- It's surprising - even to me - how much original reporting we get through on big sister site Gamasutra and associated sites - including Worlds In Motion, Game Career Guide, and Games On Deck - every week.

So here's some of the highlights of this week's reporting, with various reports from as far off as South Korea (where Brandon Sheffield is hanging out covering G*), London (where Jill Duffy is writing up career-related features) and, uh, San Francisco (where a bunch of us are, causing trouble!) Here goes:

- G*: Inside South Korea's Major Video Game Expo (Gamasutra)
"Gamasutra is attending this week's Gstar game show in Seoul, South Korea, documenting the region's fascinating, forward-thinking online game scene, and here presents initial impressions and pictures of the Gstar 2007's business day, with Nexon, NCSoft, and even Microsoft making a sizeable splash."

- Postmortem: Vicious Cycle Software's Dead Head Fred (Gamasutra)
"Originally, Vicious Cycle's PSP-exclusive action title Dead Head Fred was intended to be a GameCube title, before morphing into a head-swapping 'brain in the jar' game, and in this exclusive postmortem, the developers explain what went right and wrong in the game's genesis."

- Road To The IGF: Crayon Physics Deluxe Sketches Self-Expression (Gamasutra)
"Continuing Gamasutra’s ‘Road to the IGF’ feature, which profiles and interviews Independent Games Festival 2008 entrants, we talk to Kloonigames' Petri Purho about Crayon Physics, a 2D physics-based game where crayon-sketched objects can solve puzzles."

- Designing Video Games ... Sometimes (Game Career Guide)
"Jez Harris, lead designer at Relentless Software, recently spoke at the London Game Career Fair about what it really means to be a designer. He gave his talk this foretelling title: 'Designing Video Games ... Sometimes.'"

- G*: Nexon Reveals Xbox 360 MMO Mabinogi, Talks Maple Story DS (Gamasutra)
"During this year’s Gstar game show in Seoul, South Korea, Nexon has revealed to Gamasutra that it's developing an Xbox 360 version of its cel-shaded PC MMO Mabinogi, also discussing the status of awaited online game handheld conversion Maple Story DS."

- Four Days In The Center Of The Board Game Universe (Gamasutra)
"Board games are surprisingly influential in the video game world, both in terms of raw design and video game conversions - which is why Gamasutra correspondent Batty visited Germany last month to report on the Essen Internationale Spieltage - the biggest board game show in the world."

- - Mizuguchi On Rez HD's Genesis, Plans (Gamasutra)
"How did the much lusted-after Rez HD for the Xbox 360 come into being, what's the state of Q Entertainment, and how about the rumored Ninety-Nine Nights Rondo? Gamasutra catches up with Q's Tetsuya Mizuguchi to answer these questions and more."

- Q&A: James Kaye, Director of Marketing, Hands-On Mobile (Games On Deck)
"In this Q&A with Games On Deck, Hands-On Mobile's Director of Marketing for Europe, S.E. Asia & Latin America, James Kaye discusses Hands-On Mobile's history, the re-branding of the Hands-On Mobile Runtime Environment, Heroes Lore's success in Korea and the upcoming Guitar Hero mobile games."

- IGDA Forum: BioWare's Doctors On The Power Of Leadership (Gamasutra)
"As part of the IGDA Leadership Forum held in San Francisco, BioWare co-founders Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk have been discussing their company's history, touching on the multiple phases of growth, all the way to their recent acquisition by Electronic Arts - much detail within."

- Beanbag Studios' Bergenholtz Talks Casual Market 'For Dummies' (Gamasutra)
"The just-founded, casual-focused Beanbag Studios has just acquired a license to develop games based on the 'For Dummies' how-to books, Gamasutra can exclusively reveal. We spoke to founder Steve Bergenholtz about the casual gaming market -- and the big-name publishers he says will 'go the way of the dinosaur.'"

- Road To The IGF: The Wacky Hybrids of Plant Tycoon (Gamasutra)
"Continuing Gamasutra’s ‘Road to the IGF’ feature, which profiles and interviews Independent Games Festival 2008 entrants, we talk to Arthur Humphrey of Last Day of Work, developer of plant-raising and breeding sim Plant Tycoon, about creating a hybrid game about hybrid plants."

- MMO Magic: Turbine Talks Lord Of The Rings Online (Gamasutra)
"Gamasutra sat down with Turbine's Jeffrey Steefel and Adam Mersky to discuss the state of MMOs and the company's own Lord Of The Rings Online, touching on gold farming, content expansion plans, working with Tolkien Enterprises, and the future of online games."

- Q&A: Capcom's Minae Matsukawa On Producing Phoenix Wright In A Man's World (Gamasutra)
"Earlier this year, Gamasutra spoke to Capcom's Minae Matsukawa, producer of the cult-popular Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney series for DS, and discussed being a female game developer in Japan, even more a rarity than in the U.S., and how the Phoenix Wright games found equal success on two very different shores."