Have been wandering quite happily around Las Vegas today - and it's interesting that more than the obvious gambling rigmarole, the standard of restaurants is particularly high, even for plebs such as ourselves. This is thanks to downhome but upscale eateries like Hubert Keller's 'Burger Bar' and Tom Colicchio's 'Wichcraft'.

But this has nothing to do with games, no matter how hard I try to make it (though I will be going to Sega GameWorks later, arcade fans!), so let's just get on with the GameSetLinkDump, and presume the restaurant analysis is not something we will be covering heavily, going forward:

The Independent Gaming Source: 'This Is A Cry For Help'
'Edmund McMillen (Gish, Tri-achnid, etc, [pictured].) has just released a CD containing his life’s work – 10 years of uninhibited artistic creation, including games, comics, and art.'

An odd Japanese Shiren the Wanderer DS 2... - Tiny Cartridge
'While the U.S. is making history by electing its first black president, Japan is doing the same by featuring Jero, its first black “enka” singer, in promotions for, uh, a remake of a Game Boy roguelike that never left the country.'

1UP's 10 Favorite User-Generated Little Big Planet Levels (So Far)
'Although the game still offers plenty of rewarding offline content (a full Story mode to venture through along with the game's robust, open-ended level-editing tools), LBP's true magic lies in its global exchange of its users' creativity.'

Various Megaman unused sprites | Unseen 64: Beta, Unreleased & Unseen Videogames!
'The people at Sprites INC. ripped some sprites from the Megaman series and found some nice unused stuff in there! '

Ars Technica: Genesis of success: 20 years of Sega's dark horse console: Page 1
Former GSW columnist Benj Edwards continues to do excellent histories for a variety of outlets.

Wakeup Throwing Since 1994: Street Fighter Lessons: Throw Range
'Each lesson will briefly explain one particular element or nuance from the classic fighting game series Street Fighter and then explain how implementing that element into a 3D action-adventure game may improve the overall fun and feel of the player character.'

Gamer's Radical Realization: I Prefer Playing With Myself
'The reason we single-player fans love world-games like Fable II is precisely because there are no other "real" people around.'

IGN: Once Upon Atari
Howard Scott Warshaw's documentary available via IGN Retro - via Driph.

A Tree Falling in the Forest: Eurogamer has Multiple Personality Disorder: Sybil Edition
'C'mon publishers, wake up and realize this guy's words are of no value. There is no correlation between metacritic scores and sales.'

Chinese "facebook" friends hooked on games
Wow, Facebook app Parking Wars got ripped off (?) for a now-popular Chinese social networking site? Wonder what AreaCode think of that!