One Life Left's Podcast

For the final time this season all of Team OLL was in the studio before we broke for our summer holidays. This meant we didn't have to wear our uniforms and we could even bring in board games to play. Ann nearly didn't make the show on time as she was waiting upstairs and wondering why she was hot. Ste was back from Finland with tales of gin and grapefruit, Placebo and Finland's answer to Justin Bieber. Simon was still developing his next game after Bang Man! took the gaming world by storm.

And thanks to our Super-Special Guest Ian Hamilton, Simon will be thinking of accessibility for gamers with disabilities. Ian was on to discuss the issues in improving accessibility and it seems that the little things matter a lot to most gamers. Annoyingly there's no actual legal enforcement to make games more accessible so most of the appetite to improve things is coming from the smaller companies. But we did find out which was the first AAA game with a dedicated blind accessibility option.

Ann had a very important Ann-nouncement, we talked tactics for the upcoming GMAs and Marioke makes more steps into invading Germany (which annoys the Caretaker as he prefers Monchengladbach to Koln). GameUnder continues to work undercover and Sega Badawi has some more local news. And even though we're on holiday you can still contact us via the usual methods and even finish making our game for us.

Cheerio!
Team OLL x

Links:
https://twitter.com/ianhamilton_
http://gameaccessibilityguidelines.com/

Track list:
1. Laffe The Fox feat. Robot Orgy Massacre - The Amazing Adventures of Mr. Unadventurous
http://chipmusic.org/laffe+the+fox/music/laffe-the-fox-feat-robot-orgy-massacre---the-amazing-adventures-of-mr-unadventurous
2. Motionride - Loading
http://chipmusic.org/motionride/music/loading_2015-[lsdj-chiptune]
3. PleaseLoseBattle - Hangover Apocalypse
http://chipmusic.org/pleaselosebattle/music/hangover-apocalypse

Direct download: OLL_27_07_2015.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 10:46 AM

With Ste in Finland listening to Placebo and performing Marioke it meant that Simon and Ann were in the studio by themselves. Well, apart from the Super-Special Guests. And we got some amazing Super-Special Guests with Alex and Sean from Castle Magazine and Eddie Lee from Funktronic Labs coming into the studio.

Alex and Sean were in to talk about Castle Magazine, which is due to launch in the first quarter of next year, providing that their crowdsourcing is successful and that they agree on how to correctly pronounce Castle. We had a look at their promotional postcards and queried their DPIs, before Ann got worried about what DPI stood for.

Our other Super-Special Guest Eddie was a major test of where Simon's loyalties lie. You see Eddie's new game - Nova 111 - is being published by Curve digital, which is where Simon's second less-important job is. Would Simon give Eddie the usual OLL interview treatment or would he not even ask what colour his game was? We did find out that it's a turn-based real-time action game and it's already picked up a few awards so it does sound like it'll be pretty good.

From our contributors we had Doctor Avatar making a return to the hospital wards and Sega Badawi providing some local news. We also found out that Simon is making a new game under the advice of Tom Francis, how Chinese holiday tours really make their money and that we shouldn't make Ritchie and Josh the talent handlers angry as they nearly destroyed the studio when they were calm.

Cheerio!
Team OLL x

Links:
https://twitter.com/MacTingz
https://twitter.com/vizzee
https://twitter.com/Castle_Magazine
https://twitter.com/eddietree
https://twitter.com/funktroniclabs
http://www.Castlemagazine.co.uk
http://nova111.com/

Track list:
1. Bitmap Brothers - Gods Theme
http://youtu.be/zJ26QY0A_aQ
2. Spaszaki - Trance (Casio)
http://chipmusic.org/spaszaki/music/sk-1-trance-casio
3. Brink - Joe Schmoe in Rio
http://chipmusic.org/brink/music/joe-shmoe-in-rio-roland-mt-32-remix
4. Rob Hubbard - Crazy Comets theme
http://www.remix64.com/track/djrawb/crazy-comets-theme-soflabreaks/
5. TLG Chiptunes - Mr Brightside
http://chipmusic.org/tlgchiptunes/music/the-killers---mr-brightside-the-luminous-galaxy-cover

Direct download: OLL_20_07_2015.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 7:58 PM

Unfortunately having to do three episodes in a row took its first victim as Simon took the week off. But he forgot to check this with HR and with his appraisal due this wasn't a good time to be doing this. Luckily our HR is an incredibly efficient department and managed to get a highly qualified Super-Special Guest Host in Tim Hibbs from the Big Red Barrel podcast. We highly recommend his podcast for those rare weeks when we haven't done a show (but if you listen any other time you'll go on The List).

And in addition to our SSGH we also had a SSG! Kristian Andrews from Studio OwlBear came into the, er, studio to tell us about his game Barbara-Ian and to let out a Category C swear word. It's a Rogue-like (depending on the definition) based on a series of videos that Kristian sent to annoy Comedy Central/win a competition that Comedy Central had. We found out how Kristian had the idea to turn it into a video game and tried to come up with names for a sequel. Oh, and it's out on Friday!

GameUnder told us of his latest developments in games under development and Sega Badawi dropped some local news on those assembled. Team OLL decided that a trip to Montreal was in order, Ann had a photo with a Japanese rock band, Ste got incredibly worried about fridges and brainstormed a sequel to Chuckie Egg (that already exists). You might also pick up during this episode that Ste has launched a new Kickstarter, but we hardly mention it.

Cheerio!
Team OLL x

Links:
https://twitter.com/KristianAndrews
https://twitter.com/BRBTim
http://www.barbaraian.com
https://vimeo.com/24606015
http://www.studioowlbear.com
http://www.bigredbarrel.com/blog/
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/782536717/chime-sharp-the-classic-music-puzzle-game-returns

Track list:
1. Buried For a Day - Pathways
http://chipmusic.org/bfad/music/pathways
2. Motionride - Utterless
http://chipmusic.org/motionride/music/utterless-[edm-amiga-chiptune]
3. Brink - Joe Shmoe in Rio
http://chipmusic.org/brink/music/joe-shmoe-in-rio-roland-mt-32-remix
4. Laffe the Fox - The Sweden Experience
http://chipmusic.org/laffe+the+fox/music/laffe-the-fox---the-sweden-experience

Direct download: OLL_13_07_2015.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 9:45 PM

We're still trying to solve the mystery that is sweeping the gaming world: Where did Marioke disappear to in July? And furthermore: When is it being held in August? Hopefully we'll get a little closer to the truth in this week's episode.

Oh, and we did talk quite a bit about Her Story too, which made sense as this week's Super-Special Guest was its designer Sam Barlow. He came up on the sleeper from Portsmouth to tell us all about the game. Except for the plot. But hopefully you will understand from this episode that Her Story is a different type of game. The type of game that Simon dislikes, so what will he think of Her Story?

Away from Her Story we found out that Simon looked a little different, Ann was beach body ready and Ste met some men on the Internet. Sega Badawi and GameUnder provided us with some features and we got onto the hot, hot topic of fans in consoles.

Cheerio!
Team OLL x

Links:
https://twitter.com/mrsambarlow
http://www.herstorygame.com/

Track list:
1. Klamm - Rise
http://chipmusic.org/klamm/music/rise
2. Kuro - Before It Ends
http://chipmusic.org/kuro/music/before-it-ends
3. MilLs DJ - Reunited
http://chipmusic.org/mills+dj/music/mills-dj---reunited
4. Brink - It Is What It Is
http://chipmusic.org/brink/music/it-is-what-it-is-1-bit

Direct download: OLL_06_07_2015.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 7:59 PM

OK, so the one week break turned into a two week break, but you can trust that One Life Left will never let you down again. Except for Marioke in July which we've had to cancel. And we'll be going on our summer holidays before too long.

It's also pretty hot. Now, Team OLL are used to being hot, but this is an altogether different kind of hot. It's the type of hot that makes you have a can of Malibu and pineapple at the cricket and tricks you into thinking that your leggings will dry in time to go out. It's also the kind of hot where you reckon that hot and heat are words that are interchangeable.

This week's show is rather cultured as our Super-Special Guests were Darren Wall from Read Only Memory and Alex Wiltshire from The Streets. They were in to promote ROM's first self-funded book Britsoft: An Oral History, which involved speaking to the major players in the British coding scene such as Jon Hare, Mel Croucher and Peter Moulinex. We also found out how you get Nintendo to give you two million dollars, tried to work out who is this generation's Jeff Minter and Ste thought about Jez San.

GameUnder made a welcome return (along with a new microphone) and Sega Badawi told us about the latest local news (from two weeks ago). And we also promoted a certain special someone's new book about computer games, we really can't recommend it highly enough and we're certain that you'll enjoy their work so much. They really deserve every success with it.

Cheerio!
Team OLL x

Links:
http://readonlymemory.vg
http://Twitter.com/iamdarrenwall
http://Twitter.com/rotational
https://gumroad.com/caraellison
(Do we have to include this book in the links? Really? Oh alright then)
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Death-Video-Game-obsession-frontline/dp/1781254214/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Track listing:
1. Jakim - Night Air
http://chipmusic.org/jakim/music/night-air
2. motionride - Un Petit Robot
http://chipmusic.org/motionride/music/un-petit-robot-[lsdj-chiptune]
3. Sudstep - No Guts, No Glory
http://chipmusic.org/sudstep/music/no-guts-no-glory-lsdj-demix-defqon1-anthem-2015
4. UFO - Moon
http://chipmusic.org/ufo/music/moon

Direct download: OLL_29_06_2015.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 7:27 PM

When Ste's away, Team OLL will play... chiptune covers of Muse songs. Yes, Ste was scouting out the karaoke bars of Gothenburg looking for talent to attend our Housemarque Marioke Birthday Celebration. This meant that Simon was in charge of the show.

Unfortunately Simon immediately tells us that his shot his only child (with a Nerf gun) which means he probably isn't really responsible enough to run a radio show. Ann did recently become a triple Auntie so hopefully her instincts as an Aunt were enough to keep the show on track.

Replacing Ste was our SSGH (Super-Special Guest Host) Simon 'Parkinson' Parkin. He brought the class and weird umlaut things that you'd expect from someone at the New Yorker. Parkinson also spoke a little about his new book, but we forgot to ask what colour it is. This is why we need Ste.

But it wasn't just Parkinson, we also had Jack Attridge from Flavourworks on as a Super-Special Guest. He told us all about working at 22 Cans, what it was like to half-make Godus and showed Simon his latest game, which Simon then failed to tell us about. Simon even forgot to ask him what colour the game was, so we are thankful to Ann for keeping a hold on things.

Simon started to make space under his stairs for the new Steam Machine and Ann made some big steps into becoming an esports champion. Not only that but Sega Badawi informed us of some local news and we became a discount code for an amazing soundtrack album (http://hewsonconsultants.bandcamp.com). It almost makes you wish Ste could be away every week (that almost is incredibly important if you're reading this Ste).

Cheerio!
Team OLL x

Links:
https://twitter.com/jacksflavour
http://hewsonconsultants.bandcamp.com
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Death-Video-Game-obsession-frontline/dp/1781254214/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Track list:
1. Muse - Reapers
http://it.wn.com/Muse_REAPERS_CHIPTUNE_Cover
2. Thing On A Spring - (Simon's go to chip tune)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmmEBO2lDVI
3. Cybernoid 2: The Revenge
http://hewsonconsultants.bandcamp.com/track/cybernoid-2-the-revenge
4. Rambo First Blood Part II loading theme (C64)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QuHLrQXUj4Q

Direct download: OLL_08_06_2015.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 7:29 PM

After another bank holiday break, One Life Left is back! Hopefully you all managed to cope without us. We all went to Nordic Game, then Ann and Simon went off to Copenhagen and then Simon went off to Barcelona. Team OLL always sticks together.

This week's Super-Special Guest was Explosive Alan's Ash Denton. As you all know Team OLL has been trying to break into the YouTube/Twitch market for some time and we tried to find out from Ash the secret in monetising these areas. Apparently the secret is to make something that's unique and is actually rather good. So we're screwed then. Ash is also making the break into creating his own video game, it's all down to Mike Bithell. Which means it's all down to us.

We also got pretty worried about our listeners as it took a while for us to get any letters from them, and then we got even more worried about Guy Cocker. Ste told us about his fetish for photos of carrots, Ann got a new tattoo and Simon discovered that Martin Hollis connects everyone from a photographic perspective. And Sega Badawi updated us with the latest Local News.

Cheerio!
Team OLL x

Links:
https://twitter.com/Explosive_Alan
http://capitalgame.co.uk
https://twitter.com/SlapDashAsh

Tracklist:
1. Hide Your Tigers - Smeltdown
http://chipmusic.org/hide+your+tigers/music/smeltdown-lsdj
2. We Danced - Tension
http://chipmusic.org/wedanced/music/tension-nanoloop
3. Motionride - Moo Moo Meadows Theme
http://chipmusic.org/motionride/music/moo-moo-meadows-theme-[mario-kart-wii-edm-chiptune-cover]-originally-by-asuka-ohta

Direct download: OLL_01_06_2015.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 7:20 PM

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