[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.]

As GDC Austin is about to get underway, time to ratchet up the GameSetLinks, starting out with a piece about FarmVille from an outside the game biz -- but notably eloquent and interesting -- perspective. (Hey, 11+ million people can't be wrong... can they?)

Also in here - some more talk on the Experimental Gameplay Project, an interesting discussion on Red Faction: Guerrilla, that intriguing UK Channel 4 education game funding project explored, a notable long-form piece from Daniel Cook which he'll be further exploring at GDCA this week, I think... and rather more besides.

One little chance:

When Falls the Coliseum » Stone age memes: The computer in my underpants
'FarmVille reminds me of the old days where you stood around the water cooler on Monday morning talking about what happened on Bonanza the night before night.'

Lost Garden: Flash Love Letter (2009) Part 2
Continuing to be super-smart, super-important.

Indie | Experimental Gameplay Project: Bare Minimum | Resolution Magazine
More interviews with the folks around EGP.

Rhizome | Interview with Grace Kook Anderson
'Through October 4, the Laguna Art Museum in Laguna Beach is presenting “WoW: Emergent Media Phenomenon”, an exhibition that considers the fantasy environment of the massively multiplayer online role-playing game World of Warcraft and its broader cultural impact.'

Red Faction: Guerrilla - Proceduralizing Terror? - News Games: Georgia Tech Journalism & Games Project
Interesting - I've heard that RF:G devs in no way were going for political allegories, I guess this suggests it's... unconscious/cultural?

In profile: The Channel 4 indies | Game development | Features by Develop
Interesting UK public broadcasting experiment with games, helmed by Wonderland Blog's Alice, that has something to do with the fight for license fee money in the UK right now. It's complicated, politics wise, but I like the results!!