[GameSetLinks is GameSetWatch's semi-regular 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 as the holiday season wanders onward, here's a few new links for your delight and browsing pleasure, including - as a starting points - some good work by Retro Gamer in recapping the history of Crash, a seminal early UK game magazine.

Also in this set of links - ten years of Penny Arcade, Kim Swift looks back on pre-Portal student title Narbacular Drop, an interview with Christian gaming veterans, some NES game covers you might not have seen before, and various other bits of neatness.

Good good:

25 Years of Crash | Official Retro Gamer Blog
The classic UK ZX Spectrum magazine gets interviews, video excerpts - the full thing is in the Retro Gamer mag, but this on its own is great history. (Via Driph.)

Crispy Gamer | Intern for a Day, Vol. 3: Ready at Dawn
'Can Jones get hired by the team behind God of War: Chains of Olympus?' I do think more of these slightly gonzo antics would be nice, in game writing.

Critical Distance | Ten Years of Penny Arcade
Nice, link-filled retrospective on the game culture mavens.

Narbacular Drop Interview | PC | Eurogamer
Totally cute Kim Swift interview from John Walker - more fripperies like this, plz.

The Bottom Feeder: Why the People on Your Side are Always Ripping You Off.
Spiderweb's Jeff Vogel on why you have to pay people to do things in games - v.funny.

Paul McCauley - Genesis Works - Interview - Adventure Classic Gaming
'Heaven is the first adventure game project from Genesis Works and is a literal adaption of Heaven as described in the Bible.'

1UP's Retro Gaming Blog : Lost Levels: The Hidden Gallery of NES Secrets
Frank Cifaldi is showcasing his awesome preservation work on 1UP - bravo to all concerned.