One Life Left's Podcast

The last day of radio term always sees a bit of giddiness among the team. The presenters don't wear their usual radio uniform, you can bring your board games and videogames into the studio (although Simon always brings his Switch in), and Lewis Schaffer brings in cakes for us all to enjoy. But one thing Team OLL never does on the last day of term is go skiving. UNTIL NOW.

Ann decided that instead of doing the final news of the season, she would rather be driven to Italy by her in-laws. This meant that there was a news-shaped hole in our show. Normally this would result in Simon and Ste seeing what was on Eurogamer, but they had planned ahead and got Sega Badawi aka Caretaker Ben down the Skype line to tell them videogame news that was slightly too long for the news jingle. Considering that Ben couldn't hear the jingle and kept losing his place on his script it worked alright. He even provided us with some Nintendo Karen updates.

Once Ben was gone, Ste and Simon had the chance to talk about what they are planning to do over the summer and tried to clarify what the big Gamescom rumour was in 2018. We also booked our first guest of Season 20, made some Marioke announcements (and some pre-announcements), and joined the Slayers Club.

Cheerio and happy holidays!
Team OLL x

Links:
https://www.instagram.com/whoamiamyouareme/
https://slayersclub.bethesda.net/en/
http://www.denki.co.uk/portfolio/autonauts/

Reviews:
https://www.konami.com/games/us/en/products/pixelpuzzle/
https://supermegabaseball.com/
https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Nintendo-Switch/FINAL-FANTASY-XII-THE-ZODIAC-AGE-1438870.html
https://store.steampowered.com/app/410320/EARTH_DEFENSE_FORCE_41_The_Shadow_of_New_Despair/
https://robjinman.itch.io/pro-office-calculator
https://store.steampowered.com/app/865270/LIBRARY/
https://store.steampowered.com/app/1071920/_Foreign_Frugglers/
https://store.steampowered.com/app/1102030/KLAC/
Another word game

Tracklist:
1. adaMills - Lighthause
https://chipmusic.org/adaMills/music/lighthause
2. 8-BIT Chintendo - Stereophobia
https://chipmusic.org/8-BITchintendo/music/stereophobia

Direct download: OLL_29_07_2019.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 12:54pm EDT

As we all know, One Life Left is recognised throughout the world as the longest running videogame radio show and also as one of the most modest radio shows. But sometimes we need some personal thanks. A little realisation that we've done a good job. And this week's Super-Special Guest Nicholas Lovell gave us some Super-Special Thanks in the acknowledgments of his latest book, The Pyramid of Game Design. Getting unconditional thanks is really something that we don't deserve. Ahem.

Nicholas was on the show to talk about his current role, which is Games Director of Hot Wheels ID. It's a way of incorporating your physical Hot Wheels cars with an online gaming experience. The prospect of thinking how to make this as excellent as it could be is what dragged Nicholas out of consulting and back into a full time role. But mostly we tried to think of songs that we could write about Nicholas, as we made a promise to him last time he was on the show.

We also found out what Simon expects from a barbeque, if Ste is drifting, how long adult humans live for, and what Damo has been up to. The most unusual fact we discovered is how often authors get their book sales data. Although the ‘swipe before they wipe' fact was quite close.

Cheerio!
Team OLL x

Links:
https://twitter.com/nicholaslovell
https://twitter.com/gamesbrief
https://twitter.com/danctheduck
https://www.gamesbrief.com/the-pyramid-of-game-design-designing-producing-and-launching-service-games/

Reviews:
http://nightcall-game.com/
http://alteredmatter.com/etherborn/
https://store.steampowered.com/app/739540/Break_the_Game/
https://obradinn.com/
http://bombercrewgame.com/
https://twitter.com/thatskygame

Tracklist:

  1. Coconums - Amalgamy (short)
    https://chipmusic.org/Coconums/music/amalgamy-short
  2. Astrolander - Never Late Again
    https://chipmusic.org/stancoolness/music/george-clanton---never-late-again-8-bit-cover-by-astrolander

Direct download: OLL_22_07_2019.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 2:17pm EDT

It's a bit weird talking about yourself in the third person isn't it? Luckily this week's Super-Special Guest Ben Hall had no problems with that, but as he doesn't work in the games industry our interview with him went to places that we don't normally go to. If you need to know what the best train is in videogames, if you can get from Peterborough to Croydon without changing, and who would be our train getaway driver then this is the interview for you.

We also celebrated Amazon Prime Day (which just seems to get earlier and earlier every year), found out what Ste has just bought, try to work out where Ste is working, and we got very confused by the Kong family tree.

Cheerio!
Team OLL x

Links:
https://twitter.com/uppi17

Reviews:
https://www.devolverdigital.com/games/ape-out
https://drmario-world.com/
http://roguemance.com/
http://www.residentevil.com/4/

Tracklist:

  1. 8-BITchintendo - Famitracker Water Track
    https://chipmusic.org/8-BITchintendo/music/famitracker-water-track
  2. Sofaspartan Music - Ancient Myth
    https://chipmusic.org/sofaspartan-music/music/ancient-myth

Direct download: OLL_15_07_2019.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 3:23pm EDT

No Super-Special Guest this week means we get to look at the items that we've neglected for the past few episodes. A look in our collective spam folders shows that we had been missing out on other SSGs, genuine job offers, and opportunities to improve parts of our bodies. So if you've been really annoyed at us for not responding to an email we're sorry. Although if you're on The List you might be waiting a little bit longer for that reply.

There was some pre-Develop chat, with two of the team potentially making themselves homeless. Simon spent part of last week meeting the gaming aristocracy, by meeting Lord Sir Charles Cecil (presumably at one of those exclusive members' clubs). We also found out about another distant relative of Simon's, we believe that we're now up to four countries. Let us know if you're a Byron and you need to buy any Switch games when you are in the UK.

As the world's longest-running videogame radio show we took the opportunity to talk about Stranger Things, and tried to work out how much of a journalist Ann is. We also clarified if adults played Fortnite, and worked out the Slay the Spire can be played on mobile.

Cheerio!
Team OLL x

Links:
http://bit.ly/ShouldntKickstarters

Reviews:
http://www.eloh-game.com/
https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Nintendo-Switch/Super-Mario-Maker-2-1514009.html
https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Nintendo-Switch-download-software/Slay-the-Spire-1423987.html
https://fabledgame.com/en/pirates-outlaws/details
https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/cadence-of-hyrule-crypt-of-the-necrodancer-featuring-the-legend-of-zelda-switch/

Tracklist:
1. Cuby The Box - w8v
https://chipmusic.org/CubyTheBox/music/w8v
2. Amateur LSDJ - Tabula Rasa
https://chipmusic.org/amateurlsdj/music/tabula-rasa

Direct download: OLL_08_07_2019.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 3:29pm EDT

It seems that it was only last week that we had Ann Scantlebury on as a Super-Special Guest, and now she's performing stylish and professional jingles for one of the coolest radio stations around. That's what being on One Life Left as a Super-Special Guest will do for you, so feel free to let us know if you're interested. Being a presenter? The benefits of that are still yet to be realised.

You'll be pleased to know that there's a Damo update in this week's episode and we also get to confirm if Richard Bates is a nice person or not. However, the debate about what constitutes projectile vomiting is still ongoing.

We also find out what Ann's office is like, think of ways to make money off Telltale, learn about emergent gameplay in Dead by Daylight, and try to get Klamm to notice us. Klamm: Please let us be the One Life Left that you keep referring to.

Cheerio!
Team OLL x

Links:
https://gamesdonequick.com/
https://twitter.com/hdtgppod

Reviews:
https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/framed-2/id1163105252
https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/cadence-of-hyrule-crypt-of-the-necrodancer-featuring-the-legend-of-zelda-switch/
https://supermariomaker.nintendo.com/
https://www.helloneighborgame.com/
https://twitter.com/riskofrain?lang=en
https://store.steampowered.com/app/503580/Duck_Season/

Tracklist:

  1. Klamm - Daenerys Stormborn
    https://chipmusic.org/Klamm/music/daenerys-stormborn
  2. Outaspaceman - How Can This Be
    https://chipmusic.org/outaspaceman/music/how-can-this-be

Direct download: OLL_01_07_2019.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 2:21pm EDT