-The GameSetLinks are once more upon us, compiling some of the most interesting game-related links from the 600+ RSS feeds we hit up here at GameSetWatch - no soggy, reconstituted URLs here.

Some of the highlights here - South American Sega Genesis-related fun (thanks to co-worker Brandon @ IC for the above image!), the return of the Blip Festival, some awesome estimated sales numbers for Castle Crashers, the PAX 10 super-overview, and plenty more.

Yee haw haw:

Blip Festival 2008
Confirmed! New York! Do not miss! 'The Blip Festival takes place DECEMBER 4—7, 2008 at [EDIT: The Bell House!], and is presented by Manhattan art organization THE TANK and NYC artist collective 8BITPEOPLES.'

Xbox Live Arcade Sales - 09/06/08 | VG Chartz.com
'Most other games (again, possibly due to the lag) saw large drops from last week. This could also be due to Castle Crashers dominance in sales, as it grossed over $1.3m in 7 days - a very large share of the entire week of sales.'

1UP: Top 5 Cringe-Inducing Videogame Raps
Shaaaarkey!

IEEE Spectrum: Engineering Spore
David Kushner's piece for the geeky coding magazine.

Siliconera » Sound Current: The PAX 10
Good round-up of the PAX-picked indie games.

Loot Theory: The Tale of the Donkey and the Carrot « High Dynamic Range Lying
'Not all games need loot, but it’s not secret that it is what keeps many players motivated to play any game longer than initially intended.'

Some Kill Giants: The Lagos Gaming Scene
'I realise that I haven't really gone into what the gaming scene is like in Nigeria at all.'

Terra Nova: Who plays, how much, and why? Answers.
'SOE has let us access the full data logs generated and collected by the world Everquest II.' With v.interesting results.

insertcredit.com: 'Four "new" EA games on Genesis/Mega Drive'
Oh, those wacky Brazilians.

Jeff's 1UP Blog: Ripples
'But, hey: Let's not get too maudlin here. I'm not dead. This is not my wake.'