- Uhoh, due to a nasty-ish cold I'm only just getting over, I've let these links stew in my 'to be posted' pile for a little bit too long! So I'm going to unleash them on the public now, before it's too late:

- Zen Of Design mentions a Tyra Banks daytime talk show about World Of Warcraft, with the priceless rejoinder to the vid link: "The guy’s look in the second video, as Tyra is shredding his WoW disks, is priceless. It says, “These idiots don’t realize that I don’t need the disks anymore after install."

- SelectButton has a really nice post about La Mulana, the Japanese freeware platformer which just got an English translation, and it sounds neeto: "La-Mulana is a freeware free-roaming platformer game designed to look, sound, and play like a classic MSX game. It's heavily influenced by the classic Konami MSX game "The Maze of Galious" and anyone who has played that title will probably recognize the similarities very quickly. You play the whip-wielding Indiana Jones-esque archaeologist Lemeza Kosugi as he investigates the ancient ruins of La-Mulana in an attempt to find its treasure and one-up his father, who is trying to get the same treasure as well."

- A nice Eurogamer piece from last week or so - an interview with Eric Chahi about Another World: 15th Anniversary Edition, in which he shows he's very, err, French: "Heart of Darkness had been a difficult development and I was exhausted after six years of development. So after this I decided to truly take some rest. I've been traveling for a while. Then I'll go back to creation, but I preferred to express myself in other fields than computer games, such as abstract painting, volcano photography, sound synthesis programming."

- Yesh, everyone else has seen this now, but this was cool when I originally forgot to link it - Brandon points out "...an ascii art platformer, done in flash with Megaman sounds. It's called Jineseiowata no Daibouken, or 'life-ending adventure,' and it's absolutely brilliant in the ways it plays with platform game conventions, especially the oldschool ones."

- Something I thought was worth noting about this recent Japanmanship post on handhelds in the wild in Japan: "Another new time-waster is DS/PSP observing; I count about 5 or 6 DSs a day in the wild. Aqua Blue seems to be the most popular colour. I have only seen one original, bulky DS recently, played by a sour-looking schoolboy... The types of people I spot with a DS is heartwarmingly varied; from school kids to young and middle-aged women to young and old salarymen... In sharp contrast I only ever see about 2 PSPs a week. Usually the white version, for some reason, and more often than not it’s being used to watch video rather than play games."

- Finally, I just about spit out my cola over this Shoot The Core photoshoot of nrrd grrls wearing Shoot The Core T-shirts, firstly because it's so endearingly amateur, and secondly because one of them is reading Gaming Hacks, the book I wrote/edited for O'Reilly, and for which STC's Posty contributed a hack about shmups. As Posty says, the shirt is called "STC Invader, and features some old friends getting a visit from out of the ordinary - a horizontal attack!" More girls posing with Cave shooter boxes, plz!