One Life Left's Podcast

The full team is finally back and we're not going anywhere. Except for Ann, who is going to Oslo in the near future. And Ste will probably have to do another talk somewhere far away. Oh, and Simon's train will most likely get delayed at some point. But Simon The Intern In The Corner will still be here for you.

And this week you also have Kirsten and Jon from Sidekick Books! They explain to us what it's like doing Videogame poetry (Craig will never tell us), how to do two player poetry and how Kieron Gillen was ahead of us (again). You'll enjoy their poetry even if Ste got slightly competitive in proving it wasn't as good as Marioke.

Sega Badawi has some local news and Derek Williams takes us by the hand and leads us through the streets of Doncaster. Where he'll show us something that'll make us change our minds.

Oh! And we officially announce the date of our Christmas party. But not the location. Or the price of the tickets. Or the Super-Special Guests! So keep Friday 19th December free and be somewhere in London.

Cheerio!
Team OLL x

Links:
http://www.drfulminare.com/index.php
https://twitter.com/SidekickBooks
https://twitter.com/KofTheTriffids
https://twitter.com/gojonstonego
http://Terrorbird.bandcamp.com

Track list:
1. Hurrigameboy - Eyes Closed Fingers Crossed
http://chipmusic.org/hurrigameboy/music/eyes-closed-fingers-crossed
2. Fantastic Mr Lenix - Hoax Town
http://chipmusic.org/fantasticmrlenix/music/hoax-town
3. Brother Android - Wells Branch Park, Evening
http://chipmusic.org/brother+android/music/wells-branch-park-evening

Direct download: OLL_17_11_14.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 7:12 PM

Hurrah! Ste is back from celebrating noted theme tune composer Iain Cook's birthday. Boo! Ann has a cold from GameCity. Boo! Simon is away for some unspecified reason. Hurrah! We have Dan Stubbs on the show as our Super-Special Guest.

And it was good that Dan came all the way from Plymouth to be on the show as his game - The Hit - sounded excellent. Dan taught Ste how to kill people properly and clarified that Ste does work for The Agency. Ann just wanted to use the game engine to make a Taylor Swift concert, but that's her standard response for anything these days.

In terms of features Derek Williams came back for another shop related song, Doctor Avatar treated another injury and Sega Badawi reported on some local news. We also explained about #THWEDNESDAY and how it differs from #THIRDSDAY (it's pretty difficult to follow).

Cheerio!
Team OLL x

Links:
https://twitter.com/dan_stubbs
http://www.thehitgame.co.uk/
https://twitter.com/CongaPyro

Track list:
1. Alex Ochoa and Laffe The Fox - No Puedo Decirte Adios
http://chipmusic.org/laffe+the+fox/music/alex-ochoa--laffe-the-fox---no-puedo-decirte-adios-demo-version
2. Starman Stan - Copacetic
http://chipmusic.org/starman+stan/music/copacetic
3. The One Electronic - Effervescent Iridescent
http://chipmusic.org/the+one+electronic/music/effervescent-iridescent
4. Maru303 - Trip Or Treat
http://chipmusic.org/maru303/music/trip-or-treat

Direct download: OLL_10_11_14.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 8:46 PM

It's time for the post-GameCity episode and this one is no exception. Because - as usual - GameCity was fantastic and everyone who attended our amazing Marioke session are automatically FOTS and will be removed from the list. Except for Pip. She knows what she did.

And once again Ste was absent from this show. Apparently he was at a friend's birthday party which we think was being held at the Wacky Warehouse and, because he was waiting for a responsible adult to pick him up, he couldn't make it back in time. However in order to compensate for this we had two (count 'em - two!) Super-Special Guests on the show. There was Size Five Games' Dan Marshall and Mike Cook from Ann's old alma mater Goldsmiths, University of London.

We found out all about Dan's new game the Swindle, found out what he thinks about looking at pasties online and what he thinks is the 51st best game of all time. Mike told us about how you can create games by doing nothing (apart from doing a lot of programming at the beginning), upset Dan with this information (but then cheered him up) and explained his procedural gamejam (that's already sold out).

We also found out about what you need to do if you find a Mike Bithell in your house, make an allegation about Jonathan Smith and Ann explains what a bot is. Super Roger World and Sega Badawi provided some features. That we played between some excellent chiptunes and us talking.

Cheerio!
Team OLL x

Links:
http://twitter.com/Mtrc
http://twitter.com/danthat
http://procjam.tumblr.com/

Track list:
1. YERZMYEY - Chasing
http://chipmusic.org/yerzmyey/music/chasing
2. VCMG - Orbital
http://chipmusic.org/vcmg/music/orbital
3. Jredd (feat. groovemaster 303) - Technocolor Street
http://chipmusic.org/jredd/music/technocolor-street-feat-groovemaster303

Direct download: OLL_03_11_14.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 9:01 PM

We start this episode having to say goodbye to an unsung member of Team OLL. One who has played an integral part in numerous episodes and we're not sure if we'll ever be the same again. Farewell Ann's nose stud (unless she's found you again).

However, we decided against making this episode a memorial to the memory of the stud and instead chose to ask this week's Super-Special Guest Read Only Memory's Darren Wallabout his own piercings. Oh, and we asked him about ROM's new book about the Sega Megadrive which was written by the fifth-placed loser of the Journalist's Journalist award at this year's GMAs. Or Keith Stuart as he is commonly known. We tried to find out who is the subject of the next book that Darren is working on, but instead got annoyed at the acknowledgment section in Keith's book.

Ann found out about a different type of STI, Simon got annoyed with public transport and Ste got confused about where ducklings live. We also debated the sexiness of Bitmap Brother Eric Matthews and had features from Sega Badawi and Super Roger World.

Make sure to come and sing with us at GameCity if you're there or if you can't make it then come to our Christmas Party which we'll confirm next week. Maybe.

Cheerio!
Team OLL x

Links:
http://twitter.com/romalerts
http://Readonlymemory.vg

Track list:
1. Volt 44 - Night Of The Living Dead
http://chipmusic.org/volt+44/music/night-of-the-living-dead-lsdj
2. Mister Beep - Slowing Down The Chaos
http://chipmusic.org/mister+beep/music/slowing-down-the-chaos-zx48
3. Syobonaction - Lilos
http://chipmusic.org/syobonaction/music/lilos
4. Groovemaster 303 - Pump It
http://chipmusic.org/groovemaster303/music/pump-it-scratchin-the-vinyl-remix

Direct download: OLL_27_10_2014.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 8:05 PM

WARNING: Simon once again forgets about sound levels and decides to shout "Get out" at a very loud volume fairly early on in this episode. This will be very annoying, so be prepared. Guy Cocker never has to put up with stuff like this. Sorry.

But the rest of the show is at a good level for listening to. The quality? Well that's for you to decide. Ste is back for the first show in four weeks and as if to add the pressure we had Simon the intern doing some independent verification on how well we produce a radio show. Luckily we had an excellent Super-Special Guest in Laughing Jackal's Alasdair Evans who spoke about his latest release, the py-rogue-a-like Flame Over, if it has any ghosts in it and what Sony Mobile are like to work for.

Ste temporarily changed into being a thesaurus, Ann went overboard with the selfie stick and Simon had a weird emphasis on the word 'spreads'. We also had features from Super Roger World, Sega Badawi and possibly a Super-Special-Secret Contributor!

All from the GMA's second-favourite Radio Show or Podcast :(

Cheerio!
Team OLL x

Links:
https://twitter.com/Laughing_Jackal
https://twitter.com/ev4nac
http://gamecity2014.sched.org/event/a982cb2b80f29810abfc7bee791abdb9

Track list:
1. Weave Of K - Open Spaces
http://chipmusic.org/weave+of+k/music/open-spaces
2. Klamm - Robot Warrior Plus
http://chipmusic.org/klamm/music/robot-warrior-plus
3. Bitamin - Connected
http://chipmusic.org/bitamin/music/bitamin---connected

Direct download: OLL_20_10_2014.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 5:53 PM

We're sorry that we weren't on air last week, but Ann Life Left was so great that we felt you would need an extra week to recover. Whilst we allowed Simon to come back on air after he promised that he had learnt his lesson, Ste was being belligerent so we left him on a mountain in Norway. This resulted in a different show to the ones that you're used to. A show where mic levels and timetables were not appreciated.

However our Super-Special Guest Christos Reid was someone that we greatly appreciated. He came in at extremely short notice and proved to be an excellent guest. So much so that Simon had to merge the reviews and letters sections, but it was done so smoothly that you'll never notice. We found about Christos' time in media, why he created a game jam and what his Dad thought of his games.

Dr. Avatar made an appearance along with Sega Badawi. Sega has been moaning for ages about needing a weather presenter to help his local news feature so Simon and Ann decided to give a break to Cara Ellison who was in the middle of a typhoon in Japan. In the weeks to come we'll be auditioning Helen Lewis for our economics editor and Simon 'Parko' Parkin to be our Eye In The Sky.

Ste will be returning next week and we'll be moaning about losing in the GMAs. Unless something amazing happens! Other than this week's #THIRDSDAY which will definitely be amazing!

Cheerio!
Team OLL x

Links:
http://twitter.com/failnaut
http://twitter.com/caraellison

Track list:
1. Boy Without Batteries - Shake It Off
http://chipmusic.org/boy+without+batteries/music/taylor-swift---shake-it-off-chiptune-cover
2. Volt 44 - Rockhawk
http://chipmusic.org/volt+44/music/rockhawk
3. Arlen - Galactic Snax
http://chipmusic.org/arlen/music/galactic-snax

Direct download: OLL_13_10_2014.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 5:46 PM

Sometimes - if we've been really good and very lucky - Ste and Simon are both unable to get to the studio. This means that Ann is given free reign and can curate her own videogame radio show. So we welcome into the studio Rock Paper Shotgun's Philippa Warr as a Super-Special Co-Presenter and Leigh Alexander, Mitu Khandaker-Kokoris, Kerry Turner and Monica Ion as the Super-Special Guests.

In addition to the four SSGs we had messages from all around the world from Arielle Grimes, Tina Kalinger, Nathalie De Los Santos and Merritt Kopas telling us about how they work with games. Thanks again to everyone who contributed to this episode.

Next week all will be back to normal, for which we can only apologise.

Cheerio!
Team OLL x

Links:
http://twitter.com/reallyfancy
http://twitter.com/MituK
http://twitter.com/leighalexander
http://twitter.com/Monica_ion
http://twitter.com/scanters
http://twitter.com/philippawarr
http://www.therabbitclub.com/
http://thetiniestshark.com/
http://leighalexander.net/
http://www.monicaion.com/

Track list:
1. infodrive - You Won't Remember Me
http://chipmusic.org/infodrive/music/you-wont-remember-me
2. powersupply - Underwater Cavern
http://chipmusic.org/powersupply/music/underwater-cavern
3. my.Explosion - Why Do You Care?
http://chipmusic.org/my.explosion/music/why-do-you-care

Direct download: OLL_29_09_2014.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 7:29 PM

It's the second week back from our summer holiday's so obviously Team OLL are back to working perfectly in alignment. Except for the slightly dodgy start at the beginning, but that happens to every podcast and radio show right?
 
As usual after a #THIRDSDAY we analyse in rigorous details what were the successes (everything) and what were the failures (nothing). Except this time Simon wasn't there as he wanted to awkwardly interact with the repeating funny man who repeats things repeatedly Stewart Lee. Luckily this week's Super-Special Guest Ed Fear didn't meet Stewart Lee so he should have been at #THIRDSDAY, but he wasn't. So where was he then?
 
We never found out the answer to this so instead we decided to ask Ed about his new game which is Pigeon Dating sim Hatoful Boyfriend. Unfortunately we got confused about whether doves were pigeons, so we had to rely on Simon's wife on asking most of the questions. By the end of the show Simon and Ed were new BFFs which must have meant we were doing something right.
 
Ann started working as an amateur game designer, which didn't start that well and we perfected our video game producer impressions. Sega Badawi and Super Roger World made appearances too.
 
Ste and Simon are away next week which means next week is hosted by Ann. These are rare events but are always excellent so make sure you tune in!
 
Cheerio!
Team OLL x
 
Links:
http://twitter.com/edfear
http://store.steampowered.com/app/310080/
 
Track list:
1. Klamm - 8 bit shines
http://chipmusic.org/klamm/music/8-bit-shines
2. Jenny and the giants - I Wanna Be Your Lover
http://www.jennyandthegiants.com
3. VCMG - Fphunk
http://chipmusic.org/vcmg/music/fphunk
Direct download: OLL_22_09_14.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 7:45 PM

Oh my God we're back again. Our summer break was so hectic that our parents refused to let us hang out with each other and it's only since school has started that we've been able to get together and talk about games and stuff.

Luckily Ollie Clarke is seen as a good influence so we were allowed to talk to him at great length about the amazing new game that he is working on - LA Cops. Unfortunately he wasn't allowed to tell us the exclusive news that he wanted to tell us, but if any synesthetes could translate what we did manage to find out it would help us greatly. We also found out if there was a red line between Simon and Ollie. What we found out may shock you (sorry we've got to get this habit out of our system).

Ann brought back an old joke but with a new twist, Ste tried to find out when it was best to ignore people, Simon had headphone and bag problems and we all got confused about what makes a niche. (Cheese, eggs, milk, cream and pastry - Hard of hearing Ed) We also had a really good discussion about GamerGate but chose to delete it from the podcast as we felt the general public wouldn't be able to cope with the truth. If it is included on this episode then something went wrong and we advise you not to listen to it.

What we do advise you to listen to are the features performed by Sega Badawi and Super Roger World. And our singing at the fifth #THIRDSDAY of the year! If you get this podcast on the day that it is released then you have NO EXCUSE for not attending. Unless you're Simon.

Cheerio!
Team OLL x

Links:
https://twitter.com/OllieClarke
http://www.la-cops.com
https://www.facebook.com/events/1458589364418194/

Track list:
1. Legacy - Sad Machine (overheated remix)
http://chipmusic.org/legacy/music/sad-machine---overheated-remix
2. Kremland - Disgo/CHROME
http://chipmusic.org/kremland/music/disgo
3. Klamm - Mega Man Rescues The Pink Girl
http://chipmusic.org/klamm/music/mega-man-rescues-the-pink-girl

Direct download: OLL_15_09_2014.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 7:53 PM

This episode was actually recorded two weeks ago so prepare yourself for vintage/retro One Life Left. Ann had a karaoke injury, Simon was in a grump and Ste was possibly replaced by an imposter so we had to use the latest in eye tracking technology to suss him out.

Luckily we had an excellent Super-Special Guest in Ground Shatter's James Parker who came all the way from Bristol just to be on our show. Actually, this is why the episode is two weeks late as knowing the state of Britain's public transport he'll probably only just be getting home now! He told us what it was like to work with Mike Bithell before fame changed him, what you buy when you quit your job and - more importantly - a bit about the King of Fighters style game that he's working on.

And that's not all! We also had Vlambeer's Rami Ismail and the Train Jam's Adriel Wallick dropping in. Rami talked about his games distribution helpsite / Lady Diana's dead boyfriend tribute site http://dodistribute.com/ whilst Adriel needed hashtag branding advice for the next Train Jam that's going to be held. Annoyingly it's not being held the day before Wednesday otherwise the most apt hashtag would be #ChooChooChoosday.

We also had Sega Badawi make a recorded appearance and lots of amazing letters from our amazing listeners. Hope you enjoy the summer holidays!

Cheerio!
Team OLL x

Links:
https://twitter.com/GamesWriting
http://groundshatter.com
https://twitter.com/MsMinotaur
https://twitter.com/tha_rami
http://dodistribute.com/
http://Msminotaur.com


Track list:
1. Laffe The Fox - Heaven for Monsters
http://chipmusic.org/laffe+the+fox/music/laffe-the-fox---heaven-for-monsters
2. Stinkbug - Starlight Mall
http://chipmusic.org/stinkbug/music/starlight-mall
3. Volt 44 - Zero
http://chipmusic.org/volt+44/music/zero
4. Klamm - Remember Super Mario/Super Mario Isn't Dead
http://chipmusic.org/klamm/music/remember-super-mario

Direct download: OLL_28_07_2014.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 8:09 PM