[GameSetLinks is GameSetWatch's daily link round-up post, culling from hundreds of weblogs and outlets to compile the most interesting longform writing, links, and criticism on the art and culture of video games.]

Yeeks, our whole GameSetLinks rigmarole seems to be getting a little more random still - with this set bouncing wildly between retro goodness, post-modern oddness, and insider biz workings.

But hey, if you don't like the look of a link, you don't have to click on it - and if you don't, you won't learn about exactly what the Atari Flashback 3 was all about, or alternatively the best stetson to wear to the office to cheer up your employees.

Don't say we didn't warn you:

BREAKING: NEW GAMES JOURNALISM DEAD AT AGE 27 « Hardcasual
This is silly. Yay.

A Tree Falling in the Forest: Game Marketing: The Proctologists are Doing Brain Surgery Edition
Another fascinating, wonky rant on the state of the game biz from dealmaker/game exec Keith Boesky.

Final Fight: Seven Sons [PS2 - Cancelled] | Unseen 64: Beta, Unreleased & Unseen Videogames!
Very interesting: 'FF: Seven Sons was a prototype for a new Final Fight game that was in development at Capcom Studio 8 before FF: Streetwise. In fact Streetwise was the second attempt for a Ps2 Final Fight. The original FF project for the PS2 was know as “Final Fight: Seven Sons”, but it was never released.'

The Making of… Prince of Persia | Edge Online
An always-nice Edge print mag making-of pops up on the online site, hurray.

RetroBlast! - An Interview with Curt Vendel
The scrapped Atari Flashback 3 sounds super awesome: '... a hand held 2600 compatible game system that would work exactly like an iPod/iTunes.'

Anthony Castoro’s Website » “In the Groove” vs. “In a Rut”
Heatwave's Anthony seems to be motivating his game developers using Michael Scott-like methods. Such as dressing up like a cowboy. Awesome.