One Life Left's Podcast

For some reason there was a piano in the corner of the Resonance FM office and we felt it was a sign for Team OLL, not least because it had its top off. Two thirds of Team OLL had just flown in from Sweden (boy were our arms tired!) so we were still a little giddy from hosting an awards ceremony and giving hotel lobbies the gift of karaoke. Which reminds us: Come and see us this Saturday in Nottingham GameCity.

This week’s Super-Special Guest was Jamie Firth, who was on in his role as one half of Monkey 99 - the hot new company to help indies (and majors) produce their videogames. We find out if all publishers are evil, where indie game developers go wrong and if Jamie knew everything about his business partner before they joined forces. He really should have spoken to our HR director before he made the leap - it would have helped him immensely.

Next week is our three hundredth episode - expect us to forget and not do anything spectacular. But we’ll probably have the dependable Sega Badawi providing us with Local News as he did this week. We’ll also find out if Simon’s PSVR has finally made its voyage to the bottom of the canal where it will join his Wii. Fare thee well, Simon’s PSVR.

Cheerio!
Team OLL x

Links:
https://twitter.com/Monkey99_
https://twitter.com/mrjfirth
http://sched.co/8Xxn

Track list:
1. Duck Boy - Going Down in Smoke and Flames
http://chipmusic.org/Duck+Boy/music/going-down-in-smoke-and-flames
2. Bryc - Swellv2m
http://chipmusic.org/bryc/music/swellv2m-farbrausch-v2-softsynth

Direct download: OLL_24_10_16.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 2:07pm EST

Sometimes we think we go a bit too obscure with the titles for our GMA-nominated podcasts. This one was inspired by our Super-Special Guest Gary Burchell, who is in the middle of creating the pirate game (but not the pirated game) Abandon Ship. See? It’s quite a clever title really. Gary told us all about Abandon Ship, which has been described as FTL meets Master and Commander and has been used by games journalists as an opportunity to do lots of poor puns. We asked Gary about what it was like to go indie, why he hasn’t put his name in the title and why water ships are better than space ships.

It’s also the week after the GMA awards so we EXCLUSIVELY reveal if we won and who managed to avoid putting their name on The List. We also remembered an incident that we’d really like to blank from our memories.

We also started a new news feature which every other GMA nominated podcast will be copying in the future and saw Rob Beer and Sega Badawi returning with their regular contributions. Ann made a special announcement and one piece of news got a little too close to home for Team OLL.

Cheerio!
Team OLL x

Links:
https://twitter.com/gjburchell
https://twitter.com/GameAbandonShip
https://twitter.com/Monkey99_

Tracklist:
1. This is embr - Affection
http://chipmusic.org/this-is-embr/music/affection-demo
2. Toasterpastries - Mathluv
http://chipmusic.org/toasterpastries/music/mathluv

Direct download: OLL_17_10_16.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:12pm EST

After an Ann-sized absence (or Ann-sence) last week we welcomed the return of our HR director and person who reads the full news story (and not just the url). But what did she get up to in Iceland? How deep did the conspiracy go? And how were eggs involved?

This week's Super-Special Guest did not bring any eggs, but he is a Cooke! It was Robbie Cooke from Rebellion who was on the show to promote what some are calling 'the best PS VR launch game' - Battlezone. It's an official VR version of the old Atari wireframe game and sounds really good. But we were more interested in how Rebellion bought the IP rights from Atari and how we could use it to improve our own standing in the videogame world.

We were also excited as the day after recording we were going to find out if we had won our second GMA. While you wait with baited breath to find out the result, keep listening to hear what Simon's son uses the most sophisticated of voice recognition technology to do, find out the latest local news from Sega Badawi and help us find out some gossip about Bithell's new mate Perko.

Cheerio!
Team OLL x

Links:
https://twitter.com/Cookie_Vonster
http://declandineen.com/checkpoints/

Track list:
1. Klamm - Nukem
http://chipmusic.org/Klamm/music/nukem
2. Veenomn - Jamn
http://chipmusic.org/veenomn/music/jamn

Direct download: OLL_10_10_16.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 4:35pm EST

After a wonderful time at the Slush Play conference in Iceland, Ste successfully made it back to the studio. Ann didn't and neither did Ste's top. Unfortunately Simon was also going through sports jet lag due to the baseball and also because of him 'be'ing Alex Hunter. Yes, it's hard to believe but a game has finally knocked Star Wars Battlefront off. Perhaps it'll be joining Simon's Wii at the bottom of the canal before too long.

Our Super-Special Guest is James Long, who created a game that is Top Secret. It is based on Edward Snowden and the events leading up to him releasing his leaks. Perhaps we've said too much just by having James on our show, but we think we can tell you that it is a real time email game where you react to actual emails that were sent out at the time. And we provide clear evidence that you can monetise your brand on One Life Left through Simon, sorry 'Alex', buying the game on air. And, if we haven't made it clear enough, the game's name is Top Secret.

We also had some Confessions of a Part-Time Gamer, a bit of Local News and an Ann Investigates From Iceland. Well, maybe not the last one but we're going to pretend we did in our next show just to check if Ann listens to the show and reads this bit. Although going by our news section this week we probably shouldn't annoy her too much.

Cheerio!
Team OLL x

Links:
https://playtopsecret.com/
https://twitter.com/jamestyro

Track list:
1. REDACTED
2. Garvalf - Deux Saisons
http://chipmusic.org/garvalf/music/deux-saisons
3. Veenomn - Wake up!
http://chipmusic.org/veenomn/music/wake-up!

Direct download: OLL_03_10_2016.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 3:08pm EST