[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.]

Continuing the GameSetLinks goodness on a fine Tuesday evening in late spring, this set of links includes odd stats on online games, news gaming discussed on CNet, Black Company Studios on digital download sighing, Super Nintendo review neatness, and more.

Oh, and while I'm here, PixelVixen707's Rachael Webster mailed, and - as you might expect - there's some oddness going down:

"My dad... made a bet with me a couple weeks ago that we could track down the first video game I ever played: a Mr. Do! coin-op that was in a Sacramento roast beef place in 1987. We're not looking for a copy; we're trying to find the exact same machine."

She's found something in LA, and... I'm guessing this is going somewhere. You work it out - I'm too stupid. And with that, onward to the links:

1UP's Retro Gaming Blog : Heart on Fire: Key Moments in the 16-Bit Era - #16
More great analysis on the nooks and crannies of the SNES era.

Alphabetical SNES game reviews, but written... really interestingly! Lots of fun.

Broken Toys » Second Life Played More Than World Of Warcraft… No! Really! Sex May Be Involved. Oh Wait, We’ll Take Care Of That.
Confusing double subject post, but boy, those Nielsen stats are bunkum.

The Brainy Gamer: The sports game ghetto
'Why don't we talk about sports games? Why do we assume they fall outside the domain of game criticism? Why have we relegated them to the game ghetto inhabited by the latest iterations of DDR, Yu-Gi-Oh! and Barbie?'

Black Company Studios » Blog Archive » Bad Digital Distribution Stores Make Kitties Cry
'I think there’s still a large place for brick-and-mortar game shops, and they’re certainly not going away any time soon. But I think a large part of the continuing need for retailers is down to the failings of the various digital providers.'

'News games' put public in charge of hot topics | Geek Gestalt - CNET News
'Doherty's Fubra bought Sock and Awe from its original creator on eBay for more than $8,000, but said ads on the game earned the money back in just 48 hours.' Maybe super gimmicky news games are better for raw page views than traditional playable titles, despite gameplay iffiness?