[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.]

Well, still catching up on GameSetLinks, and I think these are the final set of links I harvested in 2009 - and a bumper set, too, since you may be almost fed up with last year's best-ofs, even if folks like Tiny Cartridge do it differently and more awesomely than a lot of those pedestrian countdowns.

Also in here - Rock Band Network news, some well-justified love for Wii Sports Resort, news and community games, the Nintendo Fun Club newsletters dissected, a game company layoff chronicle for last year, and rather more things besides.

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Tiny Cartridge's favorite tiny cartridges of '09 - Tiny Cartridge
One of my favorite sites [DISCLAIMER: Eric co-runs it and co-edits GSW] with a good line-up of the best DS games of the year.

Psychochild’s Blog » Game development according to Cypress Hill
A cute idea.

2009 Job Losses and Studio Closures | indievision
A well-compiled, if depressing list.

Ten Indie Games you SHOULD play » sugarfreegamer.com
Another list, but an interestingly alternative one - semi-via RPS.

The Shins, Ministry, Evanescence Coming to RBN | Plastic Axe | m/
Have I mentioned that I'm excited about Rock Band Network?

Play This Thing! | The Year In Indie
Some more indie game picks, and therefore eminently worth linking.

Phantom Leap: My GOTY: Wii Sports Resort
'I just want to have some relaxing and rejuvenating fun in front of the TV with friends and family. In this way, I can honestly say that Wii Sports and its sequel have enriched my life.' Agreed.

Local Community Games: Picture the Impossible - News Games: Georgia Tech Journalism & Games Project
Another neat piece on news and community gaming.

Videogame Verse Becomes a Book | Game Culture
Hey, more game poetry, of which there still have been a lot - though recall Seth Barkan's stuff a few years back...

1UP's Retro Gaming Blog : The Paper Trail: Nintendo Fun Club News (Part 1)
Another great piece of Cifaldi-authored history.