There's a pretty good article in the main section on "Principles of Good Game Design" with little interviews from Paul "Star Control and Arcon" Reiche III, Dave "Lemmings" Jones, Roberta "King's Quest" Williams, Richard "Ultima" Garriott, and Dan "M.U.L.E." Bunten.
I admit, this comic made me exhale in amusement:
Alright, on to the games! Game.
Triblox - Mark Neri
Sigh. I guess this year isn't shaping up much better than last.