One Life Left's Podcast

As a special Christmas treat, here is the last show of the year uploaded on a Monday for the first time ever this series!

We had Ian Willey and James Everard from My Note Games in the studio to help make the episode even more Christmassy by helping us learn how to play the recorder. We think you'll find it was a huge success. If by success you mean 'as good as Little Mix'.

Our four wise contributors were Derek Williams, Duncan Timiney, Doctor Avatar and Craig 'the Rage' McLelland (live in the studio!). Luckily we didn't have time to include the Grinch Simon 'Parko' Parkin on the show. Daria is also on the podcast, but as the only woman we could think that was associated with Christmas was the Virgin Mary we decided to stop the Christmas analogies.

Truly it is the most wonderful time of the year. Except for when Peter Andre or Katie Price has a documentary on ITV2 or Living.

Team OLL x

Direct download: OLL_12_12_11.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 4:08pm EDT

We hit the ground running mid-theme on this week's episode as the stream didn't work. Luckily our hero was Resonance's own Chris, who managed to retrieve this episode. And we're grateful that we did as we have a Super-Special Guest in the form of Lewie Procter from Savy Gamer. We ask him about how to save money on videogames, but really we were more interested in finding out when the Rock Paper Shotgun Annual General Meeting was taking place. We plan on forming an 'Occupy RPS' commune outside the venue where these fat cats will be (actually we rather like RPS, it's just an excuse to do some chants - chanting is the same as karaoke right?).

The excellent Derek Williams and Odds On OD return to our features and Daria changes things with the Command Market Economy, although the actual games in the chart aren't that different.

There's also more news about the traitorous and perverted Simon 'Parko' Parkin. Honestly, that boy is becoming a lost cause. To think, we stood up for him after his incredibly wrong Uncharted 3 score.

Team OLL x

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Category:Show -- posted at: 2:22pm EDT

Now you may think that we're a bit harsh slagging off our rivals that only work through Medium Wave, but at least we don't go as far as Simon's company does to other PR firms. It's mostly the fault of our SSG and FOTS Pete Oliver from Namco Bandai as his Fight Club brings out the alpha male in all of us, apart from Ste and Ann who just want to do karaoke (for a change).

We try to keep the show as Skyrim and karaoke free as possible, but we may lapse into speaking about it for a few brief moments. And it was mostly Pete that caused it. Honest. And he was definitely acting in an official Namco capacity when he confirmed the Xbox Loop and agreed to sponsor the newly announced OLLCON that is being held in January (LEGAL DISCLAIMER: He definitely wasn't. Or was he?)

Old School fans of One Life Left will hear some names dropped that may cause memories in the back of your minds, and two of those come back to do some excellent features. As does Daria who may have cause to worry about one of the returning contributors...

Team OLL x

Direct download: OLL_28_11_11.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:23pm EDT

Remember when we kept annoying you lot by going on about the karaoke? Well we're not going to do the same with our Christmas Party as you'll find out in this week's episode. We even keep our Skyrim talk to a minimum - sixty minutes is a minimum right?

Ste and Simon offer the warmest of non-secrective handshakes and Ann offers her laptop to Tris Defries of Rising Star Games. He tells us about the latest in Japanese games and we try to improve our listening skills by talking over him.

As well as Daria, we welcome the return of Doctor Avatar and Craig 'the Rage' McClelland. And there's also Kory from the Miriam Webster Dictionary Service who helps us soar like an eagle, before making us crash like a bandicoot.

Team OLL x

Direct download: OLL_21_11_11.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:57pm EDT

We may go on about the latest Big New Game a bit too much in this episode. But we find time to stop talking about COD:MW3 and mention Skyrim a few times. Well more than a few times. In fact we mention it so much that our recording cut out for thirty seconds partway through Ste's review of Skyrim, but we feel confident that this won't affect your knowledge of Skyrim. You might not realise how much Ste likes to drink in parks though. If we get the FULL UNEDITED review then we'll make it available, although we might have to improve our sneaking skills so we can get it past The Man first.

As well as impressing Ann with our Skyrim talk, we also have Nik Blower from Nordic Games on the show and he seems just as into Skyrim as Ann does. He manages to pull us away from Skyrim for a few moments so that he can talk about his new We Sing game. However, he fails to tell us that Muenchner Freiheit are on We Sing Deutsche Hits (except it's not Keeping The Dream Alive - fingers crossed for the sequel though!).

The majority of our contributors were too busy playing Skyrim to send anything in this week, but Daria managed to get something to us. It was, as usual, amazing. But not as amazing as Skyrim.

Team OLL x

Direct download: OLL_14_11_11.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 3:36pm EDT

Surprisingly, despite two of the team being within lawsuit distance on J Bieber we don't go on about him all episode and instead talk about videogames. Yes, it's that time of year when the Christmas lights go on, tops come off and One Life Left actually mention games.

After having no super-special guests we go overboard this episode with both Oli Clarke Smith and Phil Crabtree from Quarter Punch Circle Game Works in the studio and also Jen from The Bike Show making a cameo appearance. Whilst Oli and Phil were perfect guests talking about their excellent game Wonton 51, Jen was a totally different proposition. Why did she keep making notes when Ste was moving the faders? Why did she keep talking into the collar of her jacket? What reason could she have for leaving the show part way through? We'll make sure to ask her when we have lunch with her at the sushi restaurant she's invited us to.

As for contributors we've got three of those as well. Daria turns all Rory Bremners on us and shows her amazing range of voices, Odds On OD gives us some useful tips and Craig sends us all back to our University dorms through his poetry.

Team OLL x

Direct download: OLL_07_11_11.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 3:32pm EDT

First off, we're sorry. You'll find out why in this week's episode.

Secondly, we're really sorry. Because we didn't have a guest booked for this week's episode so we have to talk about what we got up to in the week.

Thirdly, we're really, truly sorry. For ruining our annual pilgrimage up to the Midlands (Nottingham is as far north as Ann is prepared to go*) with drunken antics and flower based shenanigans.

Hang on, apart from the flower bit (which totes wasn't our fault) don't we do this every episode after Gamecity? Oh yeah, it's all coming back to us now! Anyway, in between blurry, drunken memories Daria and Duncan help us understand Halloween in Russia and Rivalries in games (no mention of us versus Eurogamer though).  Ariel answers another question from a listener sandwiched between some bleeping noises and Ste also gives the definitive Uncharted 3 review that will blow the whole games industry open!

Team OLL x

* Although we hear our caretaker works in the website mines in Yorkshire. He is a braver man than us.
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Category:Show -- posted at: 4:34pm EDT

It's another amazing show with your favourite pop group One Life Left. Today, joining  Simon (the tops off totty!), Ste (the shy and sensitive one!) and Scanters (the girl!) is music industry expert Paulina Bozek! She talks to us about fashion, Singstar, J Bieber turning on the Christmas lights (relax girls, he's sort-of dating someone!) and when is the optimum time to take your top off while singing!

Ahem, sorry - I don't know what happened there. I'm sure once we do our karaoke night this Friday we'll get all the pop out of our system. Except for Ann and Ste.

But it's another excellent, possibly GMA winning episode today with Daria and Craig providing some excellent features. There's also the return of someone who hasn't been on FM radio for a long while, it certainly surprised us when we got his e-mail. Mostly because we thought he wouldn't get out so qucikly.

Team OLL x

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Category:Show -- posted at: 4:45pm EDT

The alternative title for this one was going to be Nagoya Rumpus 8, but we thought that was going to be too obscure, even for our listeners. If you do get it, then award yourself an extra FOTS point.

The FOTS/SSG for this OLL episode is the VVG Marie Foulston from the much, much better than OK Wild Rumpus. As she wasn't developing any games (well, none that she'd tell us about) we were light on colour EXCLUSIVES, but we did manage to find out that Wild Rumpus will be collaborating with us at our karaoke night during GameCity. It's like when Peter met Jordan. They might even be at our Christmas party, along with Rock Paper Shotgun. Because the one thing our Christmas parties need are more people in the small-ish upper deck of the Blue Posts.

In the run up to the GMAs our contributors still bring excellent features with Daria's Command and Flu Market Economy and Duncan looks at big packages because Simon told him to.

Perhaps we should have asked our new contributor, Siri, if we're going to win the GMAs this year. Then we would know how much to drink at this year's awards. Oh well, we'll have to drink enough to forget, just like every other year.

Team OLL x

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Category:Show -- posted at: 3:46pm EDT

It seems like it was only last week that Perestroika happened (or was it Glasnost, we find it so hard to tell with these modern haircuts) and One Life Left was made free of the cruel oppressor that took over our airwaves for three minutes every week. Oh, who are we kidding, we still miss you and your constantly self-promoting ways Derek. But Comrade Daria is hopefully a worthy replacement with her Command Market Economy.

Our super-special guest Alex May, tries to hide some exclusives from us and - for the most part - he succeeds, but we manage to get some colours announced for our fans of colours in games. He also has a smooth voice that made at least one person in the OLL chat room go weak at the knees. But that might have been when they saw how much a hotel room in Nottingham costs.

Apologies for the delay in uploading this, there were issues with our caretaker's broadband. We also have the usual apology for anyone offended by Craig's poem, but you should be used to that by now.

Team OLL x

Direct download: OLL_10_10_11.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 5:10am EDT