- Hope all of your GSW fiends are having a pleasant weekend - as am I, thanks to a relaxing holiday atmosphere and a bountiful set of interesting GameSetLinks.

In here somewhere - a new mini-competition for the new N+ XBLA pack, custom Bangai-O DS levels from pro designers, new official Amiga emulation packs, Jeff Green's game journalism departure (aw!), geeked-out collector things, and much more.

Things to do:

N+ Level Pack Contesque: Part the Second | metablog
Another gigantic N+ XBLA level update coming, yay. I'm boycotting this competition because there's no level in this pack named after me this time, of course.

IGN: Bangai-O Spirits Elite Design Contest
'D3Publisher tapped select videogame industry luminaries and invited them to craft exclusive game levels using the level editing tools in D3Publisher's latest Nintendo DS system game, Bangai-O Spirits.' Neat idea.

...on pampers, programming & pitching manure: The OTHER consoles.
'I'm not suggesting that everyone run out and write games for the Leapster. I don't think the market's there to sustain that many titles. I do think, however, that we could all benefit from having slightly wider peripheral vision.'

News from the the other side: A PR person posts on Shoe's blog - Quarter To Three Forums
The QT3 folks are razorsharp, and many of them on both sides of the biz, thus this discussion is fascinating.

Hit Self-Destruct: Other Things
On Jeff Green's departure to EA's The Sims franchise - further illustration that consumer game journalism is collapsing as a career (but game writing is more vibrant than ever, oddly enough).

Cloanto Releases Amiga Forever 2008 "RP2"
Good to see from a preservation perspective: 'Cloanto released this week Amiga Forever 2008 "RP2", the latest version of the award-winning Amiga preservation, emulation and support suite for Windows and other platforms, and a first batch of 10 games in the new RP2 format.'

Xbox 360 defects: an inside history of Microsoft’s video game console woes » VentureBeat
Excellent longform Takahashi piece.

Kotaku: Why 7-Eleven Suddenly Loves Gamers
Bizarre, pre-ordering top games at your local convenience store?

YouTube - transparentjinjo's Videos
Some pretty interesting Rare prototypes here, including Sabreman Stampede for Xbox 360.

Sealed Sega Dreamcast dev 50 Blank GDROM HKD-06 - eBay (item 190248866984 end time Sep-08-08 20:08:30 PDT)
For all your, uhh, GD-ROM burning needs.