Time to spool out the ol' GameSetLinks again, headed by Eurogamer covering Xbox Live Community Games - and I'm delighted to see obvious mainstream coverage of this particularly difficult to navigate part of the New Xbox Experience. This is why recommendations are increasingly important, folks.

Also hanging out in here - the cute Castlevania: Order Of Ecclesia comics translated (pictured), NVScene lecture videos available, a digital version of MCV debuts, some fun Taito recommendations, and more besides.

Cha cha cha:

Xbox Live Community Games Roundup Article // Xbox 360 /// Eurogamer
Really nice to see mainstream media covering these so adroitly, since there's certainly a lot to wade through.

demoscene.us - NVScene seminar videos available
Some excellent technical talks from the Nvidia-sponsored U.S. demo scene event are now available in video form.

8bitrocket:Atari Nerd Interviews The First Mainstream Game Journalist - Michael Schrage Of Rolling Stone
A great informal interview with a super-early mainstream game journo, with quotes like this, among other things: 'it's like sushi; japanese video games were an acquired taste but they transformed how americans both played and designed them...'

Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii vie for Christmas salesXbox 360, PS3 and Wii vie for Christmas sales - Telegraph
No, not VGChartz :/ As I've explained at length, reputable news sources should not be using them as a lead stat.

Translation of Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia 4koma at WELCOME TO THE DREAM OF FUTURE
Some very odd/cute official comics for the latest Castlevania DS fanservice, translated by (former?) GSW cartoonist Persona.

MCV Issue 515, November 28th 2008
UK game biz trade magazine MCV now has a free digital version for the first time, and it's fun to look through to understand the still independent-friendly - though, one would imagine, increasingly less so - world of UK games retail.

The Reticule » Blog Archive » Cliff Harris Interview
This interview with the Kudos/Democracy indie game maker has some interesting opinions on using portals for distribution: 'You MUST have some direct sales. By all means have some portals as part of your game plan, but all developers attract some gamers who just happen to really share their tastes, and these people WANT to buy direct from you.'

1UP: 'EGM Extras: The Essential Taito'
It's nice to see video game history well-documented in pieces like this - particularly when the Taito Legends/Memories packs have a number of these games easily playable legally on consoles, which is wonderful.