[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.]

Ah yes, the sweet smell of GameSetLinks, this time featuring a couple of rather silly videos - including a compilation of Phoenix's (pictured) terrible PS2 titles, and that Japanese Mario live-action pastiche you might have seen in a few billion other places.

But there's more serious goodness, too, including Clive Thompson on Gears Of War 2, as well as an interview with Norihiko Hibino and a correctly silly 1UP.com feature about the imminent destruction of 1UP.com. Yay, Internet sarcasm.

Dee light ful:

Indulge your inner child with 'Crayon Physics' - Citizen Gamer- msnbc.com
Yet more mainstream coverage of Crayon Physics - awesome.

Top 5 Changes Coming to 1UP from 1UP.com
Subhead: 'Click for free money celebrity sex boobs.' Yes, Sharkey, yes!

Games Without Frontiers: Bad Story, Great Game -- How Mediocrity Gooses 'Gears of War 2'
Clive Thompson: 'Is it possible that a game with such elegantly designed action requires a half-assed story, so that the narrative doesn't trip up the flow?'

Gametrailers.com - Avoid This Logo by wiisixty
Someone's done a nice round-up of in-game video from the TERRIBLE Phoenix shovelware PS2 games you see a lot in Europe. White Van Racer ftw! Via MWegner.

Music 4 Games -- GDC preview interview with Norihiko Hibino (Metal Gear Solid composer)
Ahead of his GDC lecture, an interesting chat with the MGS and Ninja Blade composer...

YouTube - Live Action Super Mario from Japanese TV
Extreme silliness, you've seen it already, now watch it again. Via Waxy!

Techcrunch: Fox Interactive Media To Shut Down Flektor And SpringWidgets
Interesting because Flektor was/is the project of Jason Rubin and Andy Gavin, original Naughty Dog co-founders. From being bought for $20 million to being folded 18 months later - maybe we'll see them looking more at games again?