One Life Left's Podcast

Psst, don't tell anyone, but this week's show is a gossip special. Unfortunately we don't quite know what this actually means, so we're not actually sure if any real gossip gets spoken during the show. If there is it's almost certainly scurrilous and without foundation, which is our favourite type of gossip (it usually involves conkers).

Our Super-Special Guest was Dan Simpson, who is a videogame poet (which sounds like a great idea for a feature - hint hint Craig The Rage). We asked Dan how he got into poetry, what proportion of indie developers like poetry immediately and also if there is anything that Kieron Gillen isn't prepared to introduce. Dan also created a crowd sourced poem for the National Museum of Scotland which sounds like something we'd do, if you replaced 'poem' with 'karaoke song' and 'National Museum of Scotland' with 'pub'.

We also found out what Belgium was like, turned down the London Games Festival, Ann went around the studio and Simon's wife isn't going cheese tasting. Sega Badawi provided us with some local news and we told you where you can get the last ever tickets to our GDC Marioke party. You should bid on them. Especially if you're going to GDC. Don't be the ones to miss out!

Cheerio!
Team OLL x

Links:
https://twitter.com/dansimpsonpoet
http://burningeye.bigcartel.com/product/applied-mathematics-by-dan-simpson
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/The-last-two-tickets-to-Marioke-GDC-San-Francisco-17-March-2016-/322012369450?hash=item4af96ed22a:g:8KwAAOSwWTRWxgPM

Track list:
1. HavocCc - Nanoloop Live Improvisation
http://chipmusic.org/havoccc/music/nanoloop-live-improvisation
2. Robert Wells - Medieval Polyphony
3. Ixen - Relaxing Desert Night
http://chipmusic.org/ixen/music/ixen---a-relaxing-desert-night

Direct download: OLL_22_02_16.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 3:18pm EDT

It takes a lot to be someone that Mike Bithell wouldn't be prepared to kiss. This week's Super-Special Guest - Tony Gowland from Ant Workshop - is just that person. Could it be because Tony has managed to make a game with a genuinely interesting idea and that has made Mike jealous? If anyone knows anything about jealously it's definitely One Life Left. If there were no jealousy in this business then we'd have a lot more GMA awards.

Anyway, Tony's game is called Binaries, it's out on the 4th April and he was only too happy to tell us the main colours of the game. And in Binaries knowing the colours is actually a key factor in the gameplay. Honestly, it's like our apparently stupid questions are actually incredibly clever. We also found out why Tony changed the name of the game and what's it's like to be championed by Mike Bithell.

John Life Left tried monetising his feature whilst Sega Badawi still did his purely for the benefit of news. In addition Ste gave some useful advice on running a Kickstarter, as well as doing a little rap. There was Jonathan Blow chat, a further update on our GDC Marioke Party (and what to do if you missed out on a ticket, but still want to come) and a quick mention of our Pre-GDC Marioke that's on this Friday.

Cheerio!
Team OLL x

Links:
http://store.steampowered.com/app/435800/
http://playbinaries.com
https://twitter.com/FreakyZoid
https://twitter.com/antworkshop

Track list:
1. Garvalf- Mere Hiver
http://chipmusic.org/garvalf/music/mre-hiver
2. Cyan Coloneels - Without Any Fuss, The Stars Went Out
http://chipmusic.org/cyancoloneels/music/without-any-fuss-the-stars-went-out

Direct download: OLL_15_02_16.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 5:16pm EDT

It's always good to have gaming royalty on the show so we were happy to have Lord Sir Charles Cecil CBE on as our Super-Special Guest this week. He showed his experience by managing to get the most plugs ever within the first minute of his introduction. You don't run a software company for 25 years without developing some good promotional skills. And next month Revolution Software will indeed be 25 years old, so we took an audio tour through the history of Revolution discussing classics like Lure of The Temptress, Beneath A Steel Sky and their little known game called Broken Sword.

Charles also spoke about if the point and click game is still dead, announced a special version of Broken Sword that's available next month and also defended videogame journalists against ("The Hateful Eight" - ed). Not only that but he managed to offend Simon as well, which was bound to happen at some point. The bromance is over.

John Life Left and Sega Badawi provided us with some features (and we're always open to new ideas for contributions) and we had Dexter make a welcome return to the reviews section. And if you want to be a Super-Special Guest without going to the hassle of creating an amazing game then you can bid for the opportunity to do so at the Super-Special Resonance FM Auction. Look out for it on the Resonance FM website.

Cheerio!
Team OLL x

Links:
https://twitter.com/revbot
https://twitter.com/charlescecil

Track list
1. Klamm - Regainer
It's appears to have been deleted, but check http://chipmusic.org/music anyway
2. Yuki Kakushi - It's Ok To Cry
http://chipmusic.org/yukikakushi/music/its-okay-to-cry

Direct download: OLL_08_02_16.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 11:43am EDT

Sorry about the lack of a show last week, two thirds of Team OLL were ill but luckily we were all back to seventy percent full health, except for a microphone that was rather crackly. Poor microphone. This week's Super-Special Guest was the tea demanding Alex Fleetwood, who came in the show to show off Fabulous Beasts, which Ann has decided is "a mix of Pokemon and Jenga". We ask Alex about how his Kickstarter going and get a live update on the Power of OLL on sales. Alex also confirmed that Fabulous Beasts will definitely be ready by November. Unless it's delayed.

John Life Left made a return to our features section, along with Sega Badawi. Simon Parkinson incurred the wrath of Scanters, Simon had the latest news whispered through a door by Lord Sir Charles Cecil and Ste made a cricket bat on his computer. We're also incredibly close to confirming our GDC Marioke Party and Ste is doing a Reads Like A Seven event on 11/02. Why not attend both?

Cheerio!
Team OLL x

Links:
https://twitter.com/fabbeasts
https://twitter.com/ammonite

Track list:
1. Alex E - He's a Mellow Fellow
http://chipmusic.org/ade-syndicate/music/hes-a-mellow-fellow-ym2612-sega-genesis-chiptune-by-alex-e
2. Put the Heart On - You Make My Heart Sing
http://chipmusic.org/putthehurtton/music/you-make-my-heart-sing
3. Robot Orgy Massacre (feat. Laffe The Fox) - Ignore The Ghost
http://chipmusic.org/laffe+the+fox/music/robot-orgy-massacre-feat-laffe-the-fox---ignore-the-ghost

Direct download: OLL_01_02_2016.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 2:29pm EDT