[GameSetLinks is GameSetWatch's daily 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.]

Hurray, time for another set of delicious GameSetLinks, headed out by the London Review of Books talking about, uhm, video games, in case you haven't seen it - always worth seeing what those august organs make of our burgeoning little culture cactus, I reckon.

Also in here, links out to the (pictured, lunatic) Brainpipe, Simon Waldman on the new digital world, Momus on gaming, Alex Litel on, uh, pie, and a brief ramble about the new Banjo-Kazooie game from myself.

Get to the chorus:

London Reviews Of Books · John Lanchester: Is it Art?
One of these ponderous, New Yorker-style stabs at games as a medium, which nonetheless signifies a lot because the journal in question cares enough to try. Would benefit from more art-game knowledge, though, I suspect. Via Infovore.

December 2008 Indie game Round-Up by Game Tunnel
Aha: 'The 10 games reviewed for December include Soldak's Kivi's Underworld, New Star Soccer 4 from New Star Games and Zompocalypse from Toadtrip.' Neat stuff, as per usual.

The incumbent’s solution: 90% transformation, 10% innovation « Digital disruption
The Guardian's Simon Waldman on how bricks and mortar companies need to innovate subtly to get anywhere digitally. Also pretty relevant to the games business, abstractly.

click opera - Will the games boom birth a new art form?
Momus proves in the comments that he's not up with recent gaming, but nonetheless, interesting: 'Now that computer games are bringing in more income than films and music combined, there's sure to be a rush of talented, ambitious and original people into the medium (along with the moral panics that help make their names).' Via Xian, redux.

Alex Litel's Lackluster Emporium: What happens when you take a Shawn Elliott blog post and change all game-related references to be about pie.
'Question 1: How much is on our minds before we begin eating any given pie for review purposes?' Silly man!

Game recommendation: Rare's Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts for Xbox 360
I can't tell you how odd but intriguing Rare's games have been recently - much like Viva Pinata, this ostensibly kid-oriented title has lots of genuinely interesting, perhaps more adult-suitable gameplay complexity in it (the vehicles) - oh, and it's kinda droll and self-mocking to boot. Worth picking up after the inevitable price drop, perhaps?

Official site: 'BRAINPIPE: A Plunge to Unhumanity'
As I've broadcasted elsewhere, Digital Eel's new psychedelic insanity title, as entered in the IGF, has launched - looks a bit Minter-esque, doesn't it?

The Offworld 20: 2008's Best Indie and Overlooked - Offworld
Nowadays, it's surprising how many lists don't have Metal Gear Solid 4 on them (poor Hideo!), but this is a great round-up of the indie-r, shorter-play stuff out there.