'Twas the night after Christmas, and all through the GameSetLinks, there were a few things still stirring, in the way of random links. Oh dear, that really is poor.

But luckily the links aren't - and include the ihobo folks (in this case Chris Bateman) on casual games, Greg Costikyan's new MySpace social RPG thingie, the distinctly ignored Japanese horror oddness Theresia from Aksys on DS, and Steven Poole on 'cognitive panic' as a gameplay concept.

Hurray yay hurray:

ihobo: The Casual Players Aren't Coming to Your Party
'Here's the most important thing to understand about the mass market for videogames: these players – the ones who aren't even remotely interested in the kind of videogames the hobbyists want to play – have very specific tastes, and when something takes off with them it continues to sell, and sell, and sell.'

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Dynamix/GarageGames veteran Jeff Tunnell is right on the money here: 'I have advocated for years that I think making a game is much more like making music than making movies.'

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EA LA's Borut Pfeifer: 'Maybe if we work really hard, pacing those rewards and punishments as Randy suggests, we might slowly get over everyone’s impression that games are inevitably going to f*ck you over when it comes to your choices.'

Theresia (DS) - Games - Console, PC & Handheld Discussion - FiringSquad Forums
Spotted this in my local Fry's, here's a decent synopsis of the apparently gory DS horror adventure title which has gone completely under the radar in the States.

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Costikyan and Meretzky-designed MySpace/social network-based online RPG vampire thing.

Steven Poole: Don’t panic
An Edge Magazine column talking about 'cognitive panic' as a gameplay state, and asking: 'When we experience it in real life, on one of those days where everything goes wrong simultaneously and there seems to be a never-ending hail of demands on your attention, it’s not usually very welcome.'