[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.]

Actually, I'm struggling to get back on the GameSetLinks horse after a long weekend away (Yosemite National Park, not Comic-Con, oddly!), but luckily, there's a brace of decent links and great stories that I spontaneously bookmarked last week to pass along.

Again, these are reasonably eclectic, but what I think they show - yet again - is that, despite a tendency for a glass half-empty attitude from some, there's a heck of a lot of good video game writing out there. I hope to continue to bring it to you, or at least highlight those pieces that you might not otherwise blast out from the bedrock of Internet words. Or something.

Go go go:

Crispy Gamer | @TopHatProfessor Layton and the Curious Twitter Accounts
V.nice recounting of a cool fan-created Layton Twitter thing that a lot of people thought was Nintendo-run.

The Making Of: Repton | Edge Online
Wow, super-obscure UK gem's retrospective.

Epic's Mark Rein Interview - Page 1 // Xbox 360 /// Eurogamer
A lot of people on the Internets are digging this - as they should, because there are far too few lighthearted, humorous interviews about games. For whatever reason. Tres bon!

An Evening With Uematsu, Final Fantasy’s Music Man | GameLife | Wired.com
A really nicely written piece about Uematsu's recent San Francisco concert, which I actually saw very little coverage of in the game press. Bravo, Mr. Kohler.

Retro/Grade Coming to PS3! – PlayStation.Blog
Nice, another Independent Games Festival finalist gets a high-profile console berth, congrats to Matt Gilgenbach and friends.

GamesIndustry.com - Newzoo International | Home
Whoa, I know Dutch firm Newzoo, but I didn't know that they bought GamesIndustry.com and are spooling it up as a 'paid listings'-centric competitor to sites like, uhh, GamesIndustry.biz. Poor GI folks!

Crispy Gamer | Social Games: The Industry's New Wild West
Good piece by Goodfellow.