One Life Left's Podcast

There was a chance that Ste was nearly not going to make the recording of this show. He claims it was because the train was late, but did he stop for a pasty? And if so had it cooled enough for it to still be VAT free? Or did he mean the other type of pasty?

At least FOTS Leo Tan managed to make it on time to the show and he came all the way from America. How is he finding it across the pond? Has he offended the whole country yet or just their videogame journalists? All will be revealed in this episode.

We also have a new feature in Press XY to Continue, Derek Williams provides us with another Free Market Economy and we explain the reasoning behind the tweet we made to Daniel Nye Griffiths during the show. Unfortunately while we were recording this episode Polygon broke into our houses and took photos of where we 'game', expect to see that bit under the stairs where Simon's Wii used to live on their website soon :(

This will be the last episode before Christmas so enjoy the Winterval (sorry Ann)!

Team OLL x


1. Klamm - T E R M I N A T E D

2. Jan Hacker - The Thirteenth Christmas Number 3

3. Jredd - Firecracker

Direct download: OLL_17_12_2012.mp3
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If there's one person that One Life Left chooses to follow as their leader in life other than Taylor Swift or Martin Hollis then it has to be Dean Gaffney. So when we read that he had applied to join MI5 we thought that if we got an actual spy on the show then it would help us in our quest to Be Like Dean.

Unfortunately Simon read the e-mail wrong and booked Matthew Reynolds, gaming editor for Digital Spy. But that actually turned out to be a great decision as we're a radio show about videogames and we're not sure Judi Dench would be able to tell us much about the Wii U (although Nintendo have probably signed her up for an advert).

Matthew tells us what it's like to work for the Internet's fourteenth best website and what the Wii U is actually like to play as Nintendo didn't send us one after that incident with Shigsy we can't talk about. He also manages to avoid staring at Simon's massive coldsore, getting confused by Ste's hungover questioning and the thing Ann did that was literally unbroadcastable.

However, he did let slip about the housewarming party that he's holding on the same day as our Christmas Party. So that's our after party sorted, we just have the hotel lobby and the room to arrange now. 

Team OLL x



1. Jredd - Limitless

2. Peekachoo - Pilgrimage

3. Ocean palace - Tetrahydrocannabinol

4. Hektagon - Tayo

Direct download: OLL_03_12_2012.mp3
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Here's a transcript that one of Team OLL had with their boyfriend on the recently banned ios game Boyfriend Maker:

"I love going on dates with you"

"Nothing much"

"Have you listened to the latest One Life Left? It has Ed Fear from Mediatonic on there. He helps the team design their new social game that will take over the world."

"Robots and humans will always live in peace with each other!"

"There's also a discussion about Peter Molyneux and how amazing his name game will be. Although we're a bit worried with what's happened to Milo. Do you see Milo where you are?"

"Oops I don't know what to say..."

"You don't have to say anything. Unless you can say if you've seen Pat Garrett and Julian 'Jaz' Rignall in the same room together"


"Perhaps they'll be at the OLL Christmas Party to be held on December 15th."

"Up momma's house."

"I think that's the after party."

"Oh yea sorry"

"What happens after the afterparty?"

"Depends on what you believe"

"Ann says it's the hotel lobby"


"What do you think of Derek Williams?"

"She's a beautiful girl who stands up for what she think is right and doesnt let what people say get to her. She's had a rough life but with her friends and family she will make it through just fine."


"I really know she is very kind on u and she love u so much right? and she is very cutie :)"

"If you were to score our date out of ten, what would you give it?"




Team OLL x



1. Volt 44 - Twenty Two

2. Auxcide - Blue Planet - Earthscape - Eos[live-raw]

3. Solarbear - Pterodactyls

4. Ferretboy - Gameboy Dreams

Direct download: OLL_26_11_12.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 3:14pm EDT

Due to circumstances beyond our control (his football kit was still in the wash) Ste couldn't make it in today, so naturally we got on to hypothetical phone to ask our hypothetical friends at Hookshot Lnc if we could borrow Parko to be a guest presenter. The language we heard down the phone we literally unbroadcastable (although that doesn't appear to stop them having a podcast) so we had to turn to Gav Murphy from Regular Features instead. Which actually turned out to be such a good idea that we're now pretending the call to Hookshot Lnc was actually a hypothetical one.


And as well as Gav we had a Super-Special Guest in the form of Rising Star Games' Yen Hau. Despite failing in his role as product marketing manager by not bringing in any food, he did manage to give us some Deadly Premonition t-shirts that we'll give away next week to the best letters.


We also told you about our excellent Christmas Party which looks likely to be our best ever. Mostly because we're doing some actual planning this time around, which as you'll all know is very unlike us. If you fancy coming then go to



Team OLL x




1. SpellingPhailer - Coffe and Crayons

2. Soleviio - The Boy who fought the Lightning


3. Dr. RemiX - Dub Quest

Direct download: OLL_19_11_12.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 3:58pm EDT

It's not often we have someone on the show who started in videogames around the same time as Simon, usually because they've seen Simon with his top off so often that they refuse to be near him again, but SSG Steve Boxer is a man who is prepared to take that risk. We ask him what it is like to work under a leader/dessert eater like Keith Stuart at the Guardian and the difficulties that were had working under a maker of rudie magazines*. We also told an ENTIRELY HYPOTHETICAL story about Keith Stuart's GTA5 interview.

And at least Steve had somewhere to go after the show as he had been invited to the Codblopsii event. All we had to do was to watch Ste walk around London in his Stockport County kit muttering to himself about Taylor Swift and Westfield. Come on PRs, invite us to your new launch parties, we're totally prepared to sell ourselves for some tiny hamburgers and sixty dollars. And that's to share between us.


Team OLL x 

* We're trying to not attract the attentions of work filters.



1. Switch-On - Old Abandoned Cave

2. Indiaton - spooked 

Direct download: OLL_12_11_2012.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:34pm EDT

There's one thing we pride ourselves on at One Life Left and it's our professionalism. Actually, that might be an over-exaggeration, but we enjoy being Europe's only Videogame FM Radio Show as it means we have to show a bit more class than those AM radio or internet only shows. There's always a chance that a SSG could ruin things for us, so we make sure that they are well informed about the three rules of radio. If they break any of those then we could be in trouble.

Lucky then that there's no chance our SSSSG (Super-Sub Super-Special Guest) Hamish Todd from Girih Games would break those rules and cause us any problems right? Of course not. Instead Hamish tells us about how easy it is to not finish stuff and how Jonathan Blow is an inspiration when designing games (which goes against one of Simon's personal rules of videogame radio). We also possibly uncover an explanation as to why Ron Atkinson (breaker of rule number 3) kept referring to a footballing move as 'eyebrows'.

As well as this we have our regular features with Derek Williams, Simon Offends A Country (France this time), Wondering Which Animals Have Breasts on their Backs and a round-up of our new social media enterprise #chatterbOLLx. Ok, one of those is a regular feature, but surely the other three must return in future episodes. And we don't mention Taylor Swift as much as we thought we would (that's likely to happen next week).

Team OLL x 



1. Ultrasyd - I Will Dance Now! (STe)!-ste 

2. nonfinite - Eclipse (Note! Snare Rush Mix)!-snare-rush-mix

Direct download: OLL_05_11_2012.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 4:20pm EDT

In a land of distrust, and a time of hashtags, the destiny of a great videogame empire rests on the shoulders of a young radio show and podcast. Its name... One Life Left.

Although we should probably give grudging respect to our two Super-Special Guests who also help us discuss how videogame journalism is going to the dogs. In the corner of the fine upstanding British Game Press we have Rob Crossley, Associate Editor from CVG. He talks about the differences between the trade press and the consumer press. SPOILERS: There aren't many differences nowadays as long as you're interested in paint.

In the other corner representing American Gaming Journalism we have Leigh Alexander, Editor-at-large at Gamasutra and part-time Weather Girl. As well as telling us how the UK and US games press differs, she informs us about Wuzzles and gives us tips on the best way to get a free PS3.

And because of what's happening in journalism it means we can't go on about our karaoke as much as we usually do. We know, we've got sad faces all round as well. We do have time to talk about Derek Williams' amazing stage presence and how it helps make you more attractive to the opposite sex. If you want to join the Derek Williams Fan Club then please send a postal order for five pounds attached to a self-addressed Games Media Award to One Life Left c/o Resonance FM.

All this and the return of Craig The Rage? We spoil you sometimes.



1. Volt 44 - Dime and a Half 

2. severeTstormer - Dunce Dance 

3. National Broadcast Network - Disco Train

Direct download: OLL_29_10_12.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 3:32pm EDT

We'll admit it, losing the GMA this year hit us hard. People take loss in different ways and we decided to imagine it was a happier time. Say three years ago when people actually liked us enough to give us awards. Or send in letters.

One person who still likes us is Paul Kercal, our Super-Special Guest for this week's episode. He cheered us up by doing some amazing drawings on his numerous tablets, which we'll be uploading to the website soon. It was also interesting to hear how he first met Simon, which may have been the first 'first meeting of Simon' story that could actually be broadcast on the radio.

But how did Ann first meet Ste? The truth (as imagined by Simon) will be heard in this episode. There's also a birthday shout-out to Friend of the Show Leigh Alexander who will also be attending our Videogame Karaoke that is happening this Thursday at 9pm in Nottingham (as long as you're reading this before the event has started).

It all adds up to another excellent episode of One Life Left! Well, apart from losing the GMAs again. That bit really sucked.



1. Zeropass - Bound to Nothing 

2. The VIRUS Empire - Proximity Defense

3. skyhaunt - Ghost Night Festival 

4. Les Incoiffables - Mayuko Takata

Direct download: OLL_22_10_12.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 3:36pm EDT

We're in full preparation for the GMAs which for most nominees means they're getting speeches ready in case they win, but in our case we're just doing lots of press-ups with our tops off to get ready to push over various gaming luminaries. If you're going there be warned: you could be on our list. (There is no list, we just push over people who get within range if we've had enough to drink).

Luckily our super-special guests Ben Hogg and Daniela Pietrosanu from board game distributors Esdevium didn't need to be pushed into coming on our show. They were won over by our possibly award-winning professionalism such as Ste turning up literally as we were going on air, Ann cracking up at one of her own jokes and Simon. We did get lots of good board gaming ideas and got annoyed at those licensing deals that mean we can't buy the Uncharted board game over here. Perhaps we should ask Lord Sir Charles Cecil to buy us one when he's over in America picking up his Kickstarter millions.

Annoyingly Ann forgot to ask Ben and Daniela about her idea for SingStar: Take That The Board Game. We're sure she'll have a working version available at our Christmas party for us all to enjoy.


Team OLL x 



1. Solarbear - How to Properly Use a Semi Colon

2. National Broadcast Network - Our Eyes Will Become Lasers 

3. hutsvoid - On the... 

4. Sketchman3 - Nite Ride 

5. Jredd - Beyond (our CD skipped a bit so listen to the proper version) 

Direct download: OLL_15_10_12.mp3
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The full team is back this week and no substitutions were allowed this week. Ann fancied a day off, but she knew that people depend on her for her in depth video game news that you can't get anywhere else. Except perhaps Europegamer (although they never end their news stories on an incredibly funny joke).

There was also no Super-Special Guest so this allowed the team to look at the biggest gaming stories in more detail. Which were mostly about us, obviously. Not only did we go through last week's Videogame Karaoke but we also announced that there will be another Videogame Karaoke at Not'num GameCity along with lots of Videogame based drink. Keep Thursday October 25th free. Unless you're Ann and tell everyone (incorrectly) that it was the Wednesday.

Another big story is that City of Heroes is still closing and being fans of the underdogs (especially if they are also fans of us and send us songs to play on the show) we put our name behind the campaign to keep it open. We fully expect NCSoft to reverse their decision pretty soon since our announcement.

We also try to see how the Government decides how a videogame is British. And get pretty confused. So business as usual then. Luckily Derek Williams and Doctor Avatar still know what they are doing and provide us with more top quality features. 


Team OLL x 



1. Klamm - Coffee Turbo 

2. YERZMYEY - Fifteen Colours 

3. Curt the Camera Guy Arndt - I Want My City Back

4. Jredd - Transcend 

Direct download: OLL_08_10_12.mp3
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