- Aha, so this late-weekend version of our 'microlinks' rundown actually compiles things found before even looking at the video game site RSS feeds. So there's some tangential, but interesting stuff later on in here - interesting non-game material that I find is still posted on my own personal 'ffwd' linklog from time to time, btw. Here goes:

- UK Green Wing scriptwriter James Henry had nice things to say about games as a medium on his 'Blue Cat' blog, and points out that the top 3 titles at his local game store are "...an art deco-themed playable critique of Ayn Rand-style Objectivism... an incredibly odd puzzle game that requires you to bend 3D space with a special gun... [and] a Japanese roleplaying adventure set entirely within a dreamworld generated by Frédéric Chopin." He then grins: "Coming up with ideas for computer games is starting to look like the most fun it's possible to have." Renaissance, folks!

- American McGee has a fun blog post on his game development company trip to the Yellow Mountain, with his largely Chinese workers at the Shanghai-based Spicy Horse, working on American McGee's Grimm. Teambuilding ahoy!

- The 'Weebl's Stuff' Flash comic has a special episode featuring Weebl hanging out with Weighted Companion Cube. Looks like they're having fun! Here's more info on Weebl & Bob, which has been a Flash strip for a few years now, and aired on MTV in the UK.

- Over at the 'Vinyl Abuse' action figure blog, they've spotted some nice game-related art: "The super talented Mr Jay Smith has created some wonderously cool Legend of Zelda themed wallpapers to celebrate his love for the new Nintendo DS game ‘The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass’, a mighty fine game indeed!"

- At Bit-Tech, they have a round-up of Independent Games Festival 2008 entries, explaining: "...we’ll be looking at the line-up for this year's festival and giving our opinions on some of the 170+ games which stand out to our trained eyes. Which are the ones to watch and why? Which developers have brains of coding gold and which ones have just ripped off Pong again?"

- Jenn Frank's 1UP blog has been discussing surreal '80s video game movie 'Arcade Attack', and the weirdest bit is hosted (fair use kinda? hm!) on GameVideos: "It's like The Ring crossed with Ghostbusters or something. And then, all the animated pinball characters from earlier in the documentary are suddenly busting up through the glass of the pinball machines, rallying and ready to fight off the 'Video Invaders.'" Neat, though.

- Techno music writer/artist Philip Sherburne has been picking albums for digital re-release on Anthology Recordings, but it's interesting because of the music label itself, "...the world’s first ever all digital reissue label, its goal to provide an online outlet for rare and out-of-print music of all eras, genres and cultures." Services like the Virtual Console and GameTap are starting to tap into this for games, but the game space still has a massive way to go, and here's an interesting comparison point. Can't wait.

- Clive Thompson's recent(-ish) Wired News column on games had a fun jaunt through Portal's physics possibilities - we know the obvious raves, but here's a thought: "Think how weird a Mario racing game would be if you could shoot portals that wreak havoc on the racetrack?" Actually, I think I would hate that.

- Publishers Weekly's 'The Beat' comics blog has been ruminating on the Radiohead album and comics ramifications, and Heidi MacDonald comments: "When you note that the nets are starting to offer TV on the web it’s been obvious for some time that sooner or later everyone in the video entertainment biz is going to go to digital downloading." She then suggests comics and digital downloading might be a bigger steal in 2008. Random thought - how about digital comics for sale on XBLA/PSN? That might be neat.

- Tokyo art magazine type Jean Snow points out Brian Ashcraft's work for the latest Wired magazine, as he "...writes up comedian Shinya Arino and his popular videogame-related TV show GAME CENTER CX... Wired.com also includes a look at the set."

- Save The Robot's Chris Dahlen has pointed out "...Virginia Heffernan, who I believe was the NYT TV critic, has started a transmedia column blog called The Medium... She doesn’t start by wheeling out Henry Jenkins. She doesn’t talk about web comics or MMORPG. And she never mentions The Matrix. In other words, it’s a transmedia column for non-geeks - and I think it’ll work really well."