Wed, 17 December 2014
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.
Team OLL x
1. Teomawki - Sugar High!
2. Yerzmyey - Bizarre Creature
3. Klamm - Monsterland
4. UncleBibby - An UncleBibby Christmas
Direct download: OLL_15_12_2014.mp3
-- posted at: 3:39pm EST
Wed, 10 December 2014
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.
Team OLL x
1. Uncle Bibby - Pinch Me
2. Kodek - Lazy Fruit
3. MilLs DJ - Like A Kid Again
4. TEOMAWKI - Through My Eyes
Direct download: OLL_08_12_2014.mp3
-- posted at: 2:58pm EST
Wed, 3 December 2014
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!
Team OLL x
1. Klamm - Walkers 2nd
2. VCMG - Milky Way
3. Ocean Palace - The Elders Of Arcturus
4. 8 Bit Universe - Out Of The Woods
Direct download: OLL_01_12_2014.mp3
-- posted at: 3:04pm EST
Wed, 26 November 2014
It's been a week of ups and downs for Team OLL this week. Non-Intern Simon did his back in, but did meet his best mate Terry Alderton. Ann burst her eardrum, but she did find the smoke machine at our last Marioke session. Ste got caught googling Evangeline Lilly, but he did get to google Evangeline Lilly.
This week's Super-Special Guest was Phillip Asha from Trendy Entertainment. He had flown in from Florida to come on the show and boy were his arms tired! As well as giving us a chance to use that extremely poor joke Phillip was here to tell us all about Dungeon Defenders 2, how it is hard to make a sequel to a well-loved game and to not give us an exclusive. We also used Ann to calculate how much Trendy Entertainment had grown by and we think the answer she gave was correct.
Not only that but Doctor Avatar and Sega Badawi gave their usual excellent contributions, but it is the final appearance of Derek Williams for a while. Hopefully he'll return again soon. Perhaps he'll even be at our Christmas Party, which we subtly mention during the show. At the time of writing over half the tickets have gone so we advise buying your ticket now (unless you weren't coming anyway (which is a impossible situation)).
Oh and it was Non-Intern Simon's birthday! Happy birthday Non-Intern Simon!
Team OLL x
1. Solar Lune- JetLine
2. Anamanaguchi - Pop It
3. Klamm - Back To Reality
Direct download: OLL_24_11_14.mp3
-- posted at: 2:39pm EST
Wed, 19 November 2014
The full team is finally back and we're not going anywhere. Except for Ann, who is going to Oslo in the near future. And Ste will probably have to do another talk somewhere far away. Oh, and Simon's train will most likely get delayed at some point. But Simon The Intern In The Corner will still be here for you.
And this week you also have Kirsten and Jon from Sidekick Books! They explain to us what it's like doing Videogame poetry (Craig will never tell us), how to do two player poetry and how Kieron Gillen was ahead of us (again). You'll enjoy their poetry even if Ste got slightly competitive in proving it wasn't as good as Marioke.
Sega Badawi has some local news and Derek Williams takes us by the hand and leads us through the streets of Doncaster. Where he'll show us something that'll make us change our minds.
Oh! And we officially announce the date of our Christmas party. But not the location. Or the price of the tickets. Or the Super-Special Guests! So keep Friday 19th December free and be somewhere in London.
Team OLL x
1. Hurrigameboy - Eyes Closed Fingers Crossed
2. Fantastic Mr Lenix - Hoax Town
3. Brother Android - Wells Branch Park, Evening
Direct download: OLL_17_11_14.mp3
-- posted at: 2:12pm EST
Wed, 12 November 2014
Hurrah! Ste is back from celebrating noted theme tune composer Iain Cook's birthday. Boo! Ann has a cold from GameCity. Boo! Simon is away for some unspecified reason. Hurrah! We have Dan Stubbs on the show as our Super-Special Guest.
And it was good that Dan came all the way from Plymouth to be on the show as his game - The Hit - sounded excellent. Dan taught Ste how to kill people properly and clarified that Ste does work for The Agency. Ann just wanted to use the game engine to make a Taylor Swift concert, but that's her standard response for anything these days.
In terms of features Derek Williams came back for another shop related song, Doctor Avatar treated another injury and Sega Badawi reported on some local news. We also explained about #THWEDNESDAY and how it differs from #THIRDSDAY (it's pretty difficult to follow).
Team OLL x
1. Alex Ochoa and Laffe The Fox - No Puedo Decirte Adios
2. Starman Stan - Copacetic
3. The One Electronic - Effervescent Iridescent
4. Maru303 - Trip Or Treat
Direct download: OLL_10_11_14.mp3
-- posted at: 3:46pm EST
Wed, 5 November 2014
It's time for the post-GameCity episode and this one is no exception. Because - as usual - GameCity was fantastic and everyone who attended our amazing Marioke session are automatically FOTS and will be removed from the list. Except for Pip. She knows what she did.
And once again Ste was absent from this show. Apparently he was at a friend's birthday party which we think was being held at the Wacky Warehouse and, because he was waiting for a responsible adult to pick him up, he couldn't make it back in time. However in order to compensate for this we had two (count 'em - two!) Super-Special Guests on the show. There was Size Five Games' Dan Marshall and Mike Cook from Ann's old alma mater Goldsmiths, University of London.
We found out all about Dan's new game the Swindle, found out what he thinks about looking at pasties online and what he thinks is the 51st best game of all time. Mike told us about how you can create games by doing nothing (apart from doing a lot of programming at the beginning), upset Dan with this information (but then cheered him up) and explained his procedural gamejam (that's already sold out).
We also found out about what you need to do if you find a Mike Bithell in your house, make an allegation about Jonathan Smith and Ann explains what a bot is. Super Roger World and Sega Badawi provided some features. That we played between some excellent chiptunes and us talking.
Team OLL x
1. YERZMYEY - Chasing
2. VCMG - Orbital
3. Jredd (feat. groovemaster 303) - Technocolor Street
Direct download: OLL_03_11_14.mp3
-- posted at: 4:01pm EST
Wed, 29 October 2014
We start this episode having to say goodbye to an unsung member of Team OLL. One who has played an integral part in numerous episodes and we're not sure if we'll ever be the same again. Farewell Ann's nose stud (unless she's found you again).
However, we decided against making this episode a memorial to the memory of the stud and instead chose to ask this week's Super-Special Guest Read Only Memory's Darren Wallabout his own piercings. Oh, and we asked him about ROM's new book about the Sega Megadrive which was written by the fifth-placed loser of the Journalist's Journalist award at this year's GMAs. Or Keith Stuart as he is commonly known. We tried to find out who is the subject of the next book that Darren is working on, but instead got annoyed at the acknowledgment section in Keith's book.
Ann found out about a different type of STI, Simon got annoyed with public transport and Ste got confused about where ducklings live. We also debated the sexiness of Bitmap Brother Eric Matthews and had features from Sega Badawi and Super Roger World.
Make sure to come and sing with us at GameCity if you're there or if you can't make it then come to our Christmas Party which we'll confirm next week. Maybe.
Team OLL x
1. Volt 44 - Night Of The Living Dead
2. Mister Beep - Slowing Down The Chaos
3. Syobonaction - Lilos
4. Groovemaster 303 - Pump It
Direct download: OLL_27_10_2014.mp3
-- posted at: 4:05pm EST
Wed, 22 October 2014
WARNING: Simon once again forgets about sound levels and decides to shout "Get out" at a very loud volume fairly early on in this episode. This will be very annoying, so be prepared. Guy Cocker never has to put up with stuff like this. Sorry.
But the rest of the show is at a good level for listening to. The quality? Well that's for you to decide. Ste is back for the first show in four weeks and as if to add the pressure we had Simon the intern doing some independent verification on how well we produce a radio show. Luckily we had an excellent Super-Special Guest in Laughing Jackal's Alasdair Evans who spoke about his latest release, the py-rogue-a-like Flame Over, if it has any ghosts in it and what Sony Mobile are like to work for.
Ste temporarily changed into being a thesaurus, Ann went overboard with the selfie stick and Simon had a weird emphasis on the word 'spreads'. We also had features from Super Roger World, Sega Badawi and possibly a Super-Special-Secret Contributor!
All from the GMA's second-favourite Radio Show or Podcast :(
Team OLL x
1. Weave Of K - Open Spaces
2. Klamm - Robot Warrior Plus
3. Bitamin - Connected
Direct download: OLL_20_10_2014.mp3
-- posted at: 1:53pm EST
Wed, 15 October 2014
We're sorry that we weren't on air last week, but Ann Life Left was so great that we felt you would need an extra week to recover. Whilst we allowed Simon to come back on air after he promised that he had learnt his lesson, Ste was being belligerent so we left him on a mountain in Norway. This resulted in a different show to the ones that you're used to. A show where mic levels and timetables were not appreciated.
However our Super-Special Guest Christos Reid was someone that we greatly appreciated. He came in at extremely short notice and proved to be an excellent guest. So much so that Simon had to merge the reviews and letters sections, but it was done so smoothly that you'll never notice. We found about Christos' time in media, why he created a game jam and what his Dad thought of his games.
Dr. Avatar made an appearance along with Sega Badawi. Sega has been moaning for ages about needing a weather presenter to help his local news feature so Simon and Ann decided to give a break to Cara Ellison who was in the middle of a typhoon in Japan. In the weeks to come we'll be auditioning Helen Lewis for our economics editor and Simon 'Parko' Parkin to be our Eye In The Sky.
Ste will be returning next week and we'll be moaning about losing in the GMAs. Unless something amazing happens! Other than this week's #THIRDSDAY which will definitely be amazing!
Team OLL x
1. Boy Without Batteries - Shake It Off
2. Volt 44 - Rockhawk
3. Arlen - Galactic Snax
Direct download: OLL_13_10_2014.mp3
-- posted at: 1:46pm EST
Wed, 1 October 2014
Sometimes - if we've been really good and very lucky - Ste and Simon are both unable to get to the studio. This means that Ann is given free reign and can curate her own videogame radio show. So we welcome into the studio Rock Paper Shotgun's Philippa Warr as a Super-Special Co-Presenter and Leigh Alexander, Mitu Khandaker-Kokoris, Kerry Turner and Monica Ion as the Super-Special Guests.
In addition to the four SSGs we had messages from all around the world from Arielle Grimes, Tina Kalinger, Nathalie De Los Santos and Merritt Kopas telling us about how they work with games. Thanks again to everyone who contributed to this episode.
Next week all will be back to normal, for which we can only apologise.
Team OLL x
1. infodrive - You Won't Remember Me
2. powersupply - Underwater Cavern
3. my.Explosion - Why Do You Care?
Direct download: OLL_29_09_2014.mp3
-- posted at: 3:29pm EST
Wed, 24 September 2014
It's the second week back from our summer holiday's so obviously Team OLL are back to working perfectly in alignment. Except for the slightly dodgy start at the beginning, but that happens to every podcast and radio show right?
As usual after a #THIRDSDAY we analyse in rigorous details what were the successes (everything) and what were the failures (nothing). Except this time Simon wasn't there as he wanted to awkwardly interact with the repeating funny man who repeats things repeatedly Stewart Lee. Luckily this week's Super-Special Guest Ed Fear didn't meet Stewart Lee so he should have been at #THIRDSDAY, but he wasn't. So where was he then?
We never found out the answer to this so instead we decided to ask Ed about his new game which is Pigeon Dating sim Hatoful Boyfriend. Unfortunately we got confused about whether doves were pigeons, so we had to rely on Simon's wife on asking most of the questions. By the end of the show Simon and Ed were new BFFs which must have meant we were doing something right.
Ann started working as an amateur game designer, which didn't start that well and we perfected our video game producer impressions. Sega Badawi and Super Roger World made appearances too.
Ste and Simon are away next week which means next week is hosted by Ann. These are rare events but are always excellent so make sure you tune in!
Team OLL x
1. Klamm - 8 bit shines
2. Jenny and the giants - I Wanna Be Your Lover
3. VCMG - Fphunk
Direct download: OLL_22_09_14.mp3
-- posted at: 3:45pm EST
Wed, 17 September 2014
Oh my God we're back again. Our summer break was so hectic that our parents refused to let us hang out with each other and it's only since school has started that we've been able to get together and talk about games and stuff.
Luckily Ollie Clarke is seen as a good influence so we were allowed to talk to him at great length about the amazing new game that he is working on - LA Cops. Unfortunately he wasn't allowed to tell us the exclusive news that he wanted to tell us, but if any synesthetes could translate what we did manage to find out it would help us greatly. We also found out if there was a red line between Simon and Ollie. What we found out may shock you (sorry we've got to get this habit out of our system).
Ann brought back an old joke but with a new twist, Ste tried to find out when it was best to ignore people, Simon had headphone and bag problems and we all got confused about what makes a niche. (Cheese, eggs, milk, cream and pastry - Hard of hearing Ed) We also had a really good discussion about GamerGate but chose to delete it from the podcast as we felt the general public wouldn't be able to cope with the truth. If it is included on this episode then something went wrong and we advise you not to listen to it.
What we do advise you to listen to are the features performed by Sega Badawi and Super Roger World. And our singing at the fifth #THIRDSDAY of the year! If you get this podcast on the day that it is released then you have NO EXCUSE for not attending. Unless you're Simon.
Team OLL x
1. Legacy - Sad Machine (overheated remix)
2. Kremland - Disgo/CHROME
3. Klamm - Mega Man Rescues The Pink Girl
Direct download: OLL_15_09_2014.mp3
-- posted at: 3:53pm EST
Wed, 13 August 2014
This episode was actually recorded two weeks ago so prepare yourself for vintage/retro One Life Left. Ann had a karaoke injury, Simon was in a grump and Ste was possibly replaced by an imposter so we had to use the latest in eye tracking technology to suss him out.
Luckily we had an excellent Super-Special Guest in Ground Shatter's James Parker who came all the way from Bristol just to be on our show. Actually, this is why the episode is two weeks late as knowing the state of Britain's public transport he'll probably only just be getting home now! He told us what it was like to work with Mike Bithell before fame changed him, what you buy when you quit your job and - more importantly - a bit about the King of Fighters style game that he's working on.
And that's not all! We also had Vlambeer's Rami Ismail and the Train Jam's Adriel Wallick dropping in. Rami talked about his games distribution helpsite / Lady Diana's dead boyfriend tribute site http://dodistribute.com/ whilst Adriel needed hashtag branding advice for the next Train Jam that's going to be held. Annoyingly it's not being held the day before Wednesday otherwise the most apt hashtag would be #ChooChooChoosday.
We also had Sega Badawi make a recorded appearance and lots of amazing letters from our amazing listeners. Hope you enjoy the summer holidays!
Team OLL x
1. Laffe The Fox - Heaven for Monsters
2. Stinkbug - Starlight Mall
3. Volt 44 - Zero
4. Klamm - Remember Super Mario/Super Mario Isn't Dead
Direct download: OLL_28_07_2014.mp3
-- posted at: 4:09pm EST
Tue, 22 July 2014
One Life Left returns after a two week break and everything has changed. Or at least one thing has: the caretaker is on holiday, which means Ste is back to uploading the podcast which means it's frankly some kind of miracle that you're even reading this. If there's a second miracle and you can hear it too, here's what to expect:
* Super special guest Rachael Reynolds talks Sunless Sea, Fallen London, drops some exclusive news involving another dev studio and teaches us how to do interviews
* The team discuss their various engagements, including Simon's fun at Develop, Ste's adventures in Joensuu and Ann's trip to Kelis
* There's some promotion for the not-at-all-confusing third #THIRDSDAY, this time on a Wednesday, i.e. potentially tonight, so see you at The Loading Bar
* Reviews, news, features, letters, etc. And lots of music, talking of which...
1. Iron Ore - Sentiment
2. Klamm - Score
3. Calavera - About Us
4. Motionride - Whatever You Wish
Direct download: OLL_21_07_14.mp3
-- posted at: 9:23pm EST
Wed, 9 July 2014
After her adventures in journalism Ann is moving into new worlds. She's going to join Pip in our roster of esport athletes by winning the co-ed Hearthstone tournament. The only possible spanner in this plan is that she doesn't really know what Hearthstone is. Will she be able to learn this important information during the show?
While Ann's working this out we interviewed this week's Super-Special Guest - Iain Simons from GameCity. We quizzed him about why GameCity is amazing (mostly for Iain to say why we're amazing), corrected him about the GameCity prize winners and found out about what's happening at the closing ceremony. But will the Sheriff that's attending the closing ceremony be Alan Rickman or Tony Robinson?
We also brain stormed ideas for what we're going to do for this year's GameCity, then gave up and offered you (yes you!) the chance to do it for us. Not only that, but we were given an EXCLUSIVE about an attendee that has got our pushing arms twitching in anticipation. In addition to all this amazing info we had features from Super Roger World and Sega Badawi.
Team OLL x
1. Ypmid - Puzzles
2. 8 Bit Kidd - Slow death
3. Arc Of Dream - Descent
4. Cam - Safe Banana
Direct download: OLL_07_07_14.mp3
-- posted at: 2:43pm EST
Wed, 2 July 2014
It's pretty tiring work curating the latest and more important video game news. Which is generally why Ann (and local news cub reporter Sega Badawi) steal it from Eurogamer. But last week. Last week was an exception. Ann did some journalism and it's tiring work. She also shed a little light on her unbiased method on how she curates the news (further to the curation that Eurogamer had already done).
And we needed to be on impressive journalistic form this week as our Super-Special Guest, Phil Elliott from Square Enix's Collective, used to be on Five Live. Despite previously only being used to medium wave, he stepped up admirably to FM surround sound. He told all about Collective, how it got off the ground, why it's Collective and not The Collective. Unfortunately Ste didn't get to pitch his idea for a Lara Croft karaoke card game. Fingers crossed it will see the light of day soon!
In other Ann related news she invented a new unit of measurement, managed to beat Million Pound Journalist Cara Ellison to the EXCLUSIVE review of the Kim Kardashian game, did an excellent visual joke and saw some tiger cubs. Simon became Philippa 'Pip' Warr's Moba/esports agent and Ste left his phone on.
Team OLL x
1. Klamm - Ice And Fire
2. Stereochan - End Of The World
3. MotionRide - Burn
Direct download: OLL_30_06_14.mp3
-- posted at: 2:55pm EST
Wed, 25 June 2014
One Life Left prides itself on its news team. Ann has been with the show as a cub reporter and we've seen her grow into the excellent news journalist that you hear today. But she doesn't really get the support from Simon and Ste that she deserves. As you will hear in this week's episode where the lads don't expect her to get any proper journalism done with respect to Atari and their LGBT statement. You can expect to hear the All Apologies music next week.
We didn't have to apologise to our Super-Special Guest this week who was Darren Grey from Roguelike Radio. He managed to help clear up the differences between Rogue and Roguelikes. Luckily we didn't ask him what the difference was between a Roguelike and The Like as it would have gotten terribly confusing. However, after our advice he will have to amend the name of his podcast slightly or he may be hearing from our legal team.
Also on the show Simon asks a rather technical programming question. He's changed. Ann thinks of skinny jeans and Ste talks about cricket. They haven't changed. Sega Badawi reads the local news and Super Roger World speaks to his agent. And if you would like to change the list of contributors (by creating a new feature) then send something in to the usual address. Thingy's going to do one again and she's been away for AGES.
There's a review of how our second #THIRDSDAY went down amongst the footy fans and Ann promoted the show during the Radius Festival by not actually mentioning the show. But that's because she's a journalist not a promoter. Plus Ste wasn't there to point at her, which is the usual gesture that makes her say our web address.
Team OLL x
1. Kommisar - Cherry Cola
2. Chema64 - The Mother We Share
3. Imaginary - Strawberry Crush
Direct download: OLL_23_06_14.mp3
-- posted at: 3:36pm EST
Wed, 18 June 2014
The OLL recorded before a #THIRDSDAY is fraught with danger. This one is no exception. Especially as we had World Cup (and Cricket (and hen do)) Fever. Could we do our usual exceptional radio show whilst knowing that commentators could be confused by goal line technology as we spoke. SPOILERS: Of course we could, we're (unpaid) professionals.
And Simon is still making steps towards becoming a professional games programmer / designer (Up, Down, Left, Right available for Android devices) so we went to someone with more experience in that area. Even though he's twelve years old. We got Sam Smith from Boxface Games in the studio to talk about his game Spacepants, what it's like being our grandchild and why Terry Cavanagh won't return his calls.
We also found that Ann can't whistle, that Simon can now make really good jokes about programming and try to figure out what's in THQ's bins. And as Ste was in charge of curating the music we had Sega Badawi making a return. It's an excellent show and one that you will show your appreciation of by attending #THIRDSDAY.
Team OLL x
1. Mike Bleeds - Sagittarius
2. MotionRide - Drones
3. Lucas Noah + Nitro Pulse - 3D Dance
Direct download: OLL_16_06_2014.mp3
-- posted at: 3:26pm EST
Wed, 11 June 2014
You may find this week's show lacking in something. You see, because Ste was making his way back from Sheffield's DocFest and Ann was moving house it meant that Simon had to curate the music and features for this episode. And Simon wasn't told if there were any features for this week. So there's no Sega Badawi, Dr. Avatar, Shipping Forecast or Super Roger World in this show. But that does mean that you get around four to five more minutes of interviewing time with our Super-Special Guests Steve McNeil and Sam Pamphilon!
Sam and Steve came in to get advice in advance of their appearance at Georg Backer's Radius Festival and also to tell us about their Go 8Bit event. We in turn told them about our gloriously terrible attempt at doing Videogame Stand Up in Nottingham. Unfortunately they then outdid us by remembering the John Barnes rap from World In Motion. They then dropped our former Karaoke King Rob/Weaselspoon in it by telling us how Rob made a game for them. Where's our game Rob?
Ste and Simon get confused about the correct way to pronounce Jredd and Ann gets confused about who voiced Thomas Was Alone. We also say goodbye to Log (curse of the GMAs), put Leo Tan in the Book of Records and Simon told us about the time that Simon and Ann did their stand up routine at a Christmas Party. It was rather bad. The Caretaker has a bootleg recording of it if anyone is interested.
Oh and SIMON RELEASED A GAME! It's actually rather good and we highly recommend it. A definite seven out of ten, but Google Play doesn't allow you to score it a seven so the official One Life Left style guide says you have to score it the closest to a seven. Which is five. Five out of five.
Team OLL x
1. Jredd - Giga Snap
2. Motion Ride - Korobeinki
3. Mr. Zongrs - The Pirate King Of Space
Direct download: OLL_09_06_2014.mp3
-- posted at: 3:52pm EST
Wed, 4 June 2014
One Life Left is well known for keeping its promises. Managing to brand a certain day of the week for our karaoke event? DELIVERED. Making a superstar of Mike Bithell? DELIVERED. Promising not to mention 'that thing' we all know about Simon 'Parko' Parkin on air? DELIVERED. So when we promised that Georg Backer would come on the first episode of our tenth season and he'd bring along his PA then you knew there would be only one all caps word we'd write: DELIVERED.
Not only did we talk about Georg and Keith's new festival - Radius Festival - and how it will cope being placed against OLL Thirdsday, but we heard about Georg's dream location for a festival. And soon regretted hearing about his dreams. As usual we told Keith what to say to senior figures in the games industry when he'll meet them at E3, something which has made him reach the high levels he is currently reaching. And Ann got ejected by her chair. Which was the one Keith was meant to be using.
We got Sega Badawi detailing the latest local news. And also Doctor Avatar made an appearance. He is now an official Doctor which we think means that Parko can get 'that thing' looked at. Congratulations Doctor Avatar. Good luck Parko.
And being the first episode of a new season we came up with a task for the season. This one even sounds like we might even be able to achieve it. Although you'll probably all regret that this is the case.
Team OLL x
1. MotionRide - Zeero Two Three
2. Kubi - Polarity
Direct download: OLL_02_06_2014.mp3
-- posted at: 4:00pm EST
Wed, 21 May 2014
One day we'll learn. Never allow the number of guests you have to equal the number of presenters. Keep the number advantage. This week we forgot this rule, mostly because we've just made it up for the purposes of this intro, but now it is enshrined in a podcast intro it is now legally binding (NOTE TO SELF: Check this with our lawyer).
So yes, we're back, Back, BACK. And this week with three (count 'em - three!) Super-Special Guests. If we were to pick one of the SSGs as a main SSG then we'd have to say that it would be Fuzzy Face Studios' Chris Thomas. He came to the studio to promote his new game Crobble, which is an excellent blend of Tetris and Scrabble. We tried to make him release the game on air, but Shane in Canada let us down. We hope you're happy Shane.
The other two sub-SSGs were the returning Georg Backer (who will also be returning in two weeks) and Michael Frederickson. They helped get us banned in Russia, swooned over Parkin's new Linked In photo and signed us up as the preferred media provider to the Radius Festival. The Radius Festival is a games festival that Georg is solely in charge of, with some help from his PA Keith Stuart. We're thinking of starting our own festival called the Diameter Festival as it will be twice as good as Georg's, but let's keep that between ourselves for now ok?
Also returning this week were Sega Badawi's Local News and Super Roger World. In fact, it's such a good show that we won't be having a show next week. Sorry about that, perhaps you could write a new Videogame Karaoke song for #Thirdsday, book tickets to Ste's new Reads Like A Seven event or just be really disappointed in us. Sorry.
Team OLL x
1. Jredd - Urban Chill
2 Klamm - Mr. Fatman
3. Ultrasyd - Silly Venture
Direct download: OLL_20_05_14.mp3
-- posted at: 3:26pm EST
Wed, 2 April 2014
Recorded on the afternoon of the 21st of March 2014, live from the Moscone Center with shattered voices and weary hearts, One Life Left presents OLL vs Gamasutra Show #5: FIVE STARS. Hosted by @byronicman, @steishere and @scanters, with a jovial @krisgraft fully representing the Gamasutra side of things, and starring Benedict Fritz (Dudeski), David Laskey (Tetrapulse), Adriaan de Jongh (Game Oven), Teddy Diefenbach & Alex Preston (Heart Machine), Nels Anderson (Campo Santo), Tadhg Kelly (Ouya), Rami Ismail (Vlambeer, still), Cindy Au (Kickstarter) and Steve Gaynor (Fullbright). Music from Rade (Under The Stars), Mister Beep (Hypervelocity Stars), Ocean Palace (Key of the Exiles), Brink (Aurora Borealis).
That's it for GDC 2014. We had the best time, and huge thanks to everyone at the conference and at Gamasutra for continuing to tolerate us. We'll be back on our regular Monday night schedule shortly, so do subscribe on iTunes to keep up (http://bit.ly/OLLtunes) -- until then you can find us at @onelifeleft on Twitter, and intermittently on twitch.tv/onelifeleftTV. See you soon!
Direct download: GDC2014_SHOW_5_EDITED.mp3
-- posted at: 11:16pm EST
Wed, 26 March 2014
Recorded on the afternoon of the 20th of March 2014, live from a noisy conference hall with increasingly raucous GDC-goers, One Life Left presents OLL vs Gamasutra Show #4: FOUR OF HEARTS. Hosted by Curran, Scantlebury and Byron, competently complemented by Kristian Graft (EIC, Gamasutra) and starring Ian Livingston (Ubisoft Montreal), Leo Tan (Turbine), Andreas Zecher (Spaces of Play), Jason Gregory (Naughty Dog), Kenneth Yeung (Capy Games), Matthew Woodward, (CCP Games, again!), Cameron Harris (Bioware), Austin Wintory (Independent Composer), Chris Dahlen (Independent Writer), Sarah Brin (Independent Curator), John Walker (Independent Rock Paper Shotgunner), Tom Betts (Big Robot), Richard Dansky (Central Clancy Writer, Ubisoft), Keith Guerette (Naughty Dog). Music from Drexegar (Fly Away With Me), Groovemaster303 (Step to the Funk), Jakim (The Opened Doors), Jansaw (Rise).
Direct download: GDC2014_SHOW_4_EDITED.mp3
-- posted at: 5:45am EST
Thu, 20 March 2014
Recorded on the afternoon of the 19th of March 2014, live from the foot of the escalators in North Hall of the Moscone Center, One Life Left presents OLL vs Gamasutra Show #3: THE THREEQUEL. Hosted by Scantlebury, Byron and Curran, ably assisted by the rich tones of Kris Graft (EIC, Gamasutra) and starring Terry Cavanagh (Distractionware), Manveer Heir (Bioware, very handsome), Alex Fleetwood (ex-Hide&Seek), Peter Molyneux & Jack Attridge (22 Cans), Erin Catto (Blizzard), Matt Piersall (Gl33k), Daniel Benmergui (Storyteller / Ernesto), Sean Vanaman (Campo Santo), Rupert Loman (Eurogamer Network), Mare Sheppard & Raigan Burns (Metanet), Geoffrey Zatkin (Eedar), Chris HArvey (Drinkbox Studios). Music from Jredd (Silence), Frostbitewaveform (The Thaw), Kommisar (Caduceus), Laffe the Fox (Left Alone In Outer Space), Stinkbug (Afternoon Out).
Direct download: GDC2014_SHOW_3_EDIT.mp3
-- posted at: 9:16pm EST
Wed, 19 March 2014
Recorded on the afternoon of the 18th of March 2014, live from the show floor at GDC 2014, One Life Left presents OLL vs Gamasutra Show #2: BROADCAST HARDER. Hosted by Byron, Curran and Scantlebury, watched over by the soft eyes of Mike Rose (GamaSutra), and starring Benett Foddy (bfod.net / NYU), Chris Cornell (PaperDino), Peter Traylor & Chris McLaughlin (Vitei), Dave Evans (Play Canvas), Anna Kipnis (Double Fine), Ben Cousins (bencousins.net), Eric Zimmerman (NYU), Winifred Philips (Independent composer), Kellee Santiago (Indiefund / OUYA), and Brenda Romero (Loot Drop). Music from Stugard (Enceladus), Mills DJ (Radio Waves), Chasingbleeps (Master Kush), Feryl (The Last Riot Grrrl) and Klamm (World Civilisation).
Direct download: GDC2014_SHOW_2_EDITED.mp3
-- posted at: 6:05pm EST
Tue, 18 March 2014
Recorded on the evening of the 17th of March 2014, live from the 32nd floor of the Parc 55 hotel, One Life Left presents the first of its GDC 2014 shows. Hosted by Curran, Byron and Scantlebury, and starring Kris Graft (Gamasutra EIC), Adriel Wallick (Train Jam, msminotaur.com), Zoe Quinn (beesgo.biz), Leigh Alexander (Independent Woman pt II), Andy Schatz (Pocketwatch Games), Matt Boch (Harmonix), Jaime Woo (Gamergamp), Rami Ismail (Vlambeer), Michael Frederickson (Otter Spice Productions), Matthew Woodward (CCP Games).
Direct download: GDC2014_SHOW_1_EDITED.mp3
-- posted at: 6:20pm EST
Wed, 26 February 2014
It's hard being the official King Maker of the videogames industry. Last year we crowned Mike Bithell and videogames haven't been the same since. And for that, we apologise. This means that we've been on the lookout for the new King for a few months. Now is the time of the coronation. The King is (not literally) dead. Long live the King!
But who is the King we hear you ask? And what games has he made that just consist of blocks and a funny voiceover by Danny Wallace? Well, it's Luke Williams from Boss Studios and he's made the excellent Surgeon Simulator that - get this - actually involves proper graphics. We've literally looked outside the box for this choice. And Luke was an excellent guest, explaining how entering the Global Game Jam and expecting a lack of sleep makes you come up with weird (but amazing) ideas for videogames. He also officially announced One Life Left as the official partners of Surgeon Simulator, thereby allowing us to go up and collect the Bafta award when Surgeon Simulator wins and told us how easy/difficult it is to come up with touch controls for the new iPad version of the game.
In addition to talking about surgery and medical procedures we had Doctor Avatar talking about surgery and medical procedures (except Doctor Avatar's are real procedures that should not be tried at home (or elsewhere)) and Sega Badawi with more local news.
Unfortunately this will be the last OLL for a few weeks as we've got to prepare ourselves for GDC. Last time we went we got in so much trouble by adding the letter u whenever we said the word color so we've had to undergo an intensive elocution course so that we will be understood by the Indie Developers attending. Tune in to our podcasts in association with Gamasutra around GDC to hear how successful they were. Also, buy tickets for our next karaoke event on April 12th. It promises to be fantastic, we already have new songs written that will be premiered there and you don't want to hear about these second hand. Vines, Audioboos, Sound clouds and Instagrams just won't do them justice.
Team OLL x
1. Stugard - Enceladus
2. Galan - Arcade Dub
3. Commandycan - C Side
Direct download: OLL_24_02_14.mp3
-- posted at: 3:24pm EST
Wed, 19 February 2014
As you all know, there was no official podcast of last week's show (although we hear the unofficial recordings are selling for thousands of bitcoins on Silk Road) due to us raising money for Resonance. We also announced the date and location for the first ever Spring Break Videogame Karaoke. Go to http://tinyurl.com/singwitholl for more details and buy a ticket before they sell out!
Luckily this week we were back to a normal style show with a Super-Special Guest. Oh. Except the Super-Special Guest, Will from Rambo game makers Reef Entertainment was involved in a tram incident at Clacton (the Caretaker might have remembered this incorrectly) so he wasn't able to make the beginning of the show to talk about the challenges of making a game out of such an iconic film series or what physics you need to lob a tank at a helicopter. Would he even make the show at all (SPOILERS: Yes, and he was great)?
Still, such things happen from time to time. At least the core trio of Team OLL would be there for the start of the show. But wait? Where is the second hottest member of the team Ann 'Scoops' Scantlebury? Claiming that she was also delayed due to bus incidents (or possibly a perm taking longer than expected) we had to fill 20 minutes before we could start with the news. So instead we decided to have an #AMA, which apparently stands for Ask Us Anything. This meant we predicted the news, worked out what videogames pets like, shed a tear for the Trocadero and try to make our theme win a Classic FM poll.
However, our contributors didn't let us down with Super Roger World, Shipping Forecast and Birthday Boy Sega Badawi all returning to the airways. So all in all another amazing episode!
Team OLL x
1. defiantsystems - Bronson
2. Here Between You Me - Sometimes
Direct download: OLL_17_02_14.mp3
-- posted at: 2:56pm EST
Wed, 5 February 2014
In this week's show we have John and Simon from Olli Olli developers Roll 7. Luckily for them we forgot to go on about the Superbowl, which we were going to hilariously rename the SuperbOLL, and thinking about it probably wasn't going to work over the airwaves. We also forgot to mention our great idea to mash up OlliOlli and The Stanley Parable to make the Stan and Ollie Parables, which would detail the black and white adventures of one thin man and one fat man in a horn factory.
We did manage to ask them about working with Sony, what it's like annoying Dan Marshall (more to see if they found it different to how we find it), the colour of their new game but neglected to mention how much it would cost to use our likenesses for an OLLiOLLi spin off. Ah well. Scanters got recognised as a Twitter celebrity, gave hair and nightlife advice and the Team all decided that killing children was wrong.
As usual Sega Badawi provided some local news, but Science Officer and Super Roger World made their welcome returns. We also learn about how to control games using your brain waves, try an experiment and probably fail at it. It's what we do best.
And if you can please contribute to the Resonance FM fundraiser. They're an excellent station to work with and they'll be really freaked out that we just wrote nice things about them. Next week will be a telethon but on the radio so a radithon? Either way, it'll be fantastic so tune in.
Team OLL x
1. Mister Beep - Hypervelocity Stars
2. Monomania - Blue
3. Legacy - Rade (under the stars)
Direct download: OLL_03_02_14.mp3
-- posted at: 3:28pm EST
Wed, 29 January 2014
It's not often that we have Filey's favourite son on the show, and this week was no exception as Leo Blair (Tony Blairs' Dad) was unable to attend for some reason. So we had to settle for second best and allowed The Official Spokesperson for Videogames, Guy Cocker on as a Special Guest. Unfortunately we failed to kill Guy with kindness but did manage to maim him slightly with politeness. Guy also offered us dating advice while we told him about a further subject that he could specialise in at the BBC. We just like to offer support to those people starting in the business who obviously have lots to learn.
Simon also offered us support by giving Ann and Ste advice on how to stream over the internet, whilst withdrawing support from certain people who send us letters every week and also getting rather annoyed at listeners who dob us in to indie developers. YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE. We also learnt how much Jon Snow knows about videogames.
Doctor Avatar got some fan mail to go alongside the feature that he sent in, but it probably wasn't from the doyouinverts as the two factions had some 'beef' last week. It did result in a new song by the doyouinverts so it was worth it in the end. Sega Badawi reported on the latest videogame local news, but that's a given these days.
We're also going to do a benefit for Resonance FM some time in April so keep an eye out on our Twitter feed for confirmation of dates and how you can get to attend. It'll be fun*.
Team OLL x
* Fun not guaranteed and is dependent on amount of alcohol drunk.
1. Klamm - Dreams About Something (Emerald)
2. the doyouinverts - Just TYT My Love
3. Jredd - Do The Tiido
Direct download: OLL_27_01_14.mp3
-- posted at: 1:42pm EST
Wed, 22 January 2014
There's not many people who get to be returning Super-Special Guests on One Life Left. Obviously many have tried. Sure, we've had bribes and threats but the integrity of our journalism is too important for us to let it be affected by these tawdry attempts. For this week's show we had the excellent Keith Stuart from the Guardian (Britain's top Newspaper) who arrived not bearing gifts, but needing the toilet. And you'll get to see if he remembered to do up his flies by looking at the recorded live stream. Yes, this was the first ever episode of One Life Left to have a live video stream (except we might have done a Google+ hangout a few years back (and maybe once over an Android phone?)).
Keith didn't tell us his itunes password, but we did find out which console manufacturer he wants to be destroyed, how long it takes for him to write a news story and what he really thinks of Eurogamer. It's all shocking stuff. Ann is in the midst of a housing crisis so Ste and Satoru Iwata offered advice in varying levels of usefulness, Simon gets jealous when he finds out how much money Keith has made from Kickstarter and we have an almost grown up discussion about the pros and cons of narrative games. Sorry about that.
As usual Sega Badawi provides us with some local news, but we have another new feature making its debut (well, it would be a bit daft to have an old feature making its debut). Not only that, but you'll find out whether Team OLL prefer window or aisle seats, which is information no other videogame radio shows can provide.
Team OLL x
1. Wiklund - Blaster
2. Volcano Kid - Super Robotic Encounters
Direct download: OLL_20_01_14.mp3
-- posted at: 3:06pm EST
Wed, 15 January 2014
If we've learnt one thing over the nine seasons of One Life Left it's that the videogame industry only cares about money. Artistic integrity, great ideas, beautiful writing - none of this matters if your games doesn't sell in its millions and you make enough money to make another God game. With this in mind we were happy to welcome the first ever Million Pound Gaming Journalist - Cara Ellison - to the show.
Cara dropped by to explain how Patreon works and why it allows her to stay round indie developers houses without their approval. She also clarified which of the IGF nominees were not cool, how she'll be able to cope when Simon stops investing money in her Patreon and also gives her backing to our 'Free Christian Donlan' campaign. Which we've only just started.
Ann is getting tapped up again, she's been offered a new position over at the Bayside Diner and providing lunch at Lassiters. It'll be sad times if she goes. We make inroads into becoming the first Anglo-Chinese videogame radio show*, but get sidetracked by trying to find out how popular we are on Google. Sega Badawi offers up some local news, Keith Stuart lets us down and we have an ALL-NEW feature.
It's amazing times, we think you'll agree.
Team OLL x
* Chinese readers: Sorry about the terrible translation for the episode title, we had trouble putting in the accents on the letters
1. defPREMIUM - lgpt)))``u r on my mind``
2. Klamm - otherworld
Direct download: OLL_13_01_14.mp3
-- posted at: 3:28pm EST
Wed, 8 January 2014
After a wonderful and refreshing break (where Simon's telly was used by former contributor Taliah to bond when her new boyfriend on Christmas Eve and Ste and Ann facetimed America and honeytrapped indie developers on New Years Eve) One Life Left is back! And we're hitting the ground running with no errors, unless you count losing the letters as an error, which it isn't, it's a feature (who says we don't learn anything from our interviews with developers?).
Luckily as our first Super-Special Guests of 2014/Year of Bidoof were David and Philippa, the creators of our GOTY which was the Ann Scantlebury-starring Going Around. As part of Simon's interview role-play, this week he took on the role of Jeremy Kyle and tried his best to split up David and Philippa, although he didn't go as far as having a lie detector test (we're saving that for Parko). We also found out what it's like to compete in a Game Jam, what year will be the most annoying this century and how David and Philippa decided on which of Team OLL should star in Going Around.
There were also returning features in the form of Sega Badawi and Doctor Avatar. And Simon argues with Gamasutra's Mike Rose about math(s), Ann temps on Pip's Not A Game podcast (feat. Tom Hatfield) and Ste comes up with a foolproof plan to win a GMA. Not only that, but we officially announce some exciting news for March.
Team OLL x
1. Wiklund and Joule - Makebelieve girl
2. Zer0 Filt3r - Lost In Thought
Direct download: OLL_07_01_14.mp3
-- posted at: 2:51pm EST