One Life Left's Podcast

For the final time this season all of Team OLL was in the studio before we broke for our summer holidays. This meant we didn't have to wear our uniforms and we could even bring in board games to play. Ann nearly didn't make the show on time as she was waiting upstairs and wondering why she was hot. Ste was back from Finland with tales of gin and grapefruit, Placebo and Finland's answer to Justin Bieber. Simon was still developing his next game after Bang Man! took the gaming world by storm.

And thanks to our Super-Special Guest Ian Hamilton, Simon will be thinking of accessibility for gamers with disabilities. Ian was on to discuss the issues in improving accessibility and it seems that the little things matter a lot to most gamers. Annoyingly there's no actual legal enforcement to make games more accessible so most of the appetite to improve things is coming from the smaller companies. But we did find out which was the first AAA game with a dedicated blind accessibility option.

Ann had a very important Ann-nouncement, we talked tactics for the upcoming GMAs and Marioke makes more steps into invading Germany (which annoys the Caretaker as he prefers Monchengladbach to Koln). GameUnder continues to work undercover and Sega Badawi has some more local news. And even though we're on holiday you can still contact us via the usual methods and even finish making our game for us.

Cheerio!
Team OLL x

Links:
https://twitter.com/ianhamilton_
http://gameaccessibilityguidelines.com/

Track list:
1. Laffe The Fox feat. Robot Orgy Massacre - The Amazing Adventures of Mr. Unadventurous
http://chipmusic.org/laffe+the+fox/music/laffe-the-fox-feat-robot-orgy-massacre---the-amazing-adventures-of-mr-unadventurous
2. Motionride - Loading
http://chipmusic.org/motionride/music/loading_2015-[lsdj-chiptune]
3. PleaseLoseBattle - Hangover Apocalypse
http://chipmusic.org/pleaselosebattle/music/hangover-apocalypse

Direct download: OLL_27_07_2015.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 6:46am EDT

With Ste in Finland listening to Placebo and performing Marioke it meant that Simon and Ann were in the studio by themselves. Well, apart from the Super-Special Guests. And we got some amazing Super-Special Guests with Alex and Sean from Castle Magazine and Eddie Lee from Funktronic Labs coming into the studio.

Alex and Sean were in to talk about Castle Magazine, which is due to launch in the first quarter of next year, providing that their crowdsourcing is successful and that they agree on how to correctly pronounce Castle. We had a look at their promotional postcards and queried their DPIs, before Ann got worried about what DPI stood for.

Our other Super-Special Guest Eddie was a major test of where Simon's loyalties lie. You see Eddie's new game - Nova 111 - is being published by Curve digital, which is where Simon's second less-important job is. Would Simon give Eddie the usual OLL interview treatment or would he not even ask what colour his game was? We did find out that it's a turn-based real-time action game and it's already picked up a few awards so it does sound like it'll be pretty good.

From our contributors we had Doctor Avatar making a return to the hospital wards and Sega Badawi providing some local news. We also found out that Simon is making a new game under the advice of Tom Francis, how Chinese holiday tours really make their money and that we shouldn't make Ritchie and Josh the talent handlers angry as they nearly destroyed the studio when they were calm.

Cheerio!
Team OLL x

Links:
https://twitter.com/MacTingz
https://twitter.com/vizzee
https://twitter.com/Castle_Magazine
https://twitter.com/eddietree
https://twitter.com/funktroniclabs
http://www.Castlemagazine.co.uk
http://nova111.com/

Track list:
1. Bitmap Brothers - Gods Theme
http://youtu.be/zJ26QY0A_aQ
2. Spaszaki - Trance (Casio)
http://chipmusic.org/spaszaki/music/sk-1-trance-casio
3. Brink - Joe Schmoe in Rio
http://chipmusic.org/brink/music/joe-shmoe-in-rio-roland-mt-32-remix
4. Rob Hubbard - Crazy Comets theme
http://www.remix64.com/track/djrawb/crazy-comets-theme-soflabreaks/
5. TLG Chiptunes - Mr Brightside
http://chipmusic.org/tlgchiptunes/music/the-killers---mr-brightside-the-luminous-galaxy-cover

Direct download: OLL_20_07_2015.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 3:58pm EDT

Unfortunately having to do three episodes in a row took its first victim as Simon took the week off. But he forgot to check this with HR and with his appraisal due this wasn't a good time to be doing this. Luckily our HR is an incredibly efficient department and managed to get a highly qualified Super-Special Guest Host in Tim Hibbs from the Big Red Barrel podcast. We highly recommend his podcast for those rare weeks when we haven't done a show (but if you listen any other time you'll go on The List).

And in addition to our SSGH we also had a SSG! Kristian Andrews from Studio OwlBear came into the, er, studio to tell us about his game Barbara-Ian and to let out a Category C swear word. It's a Rogue-like (depending on the definition) based on a series of videos that Kristian sent to annoy Comedy Central/win a competition that Comedy Central had. We found out how Kristian had the idea to turn it into a video game and tried to come up with names for a sequel. Oh, and it's out on Friday!

GameUnder told us of his latest developments in games under development and Sega Badawi dropped some local news on those assembled. Team OLL decided that a trip to Montreal was in order, Ann had a photo with a Japanese rock band, Ste got incredibly worried about fridges and brainstormed a sequel to Chuckie Egg (that already exists). You might also pick up during this episode that Ste has launched a new Kickstarter, but we hardly mention it.

Cheerio!
Team OLL x

Links:
https://twitter.com/KristianAndrews
https://twitter.com/BRBTim
http://www.barbaraian.com
https://vimeo.com/24606015
http://www.studioowlbear.com
http://www.bigredbarrel.com/blog/
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/782536717/chime-sharp-the-classic-music-puzzle-game-returns

Track list:
1. Buried For a Day - Pathways
http://chipmusic.org/bfad/music/pathways
2. Motionride - Utterless
http://chipmusic.org/motionride/music/utterless-[edm-amiga-chiptune]
3. Brink - Joe Shmoe in Rio
http://chipmusic.org/brink/music/joe-shmoe-in-rio-roland-mt-32-remix
4. Laffe the Fox - The Sweden Experience
http://chipmusic.org/laffe+the+fox/music/laffe-the-fox---the-sweden-experience

Direct download: OLL_13_07_2015.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 5:45pm EDT

We're still trying to solve the mystery that is sweeping the gaming world: Where did Marioke disappear to in July? And furthermore: When is it being held in August? Hopefully we'll get a little closer to the truth in this week's episode.

Oh, and we did talk quite a bit about Her Story too, which made sense as this week's Super-Special Guest was its designer Sam Barlow. He came up on the sleeper from Portsmouth to tell us all about the game. Except for the plot. But hopefully you will understand from this episode that Her Story is a different type of game. The type of game that Simon dislikes, so what will he think of Her Story?

Away from Her Story we found out that Simon looked a little different, Ann was beach body ready and Ste met some men on the Internet. Sega Badawi and GameUnder provided us with some features and we got onto the hot, hot topic of fans in consoles.

Cheerio!
Team OLL x

Links:
https://twitter.com/mrsambarlow
http://www.herstorygame.com/

Track list:
1. Klamm - Rise
http://chipmusic.org/klamm/music/rise
2. Kuro - Before It Ends
http://chipmusic.org/kuro/music/before-it-ends
3. MilLs DJ - Reunited
http://chipmusic.org/mills+dj/music/mills-dj---reunited
4. Brink - It Is What It Is
http://chipmusic.org/brink/music/it-is-what-it-is-1-bit

Direct download: OLL_06_07_2015.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 3:59pm EDT

OK, so the one week break turned into a two week break, but you can trust that One Life Left will never let you down again. Except for Marioke in July which we've had to cancel. And we'll be going on our summer holidays before too long.

It's also pretty hot. Now, Team OLL are used to being hot, but this is an altogether different kind of hot. It's the type of hot that makes you have a can of Malibu and pineapple at the cricket and tricks you into thinking that your leggings will dry in time to go out. It's also the kind of hot where you reckon that hot and heat are words that are interchangeable.

This week's show is rather cultured as our Super-Special Guests were Darren Wall from Read Only Memory and Alex Wiltshire from The Streets. They were in to promote ROM's first self-funded book Britsoft: An Oral History, which involved speaking to the major players in the British coding scene such as Jon Hare, Mel Croucher and Peter Moulinex. We also found out how you get Nintendo to give you two million dollars, tried to work out who is this generation's Jeff Minter and Ste thought about Jez San.

GameUnder made a welcome return (along with a new microphone) and Sega Badawi told us about the latest local news (from two weeks ago). And we also promoted a certain special someone's new book about computer games, we really can't recommend it highly enough and we're certain that you'll enjoy their work so much. They really deserve every success with it.

Cheerio!
Team OLL x

Links:
http://readonlymemory.vg
http://Twitter.com/iamdarrenwall
http://Twitter.com/rotational
https://gumroad.com/caraellison
(Do we have to include this book in the links? Really? Oh alright then)
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Death-Video-Game-obsession-frontline/dp/1781254214/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Track listing:
1. Jakim - Night Air
http://chipmusic.org/jakim/music/night-air
2. motionride - Un Petit Robot
http://chipmusic.org/motionride/music/un-petit-robot-[lsdj-chiptune]
3. Sudstep - No Guts, No Glory
http://chipmusic.org/sudstep/music/no-guts-no-glory-lsdj-demix-defqon1-anthem-2015
4. UFO - Moon
http://chipmusic.org/ufo/music/moon

Direct download: OLL_29_06_2015.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 3:27pm EDT