Today's wrap of the best video game writing is an eclectic affair. We tread the Path; peel back the Façade; explore a ghost story; realise we're all Doomed; and act like a turtle. Enjoy.
Fullbright: Single-A Games 2K Marin designer Steve Gaynor ruminates on the midpoint between the triple-A blockbuster game and the lo-fi indie darling.
GameSetWatch: 'Homer In Silicon': Sub-Façade The always-excellent Emily Short examines the many ways in which a game's conversation system can be managed.
Rock, Paper, Shotgun: Touched By The Hand Of Mod: Dear Esther Brilliant piece on a very creepy Half-Life 2 mod I'd never heard of, but now very much want to play.
Gamasutra: Doomed to Invent Our Mistakes Designer Adam Saltsman on the lessons to be learned from replaying DOOM.
CrispyGamer: Turtle, Turtle, Turtle: RTSes for Basebodies Tom Chick lays down the golden rules for tower defence games.