- Uhoh, this whole 'saving up links for big posts' is going well, but possibly a bit too well. There's an absolute mess of ephemera saved up here, and so I'm going to spew them out at you - like I'm Mr. Creosote after a solo trip to Bucca Di Beppo. You don't mind, right?

- IGS PGM - Part Deux!: I've always harbored a secret and unnecessary desire to own an IGS PolyGameMaster arcade system, which is sorta the [EDIT: Taiwanese!] version of the Neo Geo, complete with a few Cave shooters and the Metal Slug-tastic Demon Front. Anyhow, Arcade Renaissance reveals the debut of the PGM2 hardware with Oriental Legends 2, yet another side-scrolling beat-em-up for those Asian countries which think that Dungeons & Dragons: Shadow Over Mystara is the best game ever - which is apparently a lot of them!

- June's Indies Rock: GameTunnel has posted its June Indie Game Review panel, and they continue to do a sterling job of reviewing many of the top indie games, some of which GSW has even mentioned! Top title this month is 'Jets 'N Guns Gold', the Machinae Supremacy-soundtracked Easter European shmup, but also scoring highly is Andy Schatz's Venture Arctic, which is felicitous news - and all of the top games mentioned are worth at least a perusal.

- Tips & Tricks Go Bye-Bye: A bunch of major sites have covered this too, but it's to be lamented that Larry Flynt Publications' Tips & Tricks Magazine, recently on an attempted comeback with veteran editor Bill Kunkel, has closed down editorial - though it will still release code specials, sans editors, for a bit? Anyhow, I'm sure the Magweasel will have something to say about this soon, but in the meantime, I thought the follow-up post was seminal: "Apparently, some websites have picked up my blog rant about T&T and are presenting it as hard news." Oh, you blogs!

- Nifflas, Indie God?: When he's not awesomely baiting PopCap, Derek Yu is pointing out great interviews with Nifflas, the creator of a bunch of dreamy indie games including Knytt and Within A Deep Forest. The English interview is down the bottom of the linked article, and there's some serious Ico love in it: "Ico is not about what the game is, it’s about what the game is not." Zen!

- One Game, MANY Platforms: Sometime Gamasutra and GSW contributor Benj Edwards has posted a fun 1UP feature called 'Platform Agnostics', aka 'The Most Whored-Out Games', and while Ms. Pac-Man may be suing for defamation, it's a fun angle: "Here are eight games that have appeared on the most consoles and computers over the years, on a case-by-case basis, and see what we find. This survey only covers official, authorized game releases billed with the game's title (in whole or part)."

And some bonus links to end up with, lest they get stale and pongy:

- Halo.bungie.org points out the Halo ghostbike at the Red Bull Flugtag in Nashville, presumably about to plunge off the platform in a desperate attempt to soar - fly, ghostbike fly!

- an interesting Muslim Weekly story on a 'balanced' Muslim-themed PC RTS called Al-Quraysh, being released by Syrian company Afkar Media - bears some more investigating.

- J. from Damned Vulpine went to Richard Garriott's 'estate' for an IGDA Austin party, and all he got was a nice write-up and pictures of the lawn - and Garriott hanging with superheroes.

- Jiji reviewed the sequel to D3's The Adventures Of Darwin, and this time the Pikmin-like budget PS2 game "...is set in an Edo-era Japanese village populated not by humans, but by anthropomorphic cats." SOLD!