[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 a fun - if slightly ancient - trawl through some of the best video game-related links we've seen in recent times, we start out with an old standby - a big list of neat free games, courtesy 1UP, and it even includes a number of titles that we haven't had a chance to check out.

Also in here somewhere - classic games of 20 years ago in pictorial form, a paean to the Nintendo DS, a look at whether indie games are dead, Frank Lantz on art and games, Tim Rogers wanders along to his own happy place, and more besides.

It was a swan:

101 Free Games 2010: The Best Free Games on the Web from 1UP.com
Another excellent annual list from 1UP and the Sharkey.

can videogames make us happy? - tim rogers - Kotaku
Dunno, but articles as silly as this can def. make us happy.

Interview: Frank Lantz | Edge Online
Nice chat from Art History Of Games conf.

Is Indie Dead? :: Culture :: Features :: Paste
An amazing cover article from Paste Magazine about indie music which has some serious relevance to indie games too - I think in the next couple of years, they will be here too.

IGF 2010 finalists overview at Big Download Blog
Finished up all the finalist overviews, they have, and some really nice write-ups are to be had.

1UP's Retro Gaming Blog : Advertisement Gallery: The Games of January, 1990
'The following is a gallery I put together of magazine advertisements showcasing games released in the United States in January of 1990 which, for a few more hours anyway, is exactly twenty years ago.'

Retrospective: Listen, We Have to Talk Article | Retro | Eurogamer
Some of the best writing in the world is on Eurogamer recently: 'DS, we have to talk. I'm sorry that I'm doing this in a letter rather than face to face, but I need to express all my thoughts and feelings carefully. I need to make sure you understand.'