One Life Left's Podcast

It's a fairly open secret in the games 'industry' that One Life Left are the only King Makers worth dealing with. Mike Bithell's success is entirely down to us and console makers worldwide have a direct feed to the cupboard under Simon's stairs knowing that if their console ends up in there they can consider it to be finished. So we were pleased to welcome Laughing Jackal's Al Evans back to the studio to see how his game Flame Over has been doing, what new systems it might be moving across to and how we might best upset Rock Paper Shotgun on his behalf (to be honest we just needed the excuse).

Simon was using his programming skills to try to hack Sony in order to get an Anniversary PS4, Ann started to make a game, Ste worried about his new talk and we all got concerned that we had upset GameUnder in some way. We never want to upset GameUnder.

As usual Sega Badawi provided some Local News, but we had the welcome return of Derek Williams. We also spoke about our partners and family members (sorry partners and family members), made preparations for Eurovision, reflected on Martin Hollis and asked: is Super Smash Brothers any good?

All this and we didn't wear any plaid.

Cheerio!
Team OLL x

Links:
https://twitter.com/Laughing_jackal
https://twitter.com/ev4nac

Track list:
1. Richard H Bright - S101 (HMS Dreadnought)
http://chipmusic.org/richard+h.+bright/music/s101-hms-dreadnought
2. MilLS DJ - Comin' Home
http://chipmusic.org/mills+dj/music/mills-dj---comin-home

Direct download: OLL_18_05_2015.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 8:33 PM

It's not very often that all of Team OLL gets to meet up outside of the Resonance FM studio, so when we do you know it's going to be memorable. Except that Ste apparently forgot everything that happened at Ann's birthday party over the weekend. Listen to this week's show to hear him slowly piece together the unbelievable chain of events.

Oh, but we do meet together every Third Thursday of the month to do Marioke, and the main enabler of this was this week's SSSG. We had James from the Loading bar in to go through our yearly Marioke appraisal. He also talked about the development of the Loading Bar, his favourite cocktail and made a request for a new Marioke song (that might have already been written between the show going out and this podcast being uploaded).

Sega Badawi was the only contributor this week so we had to rely on Simon telling us how he single handedly got Nintendo back into profit, Ste telling us about how KP will single handedly bring England cricket back to the top and Ann telling us what makes a cake not a cake. The answer to the latter point is when it's a jar, obv.

Cheerio!
Team OLL x

Tracklist
1. 0b111 - Hallucinogenix
http://chipmusic.org/0b111/music/hallucinogenix
2. Sparky Rogers - Sound Inferno
http://chipmusic.org/sparkyrogers/music/sound-inferno-sonic-rush-remix
3. Klamm - Vortex
http://chipmusic.org/klamm/music/vortex

Links:
http://twitter.com/drinkrelaxplay

Direct download: OLL_11_05_15.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 8:07 PM

You can always guarantee that One Life Left never misses the chance to have a celebration. Except we forgot that this was our 250th episode, possibly because we've probably done more than 250 episodes due to spin-offs and literally unpodcastable episodes.

However, we did celebrate in a way by having Jon and Joe from Inkle Studios in as our Super-Special Guests! They told us all about what it's like not winning a Bafta (it's rather similar to not winning a GMA), how Inkle is much better than Steve Jackson and how you make an open world book. Their new game Sorcery! 3 sounds rather excellent and will undoubtedly miss out on a Bafta next year.

We also found out how Fearne Cotton is making extra pocket money by selling Xboxes, did some news near the end of the show, Ann went drinking, Ste and Simon played the same game and the letters section has been sponsored! By the company that Simon is joining next week. And we had the core contributing trio of Doctor Avatar, GameUnder and Sega Badawi.

Cheerio!
Team OLL x

Links:
https://twitter.com/inklestudios
https://twitter.com/joethephish
https://twitter.com/joningold

Track list:
1. Impulses - Overflow
http://chipmusic.org/impulses/music/overflow
2. Ob111 - Entering Ale Country
http://chipmusic.org/0b111/music/entering-ale-country

Direct download: OLL_27_04_2015.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 10:52 AM

One Life Left has always been a firm believer in helping the little guy out. It's why we've always applauded (quietly) when the GMA judges decided to give their podcast/radio show award those teams that aren't on FM. So we felt that having Holly and Kate from Toku Podcast on as our Super-Special Guests would be a good idea. We were wrong. They obviously hadn't learnt that if you wanted to become a success like Mike Bithell or the New Yorker's Simon 'Parkinson' Parkin then you needed to show us respect. Therefore this episode is a textbook example of how to ruin your career. (Although we're not sure if it's ours or theirs that is ruined)

And the show started off started off so well. Simon took the risk of doing the show without headphones, Ste found a CD of filler music and Ann was recovering from having two roasts in one day. Then it went wrong. Ann started to tell a very sexy news story that rapidly turned out to be not particularly sexy - especially once Ste added in a contribution from Gogglebox. Then we interviewed Holly and Kate and it went worse. We learnt that you can never trust Keith Stuart - tabloid journalist - and Ann got scammed by a videogame that turned her to drink.

We did have contributions from GameUnder and Sega Badawi and we had a round up of what happened at our last Marioke. Which reminds us that next month's Marioke is on 14/05, rather than the third Thursday, so you've got less time to get your lyrics sent in.

Cheerio!
Team OLL x

Track list:
1. Mister Beep - Hornets Assault
http://chipmusic.org/mister+beep/music/hornets-assault-1-bit-chiptune
2. Please Lose Battle - Eleven O'Clock
http://chipmusic.org/pleaselosebattle/music/eleven-oclock

Links
https://twitter.com/nielsen_holly
https://twitter.com/hownottodraw
https://twitter.com/toku_podcast

Direct download: OLL_20_04_2015.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 7:03 PM

After a mini break for Easter, where we only ate Mini Eggs and Mini Milks, One Life Left is back! Ste had managed to break an egg exactly in half, Ann went outside and Simon helped gamify Easter and also met our thirteenth listener. Ann managed to break an exclusive, which is that she's highly likely to be a major character in the new Grand Theft Auto film that's coming out. Apparently only one third of the cinema seats will be available at the beginning of the film, which the rest of the cinema being unlocked as the film goes one.

Our Super-Special Guest this week was Nitrome’s Aaron Steed. He told us all the gossip about Quinn's beginner Netrunner tournament (or BeQuinner tournament if you will) and how you identify which Flash games will work well on mobile. We also found out what are the main problems in creating a rogue like and how good we are at making Aaron forget the names of other good rogue likes.

GameUnder provided more evidence of the corruption in videogames whilst Sega Badawi provided his Local News too late for the live show so we had to insert it into the podcast. We received some post in our pigeon hole that wasn't actually as exciting that we thought would be and we started a beef with Radio 4.

Oh and if you read this on Wednesday 15/04 then come to #THIRDSDAY on Thursday 16/04! Simon won’t be there which might just be the incentive you need to attend.

Cheerio!
Team OLL x

Links:
https://twitter.com/st33d
http://www.redrogue.net/
http://www.nitrome.com/
http://robotacid.com/

Track listing;
1. AtariTufty- Beeper X
http://chipmusic.org/ataritufty/music/beeper-x
2. Hurri Gameboy - Astro
http://chipmusic.org/hurrigameboy/music/astro

Direct download: OLL_13_04_2015.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 7:27 PM

It's been a while since we were last on Resonance FM, but you will have no doubt been keeping up to date with our adventures by listening to our GDC podcasts. But there are few things that we held back as we needed time to reflect on them. What was Simon offered to bump people up the Marioke queue? Why have we not been added to the list of E3 attendees? What was David Braben watching on the flight back? Only one of these questions will be slightly answered. We're just not a match for the journalistic integrity of the 3am girls.

Our Super-Special Guest was someone who demanded we did improve our integrity as our regular contributor Gameunder came into the studio. He demanded to be able to disseminate how games could be made better, which game has caused all these problems in the industry and why Kieron Gillen is ultimately to blame.

We also had a mini-report about the National Videogame Arcade and learnt how to play Virtua Tennis without looking at the screen. Doctor Avatar and Sega Badawi provided recorded contributions to join in with Gameunder's live one.

We've not got a show next week due to Egg Day, but there is a Marioke on the 16th and we'll be having one at Develop. Possibly on the Tuesday but it'll be confirmed on our next episode.

Cheerio!
Team OLL x

Links:
https://twitter.com/mrjjlean

Track list:
1. Feryl - Broken Patterns
http://chipmusic.org/feryl/music/broken-patterns
2. Bitwise - Pulse City
http://chipmusic.org/bitwise/music/pulse-city
3. Jredd - Static Dash Zone
http://chipmusic.org/jredd/music/static-dash-zone

Direct download: OLL_30_03_2015.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 7:19 PM

One Life Left vs Gamasutra GDC2015 Show #4

 

Recorded live from the Moscone's North Hall in San Francisco at GDC2015

 

Presented by Ste Curran, Cara Ellison and Kris Graft, with very special guests:

 

Kate Edwards (IGDA)

Runa Haukland (Hamar Game Collective)

Chris Gomez (Writer and Game Designer)

Thomas Bidaux (ICO Partners)

Matt Boch (Harmonix)

Robert Yang (NYU)

Tom Vian (SFB Games)

Tadhg Kelly (Has a new book)

Richard LeMarchand (ALL OUR THOUGHTS, ALL THE TIME)

 

That's it for 2015. See you next year! Or keep listening, because we do something (a bit) like this every week. Subscribe to One Life Left here: http://bit.ly/OLLtunes

 

Direct download: OLL_GDC_4.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 2:01 PM

One Life Left vs Gamasutra GDC2015 Show #3

 

Recorded live from the Moscone's North Hall in San Francisco, live at GDC 2015, and featuring some NSFW industrial language.

 

Presented by Simon Byron, Ste Curran, Cara Ellison and (briefly) Christian Nutt, with very special guests:

 

John Walker (RPS)

Frank Cifaldi (Other Ocean)

Michael Consoli (Cartwheel Games)

Chris Zukowski (Wizard Golf)

Bennett Foddy (foddy.net)

Trent Kusters (League of Geeks)

Forrest Dowling (The Molasses Flood)

John Ingold (Inkle)

Joseph Humfrey (Inkle)

Hannah Flynn (Failbetter)

Alexis Kennedy (Failbetter)

Rupert Meghnot (Burnout Game Ventures)

Oscar Clark (Unity)

 

ONE AGAIN, THIS PODCAST CONTAINS QUITE A BIT OF SWEARING / CURSING. Apologies in advance. Our bleep button was broken.

 

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Direct download: OLL_GDC_3.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 11:54 PM

One Life Left vs Gamasutra GDC2015 Show #2

 

Recorded live from the Moscone's North Hall in San Francisco, live at GDC 2015.

 

Presented by Simon Byron, Ste Curran, Cara Ellison and Alex Wawro, with very special guests including:

 

Mike Bithell

Rob Manuel

Regner Blok-Andersen

Jory Prum

Gordon Midwood

Kerry Turner

Christy Marx

Drew Murray

Sarah Brin

and more, more, MORE.

 

More tomorrow! Subscribe to One Life Left here: http://bit.ly/OLLtunes

 

Direct download: OLL_GDC_2.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 1:28 AM

Recorded live from the Moscone's North Hall in San Francisco, live at GDC 2015.

 

Presented by Simon Byron, Ste Curran, Cara Ellison and Kris Graft, with very special guests:

 

Alex Fleetwood (Fabulous Beasts)

Damon Shelton (Naughty Dog)

Rami Ismail (Vlambeer)

Steve Theodore (Undead Labs)

Andrew Bennison (Prospect Games)

James Parker (Ground Shatter)

Teddy Diefenbach (Heart Machine)

Nels Anderson (Campo Santo)

Eline Muijres (Gameoven / Monogon Games) 

Robert Curry (Dinosaur Polo Club)

 

More tomorrow! Subscribe to One Life Left here: http://bit.ly/OLLtunes

 

Direct download: OLL_GDC_Episode_1.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 1:35 AM