One Life Left's Podcast

Sorry about the lack of a show last week, two thirds of Team OLL were ill but luckily we were all back to seventy percent full health, except for a microphone that was rather crackly. Poor microphone. This week's Super-Special Guest was the tea demanding Alex Fleetwood, who came in the show to show off Fabulous Beasts, which Ann has decided is "a mix of Pokemon and Jenga". We ask Alex about how his Kickstarter going and get a live update on the Power of OLL on sales. Alex also confirmed that Fabulous Beasts will definitely be ready by November. Unless it's delayed.

John Life Left made a return to our features section, along with Sega Badawi. Simon Parkinson incurred the wrath of Scanters, Simon had the latest news whispered through a door by Lord Sir Charles Cecil and Ste made a cricket bat on his computer. We're also incredibly close to confirming our GDC Marioke Party and Ste is doing a Reads Like A Seven event on 11/02. Why not attend both?

Cheerio!
Team OLL x

Links:
https://twitter.com/fabbeasts
https://twitter.com/ammonite

Track list:
1. Alex E - He's a Mellow Fellow
http://chipmusic.org/ade-syndicate/music/hes-a-mellow-fellow-ym2612-sega-genesis-chiptune-by-alex-e
2. Put the Heart On - You Make My Heart Sing
http://chipmusic.org/putthehurtton/music/you-make-my-heart-sing
3. Robot Orgy Massacre (feat. Laffe The Fox) - Ignore The Ghost
http://chipmusic.org/laffe+the+fox/music/robot-orgy-massacre-feat-laffe-the-fox---ignore-the-ghost

Direct download: OLL_01_02_2016.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 2:29pm EST

A long time ago Ste and Simon were in a crew with David McCarthy, who is this week's Super-Special Guest. They did fun things together like inventing video blogging, but it all got ruined when David got married. Because Ste and SImon alienated everyone there with a really bad best man speech. It was awful, imagine our comedy night in Nottingham but with even less jokes. Sorry, fewer.

Anyway, David is back he's working for Cybird in Japan and he might be prepared to tell us something about the new game that they're working on. At the very least he'll be able to help us work out our system for measuring how much a half wit is worth. David also attended Pocket Gamer Connect on the morning of our show, which is where our fifth joke #networking was invented so we have a mini-celebration in its honour.

We also confirmed how much a micro transaction is worth, Ann didn't have a driving lesson and Ste was genuinely shocked by a bit of Ann's news. Listen out for the gasp of disbelief! Sega Badawi provides some more local news and we advertise Marioke in Zurich with about six days notice. We might even see if Sepp Blatter wants to come to it. He's not up to much at the moment.

Cheerio!
Team OLL x

Links:
http://www.cybird.co.jp/en/
https://www.facebook.com/events/545383705619934/

Track list:
1. BitKnight - Tanoshii
http://chipmusic.org/bitknight/music/tanoshii
2. Death from a Billy - Black Nails
http://chipmusic.org/deathfromabilly/music/black-nails
3. 81ttr45hr10t - Children Shall Lead
http://chipmusic.org/81ttr45hr10t/music/children-shall-lead
4. Just Been Warpzoned - Y I'm Sid
http://chipmusic.org/justbeenwarpzoned/music/y-im-sid

Direct download: OLL_18_01_16.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 2:43pm EST

One Life Left has been hip to all the latest trends in video games ever since we got a cyber razor cut in order to play on our Super Nintendo, yet the streaming fever has passed us by. We did have a spell last year where we tried to Twitch regularly, but all it ended up with is us getting a funny gif of Scanters that we auctioned off for Resonance FM (who you should donate to if you get the chance). However, we're always willing to learn new things, particularly if they contain the key phrase 'monetise our brand' so we got Super-Special Guest and Twitch Superstar Katt Strike in the studio!

Katt told us all about streaming and how it ended up with her getting a new PC and a new job. This then lead into a debate on if streamers are replacing traditional reviews and then managed to inadvertently prove a point in our traditional reviews section. We confirmed that we will be attending GDC this year, Simon knocked over a bin, Ste opened Jack Bike-Show's post and Ann was touched by Lewis Schaffer. And Simon.

More importantly we had WORLD EXCLUSIVE HALF-LIFE 3 NEWS!!!!! At least we think we have some news. Listen to the show and decide. You'll also get to hear John Life Left and Sega Badawi!

Cheerio!
Team OLL x

Links:
https://twitter.com/KattStrike
https://www.facebook.com/events/545383705619934/

Track list:
1. Boy Without Batteries - Teenage
http://chipmusic.org/boy+without+batteries/music/teenage
2. Atari Tufty - Space Beeps
http://chipmusic.org/ataritufty/music/space-beeps-part-1
3. For a Broken Earth - Leave a Trace
http://chipmusic.org/forabrokenearth/music/leave-a-trace-[chvrches-lsdj-cover]

Direct download: OLL_11_01_16.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 1:45pm EST

One Life Left has started 2016 as it finished 2015. Well, Simon did as he's still playing Star Wars Battlefront. Ste stopped reading his emails over the break and Ann was at a wedding. And we had Christmas, obviously which was a strong seven out of ten this year. We thought that OLL Warm-Up act and excellent comedian Lewis Schaffer had bought us a present for our first show back and were really touched, but it turned out he'd just left a bag in the studio. Maybe he'll get us something for Valentine's Day?

Mike Bithell took the opportunity to be our first Super-Special guest of the year so he could tell us about the Vita release of Volume, which should be out by now. He was also given the chance to let us know which of five ideas he'll be working on as his main project for 2016, but he saw through our attempts with a straight bat. We did manage to speak about Bithmas which just keeps getting earlier and earlier in the year, and Mike's possible holiday to Disneyland in February.

Ste told us about how he's finally got bored with killing people, Simon explained how he got lessons on morality and humour from his son and Ann might be creating a game this year. Sega Badawi made a return and we had a new feature with John Life Left.

We're back at the Dalston Loading bar this month with another Marioke event and at some point this year we will be ten so we'll definitely be holding a special event for that.

Cheerio!
Team OLL x

Links:
https://twitter.com/mikeBithell
https://www.facebook.com/events/545383705619934/

Track list:
1. Impulses - Hrtbrk
http://chipmusic.org/impulses/music/hrtbrk
2. Klamm - Atmosphere.
http://chipmusic.org/klamm/music/atmosphere
3. C-Lee-O - Rrrrrunnnn and Guuunn!
http://chipmusic.org/c-lee-o/music/rrrrrunnnn-and-guuunn-!--[2a03-vgm]

Direct download: OLL_05_01_16.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 2:49pm EST

Normally the last episode of the year is one where you reflect on the year and how it went. We tried to do this at the beginning before Ann's news, but then decided that our mix of great chiptunes, amazing guests and poor jokes were how we brought in 2015 so they'd be the best way to see it out. And we did it in style - Ste was back from Copenhagen, Simon brought in a board game and Ann wore a special Christmas outfit.

Our Super-Special Guest this week was Sean Wenham- the creator of The End of The World. We always thought that would be Parkinson. Anyway, Sean's game was inspired by a break up that he had three years ago so we asked him if it's good to wallow in misery, how the search function on the Android store works and what his wife thinks of the game.

Sega Badawi had some local news, along with a clip that sounded slightly familiar, Simon apologised for something that isn't actually on this episode and we announced that Kieron Gillen will be djing at our Christmas Party. YOU MUST BUY A TICKET NOW.

Cheerio and Merry Christmas!
Team OLL x

Links:
https://twitter.com/SeanWenham1
http://theendoftheworldgame.tumblr.com/
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/omg-its-the-one-life-left-christmas-party-2015-tickets-19797601158

Track list:
1. TLG chiptunes - Yeah Maybe I Guess
http://chipmusic.org/tlgchiptunes/music/yeah-maybe-i-guess
2. x Critical Strike x - Jingle Bells!
http://chipmusic.org/x+critical+strike+x/music/jingle-bells!-merry-xmas!
3. amburgerzorro - 3 Years
http://chipmusic.org/amburgerzorro/music/3-years

Direct download: OLL_14_12_2015.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 3:15pm EST

Ste was in Copenhagen this week. Luckily, unlike that time Ann was away we didn't have to remember to get anyone in to do the news. Unfortunately we had to rely on Simon manning the desk and Ann not telling him to press the 'dump' button which meant around seven seconds of the episode was lost. And - most annoying of all - it meant we missed out on hearing this week's Super-Special Guest Tom Cole, research student at Goldsmiths and member of The Intelligent Games Games Intelligence Programme. We did only press it the once so we were able to find out how we can broaden and deepen (but not lengthen) emotional engagement in videogames, which games best do this, which games best do this that Simon isn't annoyed by and we also heard about the Adventure X festival that Tom is running this weekend (assuming you read this as soon as the podcast is uploaded).
 
And with Ste being away it meant that we had a gap in the market for a young up-and-comer to guest host, but unfortunately we gave it to Keith Stuart from the old media. Keith told us why he isn't fit to judge the best videogame of 2015 and he also did a pun and started to move in on Ann's territory. Obviously Ann wouldn't let this lie so raised a valid point about Keith 'be'ing Santa at our Christmas party (which you should all buy tickets for).
 
Next week is our last show of the year, so we're all bringing in board games it's a mufti day. Which in our case means we have to put tops on :(
 
Cheerio!
Team OLL x
 
Links:
https://twitter.com/tommakesgames
https://twitter.com/keefstuart
http://www.screen7.co.uk/adventurex/
https://www.facebook.com/adventurexpo
https://www.facebook.com/events/887560988005771/
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/omg-its-the-one-life-left-christmas-party-2015-tickets-19797601158
 
Track list:
1. Bitpusher2600 - Fish Fingers and Custard
http://chipmusic.org/bitpusher2600/music/fish-fingers--custard
2. marcb0t - Tarzan Boy (SMS version)
http://chipmusic.org/marcb0t/music/tarzan-boy-sms-version
3. iDecade - Drone
http://chipmusic.org/idecade/music/drone---idecade
4. Hide Your Tigers - Dr Danger
http://chipmusic.org/hide+your+tigers/music/dr-danger-lsdj
Direct download: OLL_07_12_2015.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 3:58pm EST

This week's show was a little bit weird. Firstly, this week's Super-Special Guest Jon Hare said that we were part of the videogame industry. Obviously he hadn't read the results of this year's GMAs. Secondly, Jon provided us with an actual EXCLUSIVE!!! first play of the remix/demo version of Goal Scoring Superstar Hero to put on the show. We thought the only EXCLUSIVES!!! we could reveal were the colour of the game. And in case you're wondering, the main colour of Jon's new game Sociable Soccer is green, unless it's snowing in which case it's white.

We spoke to Jon about the development of Sociable Soccer, how Simon isn't the World Champion of it, but did manage to score the second ever headed goal and tried to work out the secret bit of coding to make our own version of Sociable Soccer. Ann was at a hen do in Copenhagen over the weekend, Simon and Ste were at a Chvrches gig whilst Sega Badawi just stayed in the news room to catch up on the latest events. We also heard from the mayor of Royal Leamington Spa (and possibly Ozzy Osbourne's nephew).

And the tickets for our Christmas party have finally been made available for sale. Please come. It will almost certainly be as great as last year's one.

Cheerio!
Team OLL x

Links:
https://twitter.com/jonhare
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/omg-its-the-one-life-left-christmas-party-2015-tickets-19797601158

Track list:
1. atomsmasha - Kavinsky 1986
http://chipmusic.org/atomsmasha/music/kavinsky---1986-[chiptune-8-bit]
2. Ice wolf - Distorted Relaxation
http://chipmusic.org/icewolf/music/distorted-relaxation
3. Sociable Soccer - Goal Scoring Superstar Hero (demo)
4. d0us - simkit
http://chipmusic.org/d0us/music/simkit

Direct download: OLL_30_11_2015.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 2:40pm EST

Ann is back from being Big In Japannnnn because she drank all of their alcohol. This meant that we've had the full team back in the studio for the first time in ages. It also meant that Ste didn't have to worry about trying to figure out who would do the news. Although he didn't really have much time to worry about it last week if we think about it.

Our Super-Special Guest this week was our third most famous guest ever. This obviously means that he has as little to do with videogames as possible, and is not Simon Parkinson or K-Stew (they're still fighting it out down at the bottom). Oh, we'd probably say who he actually is at this point. It's Iain Morris, co-creator of The Inbetweeners. We found out how videogames helped inspire The Inbetweeners, if mentioning Pro Evo Soccer on a TV show gets you any freebies and what it's like to break Ricky Gervais' back (presumably it made him humble).

Ann told us that she was learning to drive, Ste scared all his cats away on Neko Atsume, Simon learnt that his son had some strange choice of phrases and Sega Badawi somehow managed to do some local news. Oh, and our Christmas party was announced for Friday 18/12, look for the details on Facebook (link in our, er, links section below). We'll tell you where to get tickets as soon as we can be bothered to set it up.

Cheerio!
Team OLL x

Links:
https://twitter.com/iainkevanmorris
https://www.facebook.com/events/887560988005771/

Track list:
1. Klamm - Phoenix
http://chipmusic.org/klamm/music/phoenix
2. Justbeenwarpzoned - Veni Vidi Vici
http://chipmusic.org/justbeenwarpzoned/music/veni-vidi-vici

Direct download: OLL_23_11_2015.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 2:51pm EST

Due to Ann being in Japan, Ste being in India and Simon drinking in the afternoon there was no show last week. Luckily Ste and Simon managed to make it into the studio this week in order to provide you with some gaming related entertainment. However, would we remember to inform you as well as entertain through our acclaimed news section? Errm, sort of.

We did remember to book a Super-Special Guest and this week's SSG was Gareth Williams from Premier PR. It was probably for the best that Ann was off this week as last time Gareth was on the show he deeply offended her and the show was literally unbroadcastable. We spoke to Gareth about what it was like to be the proto Guy Cocker on CNN, how PR is different to journalism and who has the best idea for a video game?

Sega Badawi remembered to do some local news and we had a new feature from one of MCV's 30 under 30. And we sort-of announced our Christmas Party without actually confirming the date or where it would be held. But we're sure details like that won't hold you back.

Cheerio!
Team OLL x

Links:
https://twitter.com/Shakacarnage
https://www.facebook.com/events/577753902377325/

Track list:
1. Virtual Hawaii - Fountains
http://chipmusic.org/virtualhawaii/music/fountains
2. Quavosh - Pixel Jumper Tropical Theme
http://chipmusic.org/quavosh/music/pixel-jumper---tropical-theme-1
3. MilLs Dj- There's No End
http://chipmusic.org/mills+dj/music/mills-dj---theres-no-end

Direct download: OLL_16_11_15.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 3:29pm EST

Last week we had a Marioke event at GameCity. It involved lots of drinking and singing. Nothing unusual there. But we've not seen Ann since, and some sources are saying that she ended up in Japan. Is she going to be the new Kojima?

As Ann was missing, we needed to make sure that her replacement was completely ethical and - most importantly - a man. So we got GameUnder, renegade gamer and former president of Electronic Arts to come in and do the news. We also got Henry Hoffman from Fiddlesticks and the most stylish man in games in as a Super-Special Guest. He told us his origin story, his new game Hue, his experimental VR game Aboard The Looking Glass and made an EXCLUSIVE! announcement that he probably shouldn't have made and we shouldn't be mentioning in CAPITAL LETTERS. Sorry.

We're also sorry that there won't be a show next week, it's all Ste's fault for going to India. Oh, and we're sorry for the spoilers that GameUnder might do during his news. While we're at it, sorry for mentioning TFI Friday during the show. We won't apologise for Sega Badawi, although some of his puns this week do get a little close to the edge.

Cheerio!
Team OLL x

Links:
https://twitter.com/HenryHoffman
https://twitter.com/mrjjlean

Tracklist:
1. MotionRide - 99 Lives Left
http://chipmusic.org/motionride/music/99-lives-left
2. Lamer Pinky - Way To Unity
http://chipmusic.org/lamer+pinky/music/way-to-unity
3. Klamm - Icebreaker
http://chipmusic.org/klamm/music/icebreaker

Direct download: OLL_02_11_05.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 4:00pm EST