Strike-lovin' sales guy right now, actually. Anyhow, The New Gamers' conclusion sums up well what I've been hearing about the game: "There are a dozen reasons you could truthfully use to call Stalker a bad game, but there are likewise a dozen reasons why it's the best game you'll play this year."

- Tale Of The Rampant Coyote has pointed out the release of female friendly RPG upgrade Cute Knight Deluxe, and he explains handily: "I tend to think that even though this is a very "girl-friendly" game, it is just good fun, and has a significant ... "guy friendly?" ... good ol' fashioned dungeon-delving hack & slash component. Hit the dungeon, bash monsters, gather loot, upgrade your equipment with magical treasure... good classic stuff. Just do NOT forget to change out of that bloody, dented plate mail before attending the ball, because it is just SO unbecoming!" There's a good interview with the creator here, and a fascinating story in how female-friendly RPGs (also see: Aveyond) have gotten onto casual portals, incidentally.

- Future U.S. (publisher of GamesRadar, OXM, PC Gamer, etc), has a semi-public marketing blog, and I'm going to have to call out their video of WWE Diva Ashley promoting GamesRadar by, uhm, being completely unable to string a series of words together to actually do so. Wait, is this marketing, or just hilarious?