- Continuing with the daily GameSetMicroLinks, as if our life depends on it, there's all kinds of fun stuff popping up this time, including a unique video game-related brick up for auction (!):

- The revitalized Japanmanship blog has a good summary of the state of Xbox 360 in Japan - nothing we haven't heard before, but well crafted: "It’s a good console with a surprising amount of excellent games, as well as a slowly growing library of casual fare, and it is only the minor lack of “Japanesey” games, pricing and local support that really need to be sorted out."

- Far Cry 2 and Splinter Cell designer Clint Hocking has a gigantic post on 'Ludonarrative Dissonance in Bioshock', and my God, it's so much more readable than the title implies: "It seems to me that it will take us several years to learn from BioShock’s mistakes and create a new generation of games that do manage to successful marry their ludic and narrative themes into a consistent and fully realized whole." OK, that bit only vaguely!

- Via GameSniped, they point out that someone has a Sim City 2000-themed brick for sale on eBay UK. "Yes, this a real brick! Sent out to the press to promote SimCity 2000. 'SimCity 2000' is indented into the dip of the brick." For the game collector who has everything! Drop it on Will Wright's toe!

- Iain Simons has been organizing the second GameCity event in Nottingham, England for later this month, and the line-up looks pretty awesome, at this stage - Keita Takahashi, Alexey Pazhitnov, folks from the UK ratings board, and even, uhh, the Triforce. GameSetWatch and Gamasutra will have 'operatives' there causing trouble and reporting back, huzzah.

- Game developer blog Extropica has a great post called 'High end content pacing in a live environment', in which Spacetime Studios' Brandon Reinhart looks at just how quickly high-end World Of Warcraft challenges are beaten by the elite guilds: "We can see above that, in WoW, approximately 2-3 months follows the release of new content to the defeat of its final challenge by the current top guild." Lots more detail, fascinating stuff.

- Ex-Edge editor Margaret Robertson has been having an interesting whinge, but a whinge nonetheless at MySims, specifically the DS version, for cloning and various other sins: "Five minutes in, and I take it all back. MySims is radically, daringly unique. I’m not sure I’ve ever played a game where every single interaction I’ve encountered from game start to first save is so needlessly flawed." Youch!

- Finally, the adorable Benj Edwards has posted 'VC&G’s Halloween Video Game Costume Ideas (2007)', and they are all. Awesome. "Some video game fans have a tough time figuring out what costume to wear on All Hallows’ Eve, so as per tradition, I figured I’d help them out and provide some detailed suggestions geared towards the gaming enthusiast. Any of the ten costumes listed below is guaranteed to make you popular at the office Halloween party, on the street begging for candy, or anywhere in between." Please to go look!