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As the New Year steams happily into view, we've happily preloaded the posting device with this set of links - some old, some new, all reasonably interesting, we hope - about the art and business of indie games, starting off with a piece from Denki about why bigger publishers don't explore indie funding more.

Also in this set of URLs - games being used in teaching, that neat Wired piece on Duke Nukem's tangled history, RPGsbebroke returns with some as ever priceless commentary, a Harvard journal looks at indie game pricing, and lots more besides.

Happy new year:

Small, Hip, Exclusive, Indie « Denki
'Put simply – why have major games publishers like EA, Activision, etc. not siphoned away a tiny percentage of money, to find, fund and publish new indie games?' Not enough money, thus far... but hey.

JOLT Digest » Digest Comment – Independent Game Developers on the Xbox 360 and iPhone: How Lawyers Can Save Them | Harvard Journal of Law & Technology
Interesting piece on indie game pricing, law issues on a Harvard-affiliated site.

Learn to Let Go: How Success Killed Duke Nukem | Magazine
Awesome longform Wired piece on 3D Realms and THAT saga...

Best New Blogs of 2009 — The Bygone Bureau
It does have Andy Baio rhapsodizing over the sadly (mainly) departed Offworld, but I thought this list was nice because hey, it has some NON-game related blogs you should care about. So care!

Interview with Tale of Tales « Play as Life
Always good interviews.

RPGs be broke, think indie gaming is over
The return of the prodigal: 'would u rather have: fl0wer 2 or ff7 remake? i think u know what id pick lol!'

The Potential of Gaming in the Classroom from 1UP.com
'After learning what videogames could do for a classroom full of students, I soon found myself responsible for both designing and teaching a college composition course over the next three semesters. I knew then what I had to do.'