One Life Left's Podcast

It's the final show of 2010! A time to draw upon everything we've learnt this year and celebrate what a great / terrible year it's been for videogames (which? Help us out). A time, too, to reflect on our personal triumphs and disasters and to produce one more: former or latter, it's One Life Left #138.




In this Episode (which has far more to do with parties than games):


++ Ste and Simon return from three days of drinking at All Tomorrows Parties, stumbling croak-voiced through the episode, guided by Ann and her celebratory mince pies


++ Simon interviews Edgar Wright! That is actually true. The mince pies thing is true too, but still.


++ Ann recalls the best news stories of the year and invents a new party game to do with numbers! She genuinely saves this episode. 


Good on her. And good on you, too, for listening to us in 2010. We've had a wonderful time and are totally grateful for all your letters, tweets, comments and downloads. We'll thank you properly at our CHRISTMAS PARTY, which is this Saturday in London. Please come. Facebook link is here:


We'll see you there. Happy Christmas, New Year and everything else,


Ste, Simon and Ann


Direct download: OLL_s06e18.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:09pm EDT

The call back, a popular comedic device the team learnt about while studying for their sets at Nottingham Game City, involves 'calling back' to a subject you've already discussed with the audience. Howzat relevant? Because, with their videogame standup out of the way, the team can concentrate on something else they don't know how to do. Cricket!



More call backs in Episode #136:


++ The thorny issue of the lateness of the podcast pops up again. At least it's out in the same week this time. Sorry, listener(s).


++ Once again we claim we're going to riff on something AND NEVER DO. I think we must have done that at least a dozen times across the last five years. Still, at least it gives you something to write in about, right?


++ We also threw a fake rock-star-style hissy fit at Resonance before the show started because The Bike Show was hosting a live caller and we like to pretend they get treated better than we do. Which frankly they probably should, but that's not the point, because they don't. So that's sort of to do with calling... Back... too?


That's it. Music on the show from Ultrasyd, Danimal Cannon and pk! pk! No show next week, but do write us letters, send us things and play up, play up and play the game.




Team OLL


Direct download: OLL_s06e17.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 8:37pm EDT

No time for explanation as we're rushing out RIGHT THIS MOMENT to record episode 17, which says more about our scheduling than it does about the quality of this episode of One Life Left. Sorry! It's full of stuff about games except mostly not about games, although there really is some stuff about games this time.



++ Ste talks about Game Connection at Lyon

++ Simon talks about X Factor

++ Ann talks. Just generally, she talks

The name of the episode implies we would like you to send us post. That is still true. We would also like you to come to our Christmas Party. Invite inside the show, or on Facebook, or on our Twitter, etc.

Come to our Christmas Party!


Team OLL


Direct download: OLL_s06e16.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:03pm EDT

After last week's chastening / celebratory debacle, a humbled team return determined to do justice to the One Life Left 'brand'. That means a mix of videogame chat, friendly sniping and a very special gaming guest. We're number one! Well, he is.



Who? Miles Jacobsen, Footballer Manager's gaffer, who gives some inspirational team talk, tells us how we can kill PC gaming and, typically, attempts to flaunt our review policy. 




++ Reviews, news, gossip and EXCLUSIVE information about the seque


++ Information about the One Life Left Christmas Party (17th December!)


++ A brilliant new track by the doyouinverts


One Life Left will be away next Monday (Ste's in Lyon) but back the week after when we'll have more information about the party and all kinds of other stuff. We're sure. We haven't exactly worked it out yet. Ten days is AGES away.


In the meantime, email us, say hi on Twitter, spread the word about the show and we'll add you to our special LOYAL LISTENER lists, etc.


love you,


Team OLL


Direct download: OLL_s06e15.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 11:03am EDT

With their commitments clear for the forseeable future, the demob-happy One Life Left team collectively exhale. For an hour. Injokes, indulgence and intermittent attempts at professionalism, it's an episode that almost never was and probably shouldn't be. Hm. 



Srsly. We almost didn't podcast this; it was going to be a 'lost episode' that the publishers would release long after we'd split up in an attempt to cash in on Simon's notoriety. The other option was to put it up as late in the day as possible, ie on the Monday of the next episode, which is what's happening.


Please find enclosed one episode of One Life Left, featuring Leo Tan, some amazing music, excellent contributions from Derek and Duncan, and us. Being idiots.


Tune in to Resonance 104.4FM tonight at 7pm to hear a better one. Promise.


Team OLL


Direct download: OLL_s06e14.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 10:48am EDT

Excuse the brevity, lateness and general incompetence, but we're Writing this in a hotel four hours before we go on stage for One Laugh Left. So we sort of have other things on our mind. E.g. Being funny / avoiding bottles.



In this episode:


++ Nigel Taylor, who is anything but nasty, joins us to talk about stand-up comedy, how it goes write and how ours could go wrong


++ Other things that we can't remember right now


There was no episode this week because we were too busy 'preparing' for tonight, so apologies for that too. We'll all be back on Monday though and you'll be able to find out what happened (though we're sure you'll have heard about that on our Twitter, anyway) (if you're not following us, why not?).


Wish us luck, Team OLL-ers,


Ste, Simon and Ann


Direct download: OLL_s06e13.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 4:58am EDT

As One Life Left moves closer to its videogame stand-up comedy debut, the team are joined by Actual Real Life Comic Catie Wilkins, who explains to the team what being on stage under pressure to be funny is really like. Turns out it's genuinely no laughing matter.


Ulp. Also this episode (which is the last before the team lose the right to call themselves OFFICIAL BEST BROADCASTERS, incidentally):


++ Poetry from Craig The Rage, new music from the doyouinverts, Derek Williams issues some wisdom from his market stall and Dr Avatar receives another patient


++ Lots of Twitter jokes and Ann receives a suggestion for a feature from a listener. More letters, please, to


++ News, gossip and reviews. Ste reviews Solitaire again. IT HAS BEEN A DIFFICULT WEEK


Music this episode from minusbaby, downstate and Daemon Hatfield.


Join us next Monday (or Thursday for the podcast) when we'll be joined by another comical studio guest. Write and tweet in the meantime. Oh, and if you do something PARTICULARLY nice / helpful we'll add you to our One Life Left Twitter Listeners list, which is a terribly desirable badge of honour, right?


See you soon!


Team OLL xxx

Direct download: OLL_s06e12.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 8:41pm EDT

No special studio guest this episode which means the One Life Left team can forgo politeness and professionalism and just be themselves. What does THAT mean? Pointless pop culture chat, fractious behaviour and the smallest bits of videogame gossip / insight, apparently. It's episode 11!




(Insight? Yes, OK, let's go with that and see if anyone calls us out.)


Also in Episode 11:


++ ALL NEW EX EX EX EXCLUSIVE material from The Doyouinverts! 


++ News on OLL's half-hearted Resonance co


++ A robot comedian


Also music from Copy, L-Tron and Electric Children.


Tickets are now SOLD OUT for the preview show at The Blue Posts on the 23rd. If you want to attend your best shot is to email the address in the show and we'll put you on a waiting list. If you turn up we'll do our best to squeeze you in the room but no guarantees. You can totally drink with us afterwards, though. 


Please do add us on Twitter, tell people about the show and generally perform the services of the marketing budget we wish we had. 


OH. And send us letters! We love your letters.


See you next Monday,


Team OLL




Direct download: OLL_s06e11.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 6:04pm EDT

Let's put videogames to one side for a moment, as if we didn't do that enough already. With under four weeks to go until the One Life Left team's latest public humiliation it's time to get serious. About comedy. 


With that in mind, please welcome Radio 4 comedy producer and very special guest Tilusha to the studio.




++ Videogame features, including Derek Williams!


++ Chiptune music, including tracks by IAYD and Massive Until Morning!


++ Reviews, previews and general gossip.


If that seems vague that's because we recorded this six days ago and every word I type here is another moment this isn't being podcast. SORRY.


Email us some letters. Book tickets for our preview show on the 23rd in London. Add us on Twitter. Do all those kinds of things! Yes! And again, sorry for the podcast delay, we were too busy negotiating a new contract with Resonance. We're demanding a shed! They're demanding professionalism. We'll work something out.

Direct download: OLL_s06e10.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 6:11pm EDT

Stop us if you've heard this one before, but musical guests are like buses. You don't have one for 128 episodes and then two come along at once. What? You've heard if before? And it doesn't really work as a joke? Oh God.



No worries, still plenty of time. 


On this week's show:


++ One Life Left welcomes 8-bit superstars Sabrepulse and Natty to the studio. They chat! They bleep! They play the hits!


++ One Life Left announces a SECRET SPECIAL EVENT for London listeners (or those dedicated / foolish enough to travel down on the 23rd). Listen for details.


++ One Life Left talks about cricket.


Musical contributions include little's scale's brilliant Bitshifter cover, The Rapids by Fighter X and our studio guests. Share and enjoy.


See you Monday, live on 104.4 FM or podcast later in the week. Add us on Twitter! We'll tell you all our secrets, promise. 


Ste, Simon and Ann


Direct download: OLL_s06e09.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 7:31pm EDT