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Yoshiki Okamoto Explains What's Up With Game Republic: News from 1UP.com
Fun, and ultra ultra-freeform Mielke interview, but I have to say that Okamoto comes off a bit creepy re: PR person-harassing, doesn't he?

2008 Top 10 Games of the Year by Game Tunnel
Aha, the ultimate countdown - congrats to World Of Goop, heh - also, lots more good countdowns in sometimes neglected genres at the bottom of the list.

A Tree Falling in the Forest: Microsoft is Cable: Part Three Edition
'There is no question Microsoft is the hands down leader in set top boxes, they just haven't told anyone yet.' Keith Boesky out on a limb again, heh.

Video Game Holiday Card Roundup from 1UP.com
Didn't get round to doing it this year, so glad to see 1UP did - as did Joystiq.

insertcredit.com: 'Gackt's latest game: Bounty Killer'
Further evidence of GDMag EIC Brandon Sheffield's return to glorious Insert Credit posting, this is as Sheffield-ian as it gets - a link-packed Gackt pachislot machine analysis!

Denki Top 100 // Press Release
Boy, Go! Go! Beckham (and upcoming XBLA title Quarrel) creators Denki are sure doing some silly press releases nowadays. Love it.