-Woo, some final GameSetLinks for the weekend, and in here is the excellent return of 'A Vampyre's Story' - which has been hanging around in development for at least a couple of years now, and it's great to see will finally get a release later this year.

Also there - Richard Jacques stars in the Summer Of Sonic, blimey, as well as crazy Cactus unfinished game videos, the RPS' Japanese correspondent on PC gaming out there, and an incredi-explicit indie title, plus much more.

Oh, and before we go into the links, wanted to mention that Nvidia's Temis Nunez pinged me to remind about NVScene 08, and as a oldskool demo-scene guy (1988-1996 in Jetset, Axis, Valhalla, Kosmic on Amiga and PC, among others), I wanted to make sure all Bay Area geeks knew about it. As the site/Temis explains (and yes, this is in some ways promotional for Nvidia, but much more interesting than that):

"Arranged in strong cooperation with Scene.org and the Breakpoint demo party, NVScene (demo reel)... is held in San Jose, California from the 25th to the 27th of August. In addition to an... international demo competition in both Demo (Presented by HP) and 4K Intro (Presented by EA's Spore) categories on our huge screen and sound system, there will be a very strong lineup of seminar speakers, featuring Navis/ASD, Bonzaj/Plastic, Chaos/Farbrausch, IQ/RGBA, Mentor/TBC, Preacher/Traction and Pixtur/Still."

And a Spore talk with Chris Hecker and Dan Moskowitz of Maxis, actually, all as part of the bigger Nvision event which has game-related technical talks, a LAN party, etc. Anyhow, I'm planning to go for at least a while, so expect some GSW reports on it. On to the links:

SturmMod Mod for Far Cry Performance image - Mod DB
Far Cry mod which "...provides an environment in which the places and actions described by William Shakespeare in his play "The Tempest" can be visited, explored, experienced and reflected by the player." Nice!

Games Media Awards finalists revealed | Gaming Industry | News by MCV
UK-only, interesting/wacky stuff - naturally, Rev. Campbell turns up in comments to ask why Edge journos are named when the magazine is anonymously credited - interesting point.

Ascaron - Press Release: A Vampyre's Story to Be Told on Halloween 2008 - GamersHell.com
This LucasArts alumni graphic adventure is fiiinally getting a release, yay.

IndieGames.com - The Weblog - Preview: Unfinished Projects (cactus)
Cactus. Blows. My. Mind.

Siliconera » Interview with Yuan-Hsi Chiang: Developer of the World’s Next Dreamcast Game
These guys were IGF Mobile finalists with the GP2X handheld version - they certainly do love obscure systems!

Tokyo PC: Pasokon Gemu! | Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Oo, good English-language reporting on the Japanese PC scene, a rarity.

Sega Nerds: 'Summer of Sonic: Live performances'
Keep hands at chest height or above, Zorg.

T=Machine » 2008 List of MMO Publishers
'I recently needed a reference-list of world-wide MMO publishers … and I couldn’t find anyone who was maintaining a list of them.' Useful!

The Independent Gaming Source: 'This Entire Post Is Inappropriate And NSFW'
This is mindblowingly odd and explicit, game-wise - from some indie semi-stars, too.

Versus CluClu Land: Minigolf with a Story
'Video games are no more a narrative medium than minigolf; their basic contours are defined by the demands of play, not storytelling.'