- Wandering into Memorial Day in the States, this is a particularly random trawl through GameSetLinks, since a lot of them are from my non-game RSS feeds - but just happen to be game-related anyhow.

Nonetheless, neat things in here include first confirmation of a new Chronicle Books tome about LucasArts, as well as some B3ta image shenanigans and smart commentary by Chris Kohler on the XBLA changes announced this week.

Get ready for speed:

¤ Super Mario Brothers as Hunter S. Thompson - PixelGen ¤
Two of my favorite tastes (pictured!) - via Wil Wheaton.

Igor.com on naming EA Sports Freestyle
Yep, there are professional naming agencies, which is pretty interesting.

Charlie Brooker on reviewing videogames | Comment is free | The Guardian
Calling the profession a 'curate's egg' is cute - via Dan Hon.

Cartoon Brew: Leading the Animation Conversation » Upcoming Chronicle Books
'Rogue Leaders: The Story of LucasArts by Rob Smith is the first history of Lucas’s videogame division.' Nice!

Cartoon Brew: Leading the Animation Conversation » Nina Paley Talks Sita
Format problems with movies like this echo some of the console/PC format problems, I claim.

Wired: 'Meet Hiroyuki Nishimura, the Bad Boy of the Japanese Internet'
Not strictly game related, but a fascinating piece on the 2ch founder - and God knows 2ch, like SomethingAwful, have strayed into game-related shenanigans from time to time.

b3ta.com board: 'He finally got a break...'
b3ta takes on Frogger!

b3ta.com board: 'And now, live from Wimbledon, the interactive Pong championships 2008'
Looks like B3ta had a video game week!

Kotaku: 'Vc Update: G4, Gamespy, Gamestats Reporting Imaginary VC Soul Blazer'
Woooops, more posting before checking.

Microsoft: Don't Cut Off the Long Tail | Game | Life from Wired.com
Excellent Kohler editorial - he's the best mainstream commentator on digital download matters right now.