[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.]

Having just completed the first GameSetLinks trawl in a couple of weeks (don't ask how long it takes - lots of hours!), I handed over a few neat visual links to Eric, and now have another 35 misc. links of gaming goodness to parcel out.

Some of them you may have seen before - this set is some of the more obvious ones - but they are still well worth checking out as we head into the holiday season, from Brandon Boyer's spot on alt.game picks to the Slate end-of-year game retrospective pieces.

More value:

The Boing Boing 20, pt. 2: the best indie and iPhone games of 2009 Boing Boing
Another excellent list from Mr. Boyer.

Gamasutraが選ぶ「2009年 見過ごされたゲームTOP10」 - Game*Spark
Cool, Inside Games in Japan picked up our list of under-rated games and added videos.

Slate's year-end gaming club. (1) - By Leigh Alexander, Jamin Brophy-Warren, Mitch Krpata, and Chris Suellentrop - Slate Magazine
Yep, this thing, with our own Leigh and some other neat folks, in multiple parts.

Charlie Brooker: why I love video games | Technology | The Guardian
He came from game writing, and Brooker, normally curmudgeonly, is evangelizing it again. In a curmudgeonly fashion. Hurray.

Media: A world of hits | The Economist
Fascinating long-form piece on the world getting more hit-driven, at least in some areas: 'Although small films can do astonishingly well (the latest is “Paranormal Activity”, a cheap thriller that has sold more than $100m-worth of cinema tickets in America alone), they do not do so at all dependably.'

The Boing Boing 20, pt. 1: the best console and handheld games of 2009 - Boing Boing
Even if Offworld is semi-no more, this list is good juju from Mr. Boyer.

No Comment | Edge Online
Cute piece from Hello Games on how your game gets discussed on forums.