One Life Left's Podcast

With this episode we bring Ste's birthday celebrations to a close for the year. At least until his second birthday of the year in November which will take place at GameCity. As part of the celebrations we allowed the million dollar journalist Cara Ellison to Skype in from France to do the news in Ann's absence. She did a great job, apart from being unable to pronounce symphony correctly.

We had two - count 'em, two! - Super-Special Guests this week: Hannah Flynn and Liam Welton from Fail Better Games (a small team that is part of Fail Better Studios). We found out all about their new game - Sunless Sea, what it was like destroying Eurogamer's scoring system (and Parko) and nothing at all about what it was like working with Bioware.

There's also more development on our official OLL game, local news from Sega Badawi and more gritty games propaganda busting from Game Under. The only way we could make this episode better is by allowing you to hear Simon trying to get Skype to work on a Mac.

Cheerio!
Team OLL x

Links:
https://twitter.com/failbettergames
https://twitter.com/h4nchan
https://twitter.com/liamwelton

Track list:
1. Wholesome Family Music - Dope Rhymez
http://chipmusic.org/wholesome+family+music/music/dope-rhymez
2. Motion Ride - Phantom Party
http://chipmusic.org/motionride/music/phantom-party-[edm-chiptune]
3. Klamm - Impulse

http://chipmusic.org/klamm/music/impulse

 

Direct download: OLL_23_02_2015.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 8:30 PM

After the time-travelling exploits of our last episode this one sees us return to our usual podcasting timetable. However, it starts with Simon having just been given a tub of Vaseline so maybe in the future we should stick to a confusing schedule.

It's a busy week for Team OLL with Simon preparing for #THIRDSDAY/Marioke, Ann getting ready for #networking at the Top 100 Women in Videogames event and Ste will be playing Spelunky and eating ice cream (for research). Everything else we just referred to our Super-Special Guest and Head of Everything at Different Cloth: Gordon Midwood (the caretaker had to use Linked In to find his surname).

As well as being Head of Everything Gordon also talked about his new game Drive! Drive! Drive!, despite not really telling us anything about it. We also found out a bit about where his Mum currently resides. Not only that but we heard the latest from Doctor Avatar's surgery, Sega Badawi's local news and Game Under tries to smash the corrupt gaming system.

What else do you need? Well, we learnt a new abbreviation in Poapf so if that was what you needed then you'll be ok.

Cheerio!
Team OLL x

Links:
https://twitter.com/differentcloth
http://fundraiser.resonance.fm/

Track list:
1. metatronaut - Peaks and Valleys
http://chipmusic.org/metatronaut/music/peaks--valleys
2. Jredd - City Shift
http://chipmusic.org/jredd/music/city-shift-featuring-mbtech

Direct download: OLL_16_02_2015.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 7:28 PM

This episode is a bit wibbly-wobbly chronology-wonology. It was recorded last week, when we thought that it was Resonance FM's Fund Raising Week but then we realised it was the week after so we didn't mention it anymore. However it is now Resonance FM's Fund Raising Week so we hope that you are now giving all you possibly can to the excellent radio station that literally makes us more than a podcast.

The other reason this podcast was a bit late was that the Caretaker was in Prague on a works conference #networking which meant that Ste was meant to be uploading this episode last week. However, being the incredibly clever person that he is, the fact that the actual fundraising show has been retconned into making it look like there was a proper reason for him not doing it.

Internal misunderstandings aside, it was a great show this week. Last week. Whatever. Ann stayed at Simon's for streaming fun and Ste watched the Superbowl, had jingle problems and kept his scarf on indoors. And we had Emily Gera, senior news reporter at Polygon, on as a Super-Special Guest! We found out what it has been like working at Polygon from the very beginning, what Emily misses from the old days of videogame magazines and how she is going to bring it back. More importantly we ask hard-hitting questions (from our listeners) about Pot Noodles.

As well as all this we had our usual features which were: Sega Badawi, Game Under, Ann talking about Going Around, Ste talking about Spelunky and Non-Intern Simon talking about BangMan!. This is also the final show featuring Intern Simon that we've podcasted. He's been a great help in making sure that Ann has included all the important news in her reports and we've enjoyed having him in the studio.

Cheerio!
Team OLL x

Links:
http://fundraiser.resonance.fm/
https://Twitter.com/twitgera

Track list:
1. Doomsberry - Aeroplanespaceships
http://chipmusic.org/doomsberry/music/aeroplanespaceships
2. Lauk Metaals - Are You OK
http://chipmusic.org/laukmetaals/music/___are-you-ok___
3. Jakim (feat. Wing) - Attractor
http://chipmusic.org/jakim/music/attractor-feat-wing

Direct download: OLL_02_02_2015.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 6:39 PM

Team OLL is on a creative streak with season eleven. After last week's discovery of #networking, Ste decided to invent a new catchphrase. That he had been shouting to us constantly for the past ten seasons but we finally noticed that he was there. Also, those of you who write fanfic about us may be interested to know that one of Team OLL is having a sleepover at another's house. It will disappoint Stimon worshippers though.

This week's Super-Special Guest was Phil Robb from Turtle Rock Studios. We were the final stop on his world wide promotional tour so naturally we offered him a good rub down. After such a good start to the interview we then confused him about how we pronounce 'exception', he spoiled Left 4 Dead 2 for you and we found out what his co-operative and competitive shooter Evolve is going to be like. But does he swear?

In terms of features we had Sega Badawi, the second installment of Game Under and a returning contributor who isn't Derek Williams. Ste also realised that we could perhaps monetise our reviews, but then forgets about it and we also remembered to do some work on the official One Life Left game (which is to raise money for the excellent Resonance FM).

Cheerio!
Team OLL x

Links:
https://twitter.com/FilRobb
https://www.turtlerockstudios.com/
http://fundraiser.resonance.fm/

Track listing:
1. Uncle Bibby - Repeep
http://chipmusic.org/unclebibby/music/repeep-nanoloop-ios
2. Fearofdark - Love Sickness
http://chipmusic.org/fearofdark/music/lovesickness-[2a03]
3. Motionride - 2d Glitch
http://chipmusic.org/motionride/music/2d-glitch-[edm-chiptune]
4. Mills DJ - Abuse
http://chipmusic.org/mills+dj/music/mills-dj---abuse

Direct download: OLL_26_01_2015.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 7:56 PM

It's a whole new season for a whole new One Life Left! We start season eleven with great news - we're going to China. Apparently the far east has yet to pick up on the karaoke craze and as part of our networking at our corporate event last week we have been handed an incredible opportunity. We also picked up a new joke so it was a highly productive session.

And to celebrate the new season we had a Super-Special Guest join us. And the lucky SSG was Catharina Due Bøhler from Shadow Puppeteer developers Sarepta studio. She started off fairly quiet, but soon proved to be as potty mouthed as all Norwegians are. Even worse she was highly offensive about our protege. Not Parko, the other one. The lethal one. In between her offending the nation we also managed to find some information about her excellent game Shadow Puppeteer.

In addition to Catharina we celebrated Ann being confirmed as one of the top ten women in the top one hundred women in videogames, Ste chaired a mini debate on Hotline Miami 2 and Non-Intern Simon's on/off love affair with Nintendo continued. Sega Badawi provided the latest local news and we had a new feature! Which was Duncan McKenzie's excellent Game Under.

Cheerio!
Team OLL x

Links:
https://twitter.com/cathinshadow
http://shadowpuppeteer.com/

Track list:
1. Klamm - Just Chill
http://chipmusic.org/klamm/music/just-chill
2. jmr- Nothing Can Be Fixed Here. God, Burn!
http://chipmusic.org/jmr/music/nothing-can-be-fixed-here-god-burn!

Direct download: OLL_19_01_2015.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 1:56 PM

The constantly changing news reporter position saga is at an end as we welcome News Fox Ann 'Scoops' Scantlebury back after a two episode absence. Non-Intern Simon had also been away during the week enjoying the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of Hamburg. But the main story of the day was how Ste managed to fight off two robbers who were on a moped. He truly is a hero. And it didn't affect him at all, well except for at the very beginning of the show.

Our SSG for this final episode of the season (don't worry - the new season starts next week) is SFB Games's Tom Vian. He was in to talk about their game Detective Grimoire and what their possible next game is going to be like. It makes Ste a little bit excited, if that helps in any way. We try to find out if Tom uses arrays in any of his games and find out how difficult it can be to communicate to your Kickstarter backers.

There's a return to surgery with Doctor Avatar and Sega Badawi provides us with some local news. Non-Intern Simon has to google 'acrostic', we find out the best spheres in games and Ann tells us how excited she is to be involved in our latest Resonance FM fund raising project.

Oh and Simon has launched Bang Man! on ios. You might not pick up on this during the show.

Cheerio!
Team OLL x

Links:
https://mobile.twitter.com/sfbtom
https://mobile.twitter.com/sfbdim

Track list:

1. Motionride - Automatic Town
http://chipmusic.org/motionride/music/automatic-town-[chiptune-rock]
2.  Ampliflyer - Maneuver
http://chipmusic.org/ampliflyer/music/maneuver

Direct download: OLL_12_01_2015.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 7:45 PM

It's a new year so it's time for a new look Team OLL! Well maybe not but Ann was ill on Monday so we had to come up a solution that didn't involve Sega Badawi. Luckily we found one in the Million Dollar Journalist (TM) Cara Ellison who was linking up live to the studio from Paris. She provided us with Le News Du Gaming, coped well with the slight lag in connection and told us how amazing Paris is. Stay amazing Paris.

However, despite Cara being both Super and Special she was not this week's Super-Special Guest. That honour went to Ben Maltz-Jones who works for voice over specialists OM UK. He told us how difficult it is doing voices for videogames, spoke a little about the Game of Thrones Telltale game and we tried to get him to tell us examples of bad voice overs in videogames in an attempt to get him blackballed from the industry.

We also found out what it's like having Christmas in Ramsay Street, workshopped some Cockney rhyming slang and discovered the official French nickname for Batman. There was a feature from a demoted Sega Badawi and we unveiled the OLL Project For 2015.

Cheerio!
Team OLL x

Links:
http://twitter.com/omuk_london
http://twitter.com/v_ben
http://twitter.com/caraellison

Track list:
1. nitro pulse - Hydro Beast
http://chipmusic.org/nitro+pulse/music/hydro-bst-
2. Ninten Kwon Do - Close Your Eyes, Listen, Now Dance
http://chipmusic.org/ninten+kwon+do/music/close-your-eyes--listen--now-dance-

Direct download: OLL_05_01_2015.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 7:48 PM

Ann is in Oslo (which sounds like a cryptic crossword clue) so not only were we down a presenter, but someone else needed to do the news instead. Neither Non-Intern Simon nor Ste wanted to do it (too big and fashionable shoes to fill) but luckily we had just the person in mind. Unfortunately we forgot to tell Intern Simon and had to go to the bottom of the list.

Our Super-Special Guest was *INSERT EVERY SINGLE PUBLICATION HERE*'s Jordan Erica Webber who came in to learn from Ste on how to deal with Keith Stuart. We also found out why she uses three names, who she doesn't write for and where she fits into the Guardian family.

You might also pick up on the very subtle information that Non-Intern Simon has released his second ever game. It is called Bang Man and is almost on the first page of searches within Google Play for Bang Man. This then led us in to talking about Metacritic, if Metacritic has ever been wrong, if Tom Bramwell has ever been wrong and how to confuse Stuart Campbell. Useful information for anyone involved in video games.

Regular features in this show are Doctor Avatar's Surgery, Non-Intern Simon's Wii U Adventures and Does Non-Intern Simon Currently Love Or Hate Telltale Games? Except Non-Intern Simon is off next week so we won't get updates about the last two features until 2015.

Cheerio!

Team OLL x

Links:
https://twitter.com/jawsew
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?
id=com.byronic.bangman&
referrer=utm_source%3DAndroidPIT
%26utm_medium%3DAndroidPIT
%26utm_campaign%3DAndroidPIT

Track list:
1. Teomawki - Sugar High!
http://chipmusic.org/teomawki/music/sugar-high!
2. Yerzmyey - Bizarre Creature
http://chipmusic.org/yerzmyey/music/bizarre-creature-atari-520st---roland-mt32
3. Klamm - Monsterland
http://chipmusic.org/klamm/music/monsterland
4. UncleBibby - An UncleBibby Christmas
http://chipmusic.org/unclebibby/music/an-unclebibby-christmas-feat-sandro-petrillo

Direct download: OLL_15_12_2014.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 8:39 PM

Do you remember when Non-Intern Simon had a Wii? And can you remember the ultimate fate of that Wii? Non-Intern Simon doesn't which is why he has now bought a Wii U. Betting is now open for how long that Wii U will be actively used for. The winner will get the chance to throw a sack containing bricks, a Wii U controller (that Ann says is rather nice to touch) and some other 'items' into the canal.

This week's Super-Special Guest was the Bionic Man Luke Williams from Bossa Studios (he has had laser eye surgery). He was on the show to talk about his new game I Am Bread and how it is similar to Kim Kardashian's butt. This then caused Ste to get rather existential about raw toast and how it fits in with the world. We found out that I Am Bread was first made during a game jam at Bossa Studios so it could be called a jam sandwich (if you're prepared to give us the benefit of the doubt like Nicholas Parsons on Just A Minute). It's on Steam Early Access now and should be finished early next year.

We heard from Sega Badawi and Simon The Intern caught us up with all the gaming news that Ann missed off because she couldn't connect it to Taylor Swift. And we had the welcome return of our Top Five feature, but it might not be so welcome after all the puns Ste made. Sorry. We also learned that Non-Intern Simon scared Ann at night, what magazines Luke used to read in the old days and that Ste has trouble throwing his Vita.

Cheerio!

Team OLL x

Links:
https://twitter.com/eternz
https://twitter.com/bossastudios

Track list:
1. Uncle Bibby - Pinch Me
http://chipmusic.org/unclebibby/music/pinch-me-korg-dsn-12
2. Kodek - Lazy Fruit
http://chipmusic.org/kodek/music/lazy-fruit
3. MilLs DJ - Like A Kid Again
http://chipmusic.org/mills+dj/music/mills-dj---like-a-kid-again
4. TEOMAWKI - Through My Eyes
http://chipmusic.org/teomawki/music/through-my-eyes

Direct download: OLL_08_12_2014.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 7:58 PM

It's been a busy week. We were mentioned in Shortlist magazine in order to try and give a boost to a little known podcast called Serial. Hopefully this will help it attract the listeners it deserves. Ann's Mum's birthday was on Friday, so we were preparing all kinds of amazing treats and surprises for her. And Non-Intern Simon's drinking buddy Stewart Lee was on Lewis Schaffer's Nunhead Radio Show before us. So could this week's show match up to this?

PRESS REVEAL TO FIND OUT (Assuming 'reveal' is the play button on your mp3 player)

Well this week's Super-Special Guest was Mr Biffo from Digitiser (aka Paul Rose) so that meant there was no way we could fail. Unless we tried to get in our house using an Oyster card. Luckily two of us didn't try this so we got to ask Paul lots of questions about the excellent Digitiser, why he left Teletext, why he's brought Digitiser back and what it was like to write for Dirty Den. Simon also started to write a song for Paul to perform at our Christmas Party which will undoubtedly be amazing. But not as amazing as Digitiser 2000 is.

Sega Badawi provided some Local News and Super Roger World told us more tales from the coal face of digital acting. Not only that but Ste got more obsessed about the Chuckle Brothers than he usually is (which is very), Ann forgot the title of the film Small Soldiers and she also cut her nails.

Oh! And we sold out of tickets for our Christmas Party! But if you missed out on getting a ticket there is a possible chance of getting a ticket. Just listen to the show to find out!

Cheerio!
Team OLL x

Links:
http://www.digitiser2000.com/
https://twitter.com/mrbiffo
http://ollxmas2014.eventbrite.co.uk

Track list:
1. Klamm - Walkers 2nd
http://chipmusic.org/klamm/music/walkers-2nd
2. VCMG - Milky Way
http://chipmusic.org/vcmg/music/milky-way
3. Ocean Palace - The Elders Of Arcturus
http://chipmusic.org/ocean+palace/music/the-elders-of-arcturus
4. 8 Bit Universe - Out Of The Woods
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9UbFjLDazPA

Direct download: OLL_01_12_2014.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 8:04 PM