- End of a lazy-ish weekend, so it might be time to check in to the other CMP Game Group sites (including Gamasutra, WorldsInMotion.biz, and Game Career Guide), since there were a number of pretty interesting GSW-worthy stories that popped onto them towards the end of last week. As follows:

- Over at Gamasutra, there's a book extract from the newly released 'Exploiting Online Games', which has just debuted from Addison Wesley, and as we explain in the intro blurb, "...authors Gary McGraw and Greg Hoglund look at data exposure and countermeasures for macro bots in online games." It's neat to see some slightly code-centric approaches to this, though hopefully it doesn't give everyone evil ideas.

- At Game Developer Research's online worlds blog WorldsInMotion.biz (psst, here's the RSS feed), Leigh Alexander has been profiling Three Rings' long-running Yohoho! Puzzle Pirates, and I enjoyed her in-world overview, complete with lyrical invective: "The high seas spirit of the Puzzle Pirates world put the fire of adventure into my veins -- if she could work her way up, perhaps I'd be a noblewoman too, someday." There's a concluding piece on the "deceptively complex" world, and the write-up will soon be added to the Online World Atlas we're building up there.

- Which game franchise has sold 4 million copies without you, dear GSW reader, noticing? That's the Nancy Drew franchise from Her Interactive, and Gama posted an interview with Jessica Chiang about the teen sleuth, revealing, among other things: "Nancy is fluent in using the Internet on her laptop, GPS, and a cell phone - and sometimes a camera phone, depending on the game. Nancy is also environmentally responsible, oftentimes involving herself in protecting endangered wildlife such as whales and wolves." Modern little Nancy!

- This has already been discussed quite a bit, so I won't dwell on it, but the 'PR And The Game Media: How PR Shapes What You Think About Games' article posted on Gamasutra has produced some interesting reactions around the Internet - to what I think was a largely measured, not overly demonizing piece. I did think that ex-CGM editor Steve Bauman's detailed reaction on his own blog was well thought-out and interesting, and I mention a couple of relevant points in the comments to that post.