- Having, once again, scoured 600+ RSS feeds to bring you interesting GameSetLinks to you don't have to do the legwork, here's the latest set - headed by Troy Goodfellow looking at the new AK Peters book from sometime Gamasutra contributor and serious video game historian Matt Barton.

Also wandering around in here - another look at the controversy regarding Guy Debord's 'Game Of War', David Edery on game difficulty, the very silly 'Escape From Konami' Flash game, reviewing, uhh, backpacking, and lots more.

La la la:

Crispy Gamer - Column: Print Screen: "Dungeons & Desktops" and Writing Gaming History
Troy Goodfellow longform book reviews Matt Barton's latest, to interesting effect.

China's National Art Museum Plays Host to Some Strange Games With Synthetic Times Exhibit | GameCulture
Art game attack!

1UP says Konami "made it clear we wouldn't be leaving until we signed" NDA (Now with "Escape from Konami" Flash game!) - Boing Boing Gadgets
This is... typically BoingBoing-esque. Make of that what you will. But I hadn't seen the 'Escape From Konami' Flash game, hee. Via Fidgit.

Game Tycoon» Blog Archive » Debating Difficulty
'A game can incorporate interesting (even gut-wrenching) consequences without being difficult, or it can be extremely difficult without consequence.'

Mystery on Fifth Avenue - NYTimes.com
Just in case you haven't seen this. You've seen this?

Why GTA IV Was the Beginning of the End - GigaOM
'I think it’s safe to say that the era of next-gen gaming as a driving force is over.' The Au we know is back, yay!

Insult Swordfighting: Backpacking: The Official Game
'My computer couldn't meet the minimum specs to run Crysis, but somehow, without any computer at all, I was treated to visuals that blew even Crytek's best away.' Been done before, but still fun.

Rhizome: 'Game(s) of War'
About the online version of Guy Debord's 'Game Of War' and subsequent rights weirdness - abstract artkwak that's nonetheless interesting.

New 'Sugar Rush' forums - Sleepywood.net MapleStory Forum
Aha, Klei Entertainment (Eets) and Nexon's new free to play PC game, looks very interesting indeed.

Richard Cobbett's Online Journal: 'Limbo of the Lost'
'There’s also the irony that despite the amateurish stuff and ripped graphics, the game’s really not that lazy'.