Good Lord, it's time for a little more GameSetLinkDump-age, headed by the UK Guardian discussing game addiction as an alternative to facing up to bad realities - a strangely needed personal perspective on gaming and feelings, something that maybe isn't done enough.

Also hanging out in here - the sad disappearance of WizKid Games, a version of Shadowrun (pictured) that you might not have seen before, the rise of doujin, something about Second Life that almost makes sense to me, and lots more.

Yee haw:

Naomi Alderman: Computer games are good for you | Technology |
On post 9/11 trauma and Diablo: 'I remember surfacing from four-hour Diablo II sessions feeling as if I'd been on holiday, so grateful that I'd been able to blot out the images of genuine horror filling my city.'

WizKids Games shuttered by Topps
"We feel it is necessary to align our efforts more closely with Topps' current sports and entertainment offerings which are being developed within our New York office.” What a shame - a genuinely interesting tabletop gaming company closed.

Shadowrun Xbox prototype info
Completely different from the shipped one: 'After shipping Crimson Skies HRTR, the FASA Management team asked me to art direct their next title, Shadowrun. They wanted a new Shadowrun, one that was real in the way Peter Jackson made the "Lord of the Rings" universe real.' Via Superannuation.

ARGNet: I Swear, I'm Not Claiming All Girl Gamers are Fake: Personal Effects Goes Live
Following up on the story I broke-ish recently - apparently, a couple of other bloggers had worked it out, but hey, I had the first/loudest mouth.

game girl advance: The Futures of Entertainment
Heartily agree with both 3 and 4.

Confessions of an Aca/Fan: Changing the Game: An Interview on Games and Business with David Edery and Ethan Mollick (Part Two)
Good two-part chat with the business game book folks.

Canned Dogs » Blog Archive » Otaku market size 2007
Rise of indie in Japan, too? 'Also at the same time, the doujinshi market is still growing as more become aware of doujin events such as comic market, increasing the number of casual fans.'

Second Life Users Furious Over Barely Understandable Controversy « Broken Toys
Nice disclaimer, and a good explanation of the ever odd, insular SL world.

Sex Games | Moving Pixels | PopMatters
Discussing a game I hadn't heard of called... BoneTown?

Crayon Physics Deluxe - the official website
2008's IGF Grand Prize winner now available for PC pre-order. Do it.