[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.]

Clonking on with the GameSetLinks RSS goodness, in between the fluffed-out marvels of Eric Caoili's daily posts (now _this_ is what I thought GSW would be, before I got too damn busy), this one is headlined by a Segalicious NowGamer, the new UK site that aggregates good writing from GamesTM and RetroGamer, among others.

Also in here - text adventures in multifarious shapes and sizes, as well as the Preservation SIG's whitepaper and Tim Schafer in ever ebullient form, huzzah.

Up for the...:

The Making of NiGHTS | NowGamer
The brand new NowGamer has a bunch of neat making-of articles up now from GamesTM and RetroGamer, among other mags.

The Reticule: What is ‘Indie’, Anyway?
Another interesting indie discussion, if ever confusing - but that's the fun of it.

Gelf Magazine: 'Blogging Journalism's Downfall'
In the future: 'A lot of people will be demi-journalists.'

selectbutton :: View topic - The Magic Word: A Definitive Interactive Fiction Compilation
Wow, an extremely impressive compilation: 'Now that I've revised it, this package is everything IF-related that anyone could possibly want, covering from 1966 through 2008.'

Wonderland: x48 gamecamp games - now playable
The Channel 4/Alice sponsored 48-hour XNA jam in the UK, on Darwin - v.cool stuff.

Tim Schafer Profile from 1UP.com
'If someone made a Saturday morning cartoon version of Schafer, and fused it with a cartoon version of Jack Black, it would be Riggs.'

Game Preservation SIG/White Paper/Before It's Too Late: A Digital Game Preservation White Paper - IGDAwiki
Newly debuted: '2008 White Paper answering the "Why should we preserve videogames?" for developers / studios, containing information on the "Why" as well as a little practical advice on "How" at the end.'

XYZZY Awards 2008 - IFWiki
The very best text adventures of the year.