[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.]

With GDC coming up early next month and DICE next week, there's a whole heap of busy out there, but we're going to keep up with the periodic GameSetLinks, since there's a lot of really cool content out there on the Internets that not enough people get to see, sometimes.

This time, some of the highlights include an in-depth look at all-time ZX Spectrum classic Manic Miner, a discussion on history and The Beatles: Rock Band, an interview with the still awesomely monikered Michael Michael at one of my favorite cult developers, PomPom, and rather more things besides.

Go go go:

The Making Of Manic Miner | NowGamer
'Matthew Smith talks us through every level of his classic platformer.' BLISS. Esp. for VVVVVV fans, heh.

Action Button Dot Net: Tim Rogers reviews FFXIII
Yes, there is a 'short version' of this review.

Indie | Artistic Vision | Resolution Magazine
'The EGP has again shown what developers can do when given a theme and just seven days to work on a game.'

RevisioNESt History: Comparing Made-Up Mythology in Retro-Style Games from 1UP.com
'Is making games purposefully simple and arguably ugly a piece of cake? Not if you want to properly represent their forebears.'

Hotmilkydrink: Cod liver oil and effective learning...
'How can parents make sense of games and how they can be used for good with their children when we are faced with the continual construction of them as modern day folk devils?'

Experience Points: I'm Looking Through You
Regarding The Beatles: Rock Band: 'As I play the game, I grow continually more interested in the narrative and its relationship to historical events. More than once, I found myself thinking of one of my favorite films, which also deals with the line between truth and myth: The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance.'

PomPom Games' Michael Michael Interview | Eurogamer
Super-rare interview with the talented UK shooter creators, personal indie heroes of mine.