One Life Left's Podcast

As a special Christmas treat, here is the last show of the year uploaded on a Monday for the first time ever this series!

We had Ian Willey and James Everard from My Note Games in the studio to help make the episode even more Christmassy by helping us learn how to play the recorder. We think you'll find it was a huge success. If by success you mean 'as good as Little Mix'.

Our four wise contributors were Derek Williams, Duncan Timiney, Doctor Avatar and Craig 'the Rage' McLelland (live in the studio!). Luckily we didn't have time to include the Grinch Simon 'Parko' Parkin on the show. Daria is also on the podcast, but as the only woman we could think that was associated with Christmas was the Virgin Mary we decided to stop the Christmas analogies.

Truly it is the most wonderful time of the year. Except for when Peter Andre or Katie Price has a documentary on ITV2 or Living.

Team OLL x

Direct download: OLL_12_12_11.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 4:08pm EST

We hit the ground running mid-theme on this week's episode as the stream didn't work. Luckily our hero was Resonance's own Chris, who managed to retrieve this episode. And we're grateful that we did as we have a Super-Special Guest in the form of Lewie Procter from Savy Gamer. We ask him about how to save money on videogames, but really we were more interested in finding out when the Rock Paper Shotgun Annual General Meeting was taking place. We plan on forming an 'Occupy RPS' commune outside the venue where these fat cats will be (actually we rather like RPS, it's just an excuse to do some chants - chanting is the same as karaoke right?).

The excellent Derek Williams and Odds On OD return to our features and Daria changes things with the Command Market Economy, although the actual games in the chart aren't that different.

There's also more news about the traitorous and perverted Simon 'Parko' Parkin. Honestly, that boy is becoming a lost cause. To think, we stood up for him after his incredibly wrong Uncharted 3 score.

Team OLL x

Direct download: OLL_05_12_11.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 2:22pm EST

Now you may think that we're a bit harsh slagging off our rivals that only work through Medium Wave, but at least we don't go as far as Simon's company does to other PR firms. It's mostly the fault of our SSG and FOTS Pete Oliver from Namco Bandai as his Fight Club brings out the alpha male in all of us, apart from Ste and Ann who just want to do karaoke (for a change).

We try to keep the show as Skyrim and karaoke free as possible, but we may lapse into speaking about it for a few brief moments. And it was mostly Pete that caused it. Honest. And he was definitely acting in an official Namco capacity when he confirmed the Xbox Loop and agreed to sponsor the newly announced OLLCON that is being held in January (LEGAL DISCLAIMER: He definitely wasn't. Or was he?)

Old School fans of One Life Left will hear some names dropped that may cause memories in the back of your minds, and two of those come back to do some excellent features. As does Daria who may have cause to worry about one of the returning contributors...

Team OLL x

Direct download: OLL_28_11_11.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:23pm EST

Remember when we kept annoying you lot by going on about the karaoke? Well we're not going to do the same with our Christmas Party as you'll find out in this week's episode. We even keep our Skyrim talk to a minimum - sixty minutes is a minimum right?

Ste and Simon offer the warmest of non-secrective handshakes and Ann offers her laptop to Tris Defries of Rising Star Games. He tells us about the latest in Japanese games and we try to improve our listening skills by talking over him.

As well as Daria, we welcome the return of Doctor Avatar and Craig 'the Rage' McClelland. And there's also Kory from the Miriam Webster Dictionary Service who helps us soar like an eagle, before making us crash like a bandicoot.

Team OLL x

Direct download: OLL_21_11_11.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:57pm EST

We may go on about the latest Big New Game a bit too much in this episode. But we find time to stop talking about COD:MW3 and mention Skyrim a few times. Well more than a few times. In fact we mention it so much that our recording cut out for thirty seconds partway through Ste's review of Skyrim, but we feel confident that this won't affect your knowledge of Skyrim. You might not realise how much Ste likes to drink in parks though. If we get the FULL UNEDITED review then we'll make it available, although we might have to improve our sneaking skills so we can get it past The Man first.

As well as impressing Ann with our Skyrim talk, we also have Nik Blower from Nordic Games on the show and he seems just as into Skyrim as Ann does. He manages to pull us away from Skyrim for a few moments so that he can talk about his new We Sing game. However, he fails to tell us that Muenchner Freiheit are on We Sing Deutsche Hits (except it's not Keeping The Dream Alive - fingers crossed for the sequel though!).

The majority of our contributors were too busy playing Skyrim to send anything in this week, but Daria managed to get something to us. It was, as usual, amazing. But not as amazing as Skyrim.

Team OLL x

Direct download: OLL_14_11_11.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 3:36pm EST

Surprisingly, despite two of the team being within lawsuit distance on J Bieber we don't go on about him all episode and instead talk about videogames. Yes, it's that time of year when the Christmas lights go on, tops come off and One Life Left actually mention games.

After having no super-special guests we go overboard this episode with both Oli Clarke Smith and Phil Crabtree from Quarter Punch Circle Game Works in the studio and also Jen from The Bike Show making a cameo appearance. Whilst Oli and Phil were perfect guests talking about their excellent game Wonton 51, Jen was a totally different proposition. Why did she keep making notes when Ste was moving the faders? Why did she keep talking into the collar of her jacket? What reason could she have for leaving the show part way through? We'll make sure to ask her when we have lunch with her at the sushi restaurant she's invited us to.

As for contributors we've got three of those as well. Daria turns all Rory Bremners on us and shows her amazing range of voices, Odds On OD gives us some useful tips and Craig sends us all back to our University dorms through his poetry.

Team OLL x

Direct download: OLL_07_11_11.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 3:32pm EST

First off, we're sorry. You'll find out why in this week's episode.

Secondly, we're really sorry. Because we didn't have a guest booked for this week's episode so we have to talk about what we got up to in the week.

Thirdly, we're really, truly sorry. For ruining our annual pilgrimage up to the Midlands (Nottingham is as far north as Ann is prepared to go*) with drunken antics and flower based shenanigans.

Hang on, apart from the flower bit (which totes wasn't our fault) don't we do this every episode after Gamecity? Oh yeah, it's all coming back to us now! Anyway, in between blurry, drunken memories Daria and Duncan help us understand Halloween in Russia and Rivalries in games (no mention of us versus Eurogamer though).  Ariel answers another question from a listener sandwiched between some bleeping noises and Ste also gives the definitive Uncharted 3 review that will blow the whole games industry open!

Team OLL x

* Although we hear our caretaker works in the website mines in Yorkshire. He is a braver man than us.
Direct download: OLL_31_10_11.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 4:34pm EST

It's another amazing show with your favourite pop group One Life Left. Today, joining  Simon (the tops off totty!), Ste (the shy and sensitive one!) and Scanters (the girl!) is music industry expert Paulina Bozek! She talks to us about fashion, Singstar, J Bieber turning on the Christmas lights (relax girls, he's sort-of dating someone!) and when is the optimum time to take your top off while singing!

Ahem, sorry - I don't know what happened there. I'm sure once we do our karaoke night this Friday we'll get all the pop out of our system. Except for Ann and Ste.

But it's another excellent, possibly GMA winning episode today with Daria and Craig providing some excellent features. There's also the return of someone who hasn't been on FM radio for a long while, it certainly surprised us when we got his e-mail. Mostly because we thought he wouldn't get out so qucikly.

Team OLL x

Direct download: OLL_24_10_11.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 4:45pm EST

The alternative title for this one was going to be Nagoya Rumpus 8, but we thought that was going to be too obscure, even for our listeners. If you do get it, then award yourself an extra FOTS point.

The FOTS/SSG for this OLL episode is the VVG Marie Foulston from the much, much better than OK Wild Rumpus. As she wasn't developing any games (well, none that she'd tell us about) we were light on colour EXCLUSIVES, but we did manage to find out that Wild Rumpus will be collaborating with us at our karaoke night during GameCity. It's like when Peter met Jordan. They might even be at our Christmas party, along with Rock Paper Shotgun. Because the one thing our Christmas parties need are more people in the small-ish upper deck of the Blue Posts.

In the run up to the GMAs our contributors still bring excellent features with Daria's Command and Flu Market Economy and Duncan looks at big packages because Simon told him to.

Perhaps we should have asked our new contributor, Siri, if we're going to win the GMAs this year. Then we would know how much to drink at this year's awards. Oh well, we'll have to drink enough to forget, just like every other year.

Team OLL x

Direct download: OLL_17_10_11.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 3:46pm EST

It seems like it was only last week that Perestroika happened (or was it Glasnost, we find it so hard to tell with these modern haircuts) and One Life Left was made free of the cruel oppressor that took over our airwaves for three minutes every week. Oh, who are we kidding, we still miss you and your constantly self-promoting ways Derek. But Comrade Daria is hopefully a worthy replacement with her Command Market Economy.

Our super-special guest Alex May, tries to hide some exclusives from us and - for the most part - he succeeds, but we manage to get some colours announced for our fans of colours in games. He also has a smooth voice that made at least one person in the OLL chat room go weak at the knees. But that might have been when they saw how much a hotel room in Nottingham costs.

Apologies for the delay in uploading this, there were issues with our caretaker's broadband. We also have the usual apology for anyone offended by Craig's poem, but you should be used to that by now.

Team OLL x

Direct download: OLL_10_10_11.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 5:10am EST

Sad news this week (cue the music from The Incredible Hulk) as someone announces his (or her) (hopefully temporary) retirement from the show (The title gives it away you idiot - ed). The aftershocks of this announcement will be felt for some time, or until Ste finds a way to fill in the spare three minutes.

Away from news that will bring a tear to a glass eye, we have a super-special guest in the form of Nick Cowen, who shows us how freelance journalism works as he not only works in the clean, pristine world of FM radio, but also is prepared to get dirty in the disgusting world of medium wave. Brrr.

There's a bumper letters section that we have to split into two sections. Listen to see if you won a copy of Dark Souls or if you were insulted by Ste when he was drunk.

Not a huge amount of features, but the ever reliable Derek and the reliably Week A Wiki Wah-Wah-ing Duncan are more than capable of keeping you entertained. We hope.

Team OLL x

Direct download: OLL_03_10_11.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 3:23pm EST

One Life Left is a radio show about videogames. Prepare to die! This week the team talk about Dark Souls. Prepare to die! They recall the EG Expo and the party afterwards. Prepare to die! They remember how they behaved. Prepare to die, inwardly, on-air. SORRY EVERYONE.

Also in this episode:

++ The longest news story in OLL history!

++ A somewhat laborious analogy for the difficulty in Dark Souls which will only work for people familiar with early 2000s UK pop, i.e. Ste and Ann and other Popjustice veterans

++ An EXCLUSIVE Sabrepulse track! Sort of. It might be exclusive. Let's say it's exclusive

Also more brilliant music, reviews and some fabulous features including the last of the current batch from game designer Ella. Join OLL in thanking and congratulating her. We hope she'll be back for Season 8...

This is the final week without our caretaker so expect a better description and more timely podcast next week. It can't come soon enough, frankly. Real work is exhausting!

Until then,

Team OLL


Direct download: OLL_s07e13.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 9:38am EST

Bonjour! Welcome to a very French One Life Left, or at least a very French first few seconds for no reason that we can determine. Any ideas why Ann's gone Gallic? Emails to the usual address. We'd love some letters next week...

Also on the show:

++ Special guest, GMA Lady-in-Chief Caroline Miller gives OLL the once over before the commiseration ceremony at the end of the month

++ A Zumba-d out Derek Williams makes a special appeal for musicians to lend him a helping hand

++ The team spend a whole song trying to find a rhyme for 'Virgin'

And the usual features, news, reviews and chat. Music this week courtesy of Je Mappelle, Fantomenk, MisfitChris and Victory Road. Tune in on Monday for a new episode or bide your sweet time for another podcast next week. It takes an awful lot to get it up for you these days, you know (no offence). Hopefully we'll manage to get next week's episode on the internet before our beloved Fluffer / Caretaker returns from his much deserved break... 

Until then,

Team OLL xxx

Direct download: OLL_s07e12.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 4:54pm EST

We feel bad for Techland, the creators of Dead Island. All that work they did on making a really good trailer ruined by them sending the wrong version by accident.

Luckily, we don't do anything as daft here at One Life Left. There's still no super-special guest so it's just Ste, Ann and the Feminist Whore presenting. However, we more than make up for this by providing you with a haunting Glee-style rendition of the Assassin's Creed theme. Except without any twenty five year-old pretending to be cheerleaders.

We also help explain how to make games via the medium of cakes. It's just like that episode of Ace Of Cakes where they made a cake, but about videogames.

Contributors this week are Derek, the doyouinverts' Austerity Pleasures, Ella's Game Design Masterclass and Matt & Steve's Amazing Pokemon Week. Something for everyone, as long as everyone likes either the games chart, cheap games, how to make games or Pokemon.

In other fourth-wall breaking news, the caretaker is going on holiday for two weeks so Ste will be back in charge of uploading the next two podcasts. Therefore do not expect them to be released every Tuesday like the caretaker has almost done every week. And how do you repay him? By tweeting the show or writing to the website moaning about how it was a few hours late or because there wasn't even a show that week. You lot deserve Ste and his poor podcast uploading timekeeping skills.

Team OLL x

Direct download: OLL_12_09_11.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 3:47pm EST

It's hard going back to work, even after only one week away. Except because of the sheer professionalism of Team OLL you won't notice that.

You might notice that we're missing some super special guests. Perhaps their Mums were allowing them an extra day off to stay at Center Parcs or to go to Skeggy Beach or something. Either way we'll have some super special guests for next week. Maybe.

As well as our excellent contributors (Derek, Doctor Avatar and Craig this week) we talk about CoDexp and Kanye attending the launch event. We're hopeful of getting R Kelly to come to our rival OLLExp event. What's that, he's cancelled? Ok, Bubba Sparxxx then. MC Hammer? Who can we have then? MC Skat Kat? We give up.

Team OLL x

Direct download: OLL_05_09_11.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 2:48pm EST

There's nothing we enjoy more than talking about putting sensors on our body and seeing how aroused games make us. Luckily this week we finally have an excuse to do so as Graham McAllister from Vertical Slice talks to us about - no! but yes! - measuring arousal from a professional gaming capacity. Try to hear the part where Graham applies the sensors to Ste. All we can say is Graham has very cold hands, but a warm heart.

Simon is also back from Canada and Germany and we've missed his amazingly smooth segue-waying ability. It's so smooth that you won't even realise when we move onto something new. Simon also tells us about GDC Europe and the talk he attended that was hosted by The Honourable Lord Sir Charles Cecil.

Contributors this week are Derek Williams, the doyouinverts' Austerity Pleasures, Matt and Steve's Amazing Pokemon Week (and not Mel and Kim as our caretaker originally wrote it), a new Our Game Letter and the always excellent Ella giving more advice to budding (and experienced) game designers.

Team OLL x

Direct download: OLL_22_08_11.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 2:56pm EST

First off, we owe an apology to Simon. Last week we accused him of sabotaging our show, but now we've had the time to think it was probably of our our rivals for the GMAs. Especially since we've been the victims of further skulduggery which made us delay uploading this week's podcast. It couldn't have been fellow GMA nominee and last week's guest Jane Douglas could it? No, almost certainly not.

We do have another super-special guest presenter this week in Noodlefruit's Ron Festejo. Will he recognise us after four years away? Probably, once we start making errors. At least he helps us fix broken Nintendo.

And there's our amazing contributors Derek Williams, Doctor Avatar, Ariel Angelotti and Craig 'the Rage' McLelland. So it's another episode of the excellent GMA nominated gaming radio show. And it's on the super-excellent FM radio, not crackly medium wave!

Team OLL x

Direct download: OLL_15_08_11.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 3:41pm EST

Okay London, we hear you. Perhaps Simon being away and forgetting to tip that waitress was too much for you to deal with. But there was no need to riot over it.

Especially as we had an excellent replacement with GameSpot's Jane Douglas. She coped pretty well with our typically hard hitting questions and also with the microphone problems we had. Sorry about that, Simon must have taken the correct leads with him as a form of sabotage.

The doyouinverts keep trying to save us money through legal methods with their Austerity Pleasures, Matt and Steve have another Amazing Pokemon Week and Ella creates a new gaming masterpiece.

Was Derek on this week's show? We honestly can't remember (Note to Caretaker - delete Derek's bit from this podcast. He needs to know his place).

All this and we announce the dates for our GameCity Karaoke Night! So be there or be somewhere else!

Team OLL x

Direct download: OLL_08_08_11.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 2:08pm EST

We always go on about our super-special guests in these introductions, so for a change why don't we put our excellent contributors at the front for once? In this episode we've got Derek Williams our constantly self-promoting market stall holder, Craig 'The Rage' McClelland our amazing gaming poet in residence, the doyouinverts moving from making fantastic music to helping you save money with their Austerity Pleasures and Doctor Avatar trying his superb best to stop our gaming superstars from dying.

And, of course, there's the listeners. Not only do you treat us with a bumper crop of letters, but you also joined us in our Google Hangout (although we then realised that only 10 people can hangout at once and our useless Caretaker didn't even tweet the link like we asked him too). We even had a special competition for those on the hangout, but you can still e-mail us your entries if you want to.

What else happened? Oh we talked about games for once (it must have been our anniversary or something) and Dave Green sent us some lyrics for Ann to sing to music. As long as she gets within a midge's minim of the start of when she needs to sing it will be great.

Team OLL x

Direct download: OLL_01_08_2011.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 2:00pm EST

WARNING: This episode of One Life Left may contains Muse songs sung by Simon Byron.

With that warning out of the way we can assure you that the rest of this week's episode of One Life Left is excellent (not that Simon's singing isn't, but you know...). It's even a prize-winning episode as Simon awards a game to the best letter. There'll be a game to win next week as well, so be sure to write in.

One person who is already a prize-winning writer is our super-special guest - Official Xbox 360 Magazine's globe-trotting Mike Channell. We grill him as you'd expect from the expert interviewers that we are. Donate to Mike's triathlon at

Derek Williams continues his look at the charts, while Duncan sheds some light on Do The Know It's Christmas (no warning required for this one). We also have the welcome returns of Ella Lavelle and Ariel Angelotti.

If you have any good lyrics for 8-bit Karaoke then send them in to the usual address and you could have your creation sung by Simon! Oh, and let us know if you're mates with Midge Ure, we'll be nice to him. Promise.

Team OLL x

Direct download: OLL_25_07_2011.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 3:21pm EST

As you all know, we've been holding excellent parties in the Blue Posts for a good few years (along with some sexy after parties in various hotel lobbies). Unfortunately Rock Paper Shotgun failed to acknowledge this fact so we call them out on air over it.

That's not all, as Ann and Simon give a lovely rendition of what the One Life Left Christmas single could sound like. We eagerly await to hear what Rock Paper Shotgun's single will be. Knowing them it'll probably be featuring the Judas MC Simon 'Parky' Parkin.

Not that we're full of hate. In fact we're full of love for our excellent contributors Derek Williams, the doyouinverts austerity measures, Our Game, Doctor Avatar and Matt and Steve's Amazing Pokemon Week. There's also love for Leigh Alexander in the letters section, but will she accept the offer? Tune in next week to find out!

Team OLL x

Direct download: OLL_18_07_2011.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 4:40pm EST

If there's one thing that One Life Left knows our readers like then it's EXCLUSIVES. And if there are two things they like then they are EXCLUSIVES about the colours of games. We use our interviewing skills to get this information out of Mike Bithell from Bossa Studios, along with using our social media skills to see what our listeners who don't work or sleep with him think about Mike as a person.

As well as this there are two new features, Ella Lavelle takes over the youngest correspondent mantle and Q Games' Ariel Angelotti tells us about the differences between Japanese and Western gamers. If you have any questions for Ariel then send them to her on twitter @arielotti. We also have a 3D special as Derek Williams, Duncan Timiney and the doyouinverts all contribute in their own excellent ways.

One more thing, we proclaim Simon Parkin as a Judas in this episode. Sometimes we regret things that are said live on air and remove them from the podcast. Please note that we kept the Simon Parkin bit in.

Team OLL x

Lonely Tunes - Don't Be Afraid Of Being Alone
the doyouinverts - Unleash The Simulated Family
Jredd featuring Groovemaster 303 - Volt City

Direct download: OLL_11_07_2011.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 3:11pm EST

Never let it be said that One Life Left is not prepared for all emergencies and when your resident News Fox is ill, then that's a pretty big emergency.

Luckily substitute News Fox Harjeet managed to slip into Ann's poorly shoes successfully. But where would Harjeet copy the news from? Would it be from Ann's favourite Eurogamer or would she look further afield?

As well as Derek Williams promoting himself and the welcome return of burglar-chasing Craig 'the Rage' McClelland and his Twelve Ages of Craig, we also have two new features with Our Game (literally a new feature in the writer's case) and Matt and Steve's Amazing Week. And don't forget the announcement of our secret project for the year. With a line-up like that how could we fail? Well, Ste and Simon are still presenting so it's highly likely.

Direct download: OLL_04_07_2011.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 3:29pm EST

Ann Life Left, much like a total lunar eclipse, does not happen often. And when it does you'd better make sure you're around to see it live, because releasing it as a podcast will usually take in excess of a week. That's how a lunar eclipse works, right?

It's all worth it though, because here she is - the Scanters' Party Quiz edition!

Two teams. Some ill-conceived quiz formatting. Questions about videogames that are probably correct. BUZZERS AND BELLS.

Super big thanks to Ed, Claire, Simon and Hannah for being the teams. They really were good teams (although, without giving anything away, one was better than the other).

See you next time Ste and Simon go on a naked fishing holiday together!


Direct download: OLL_x09_Ann_Life_Left_2.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 4:20pm EST

We know, you're upset that Lulzsec have disbanded. But this world just isn't big enough for both them and One Life Left to be around in.

What we're trying to say is we're back, Back, BACK! With a new website, a new scoring system and some new features. Well, two out of three isn't that bad. Or is it one out of three?

In this week's episode we also speak to our super-special guest Adam Marsh from about how to pick up strange men on trains using a 3DS. Occasionally we mention his website, but as it's about games we keep it to a safe minimum.

Other subjects we touch on are Ste and Ann's superhero alter-egos, people spotting Derek live on the show, the perils of finding a replacement for Taliah and Simon's strange hand gestures. So another game-centric episode in other words.

Also feel free to contact us via the usual address if you would like to contribute to the show, or just send us a letter if you want.


Team OLL


VCMG - Caffeine

Pirates with Paper Hats - Halo

Yerzmyey - Critical Error

Direct download: 01_One_Life_Left_--_s07e01_--_145_-.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 2:20pm EST

E3 2011 is three weeks away. Or is it? Join Simon, Ann and games industry luminaries Michael French (editor-in-chief, MCV) and Nicholas Lovell (director, as they:

* Talk about E3s gone by. Learn all about the time Simon heard actual gunshots, the cost of EA's screen, and whether a $7billion party is a good idea

* Spoil E3 2011 by revealing what will be announced. We go there so you don't have to go there.

* Forget to properly credit the music tracks, most of which are from 8BC or YouTube.

Next week, Ste will be back from the pub to present another OLL spin-off. Or is it Ann Life Left? I don't think we ever got to the bottom of it.

Direct download: Crystal_B-OLL.output.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:17am EST

No Continues is One Life Left’s off-season weekly book / game club. Each week the team discuss three different games that incorporate a single theme. Last week’s theme was 'Building'. You can listen to Episode 6 here.

This is the last episode of No Continues for the forseeable future. Thank you for your feedback and for enduring our experiment. There'll be news on One Life Left's return very soon. Watch our Twitter feed for more information.


Team OLL / NC


Direct download: NC06.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 7:58am EST

No Continues is One Life Left’s off-season weekly book / game club. Each week the team discuss three different games that incorporate a single theme. Last week’s theme was 'Physics'. You can listen to Episode 5 here.


Next week’s theme is ‘Building’. The three games chosen for dissection by NC this week are:

1. Tetris (Alexey Pajitnov, 1984)

Play it everywhere. I mean, come on. or


2. Bridge Builder (Chronic Logic, 2000)

All kinds of versions available here.


3. Minecraft (Markus Persson, 2009)

Play it here:


Play, listen and contribute to the show live on Resonance 104.4FM at 7pm on Monday evening, or we’ll see you back here for the podcast.

Team NC


Direct download: NC05.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 10:05pm EST

No Continues is One Life Left’s off-season weekly book / game club. Each week the team discuss three different games that incorporate a single theme. Last week’s theme was ‘Platforms’. You can listen to Episode 4 here.


Next week’s theme is ‘Physics’. The three games chosen for dissection by NC this week are:

1. Thrust (Jeremy Smith, 1986)

Play it here.


2. Peggle (Sukhbir Sidhu / Brian Rothstein, 2007)

You can find this on most formats now -- the PC version is here ( but the iPod version comes recommended too. 


3. GIRP (and QWOP) (Dr. Bennett Foddy, 2011)

Play it here:


Play, listen and contribute to the show live on Resonance 104.4FM at 7pm on Monday evening, or we’ll see you back here for the podcast.

Team NC


Direct download: NC04.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 7:24pm EST

No Continues is One Life Left’s off-season weekly book / game club. Each week the team discuss three different games that incorporate a single theme. Last week’s theme was ‘Simulation’. You can listen to Episode 3 here.

Next week’s theme is ‘Platforms’. The three games chosen for dissection by NC this week are:

1. Chuckie Egg (A&F Software, 1983)

Play it here:

2. Super Mario World (Nintendo, 1990)

Best played on the SNES, of course, but you'll be able to emulate it with no problem (assuming you own the original, of course, or whatever the spurious piracy-enabling reason du jour is). There are remakes and reissues available for the Game Boy Advance, Wii and GameCube, so I'd favour those if you can't find the original cartridge.

3. Knytt Stories (Nifflas, 2007)

Play it here:

Play, listen and contribute to the show live on Resonance 104.4FM at 7pm on Monday evening, or we’ll see you back here for the podcast.

Team NC

Direct download: NC03.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 7:31pm EST

No Continues is One Life Left’s off-season weekly book / game club. Each week the team discuss three different games that incorporate a single theme. Last week’s theme was ‘Adventure’. You can listen to episode 2 here*.


Next week’s theme is ‘Simulation’. Ignore what we said at the end of Episode 2, because the three games chosen for dissection by NC this week are:


1. Populous (Bullfrog, 1989)




Not easy. There's a Master System version online here, but the best way is to follow these instructions.


2. Sim City (Maxis, 1989)


Playable online via this link (only works in Internet Explorer) or through DOSbox emulation by downloading here. There are also iPhone / Android versions; since we're talking about the art of building a city rather than anything relating to the original version, those will suffice.



3. Photopia (Peter Favaro, 1986)


Play it here.


Play, listen and contribute to the show live on Resonance 104.4FM at 7pm on Monday evening, or we’ll see you back here for the podcast.

Team NC



* Honestly, the Zelda discussion is a bit vague and directionless, not least because we lost a couple of the group at the last minute. Apologies for that; we're learning the best way of doing this too, so things are going to be a little clumsy sometimes. SORRY. The other 45 minutes is radio book game group GOLD, though. Honestly.

Direct download: NC02.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 3:44pm EST

No Continues is One Life Left's off-season Weekly book / game club. Each week the team discuss three different games that incorporate a single theme. Last week's theme was 'Mazes'. You can listen to episode 1 here.


Next week's theme is 'Adventure'. The three games chosen for dissection by NC this week are:


1. The Legend of Zelda (NES, 1986)

Play it here.


2. The Secret of Monkey Island (LucasArts, 1990)

PC version available through Steam, iPhone / iPod Touch


3. Photopia (Adam Cadre, 1998)

Play it here.


Play, listen and contribute to the show live on Resonance 104.4FM at 7pm on Monday evening, or we'll see you back here for the podcast.


Team NC


Direct download: NC01.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 5:39am EST

It's the very last episode of Season 6 and that means the team, typically, are in a boistrous, last-day-of-school mood. Which is fortunate because they've only got one pre-recorded feature and an hour of airtime to fill. So, videogames, eh? What're they all about? And etc. Spring Break!


Also in #144:


++ Lots of pre-GDC chat. How accurate were our predictions? Did we even predict anything, or just giggle a lot? 


++ OLL retrofuturespective discussion: a bit of looking backwards, a dash of looking forwards. Do we have any plans? What are those plans? Oh.


++ Some news, some reviews, some OBE-chat. You know the drill. It's been a long season. And a fun one, right? Right? Right?


And that's it. One Life Left will be back in April. But keep your ears on Resonance 104.4FM and your eye on this feed because we'll be doing other things in between.




Team OLL


PS If you want to contribute to the new series of OLL get in touch.


PPS See you soon! Love you xxxxx

Direct download: OLL_s06e24.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 9:59am EST

Ste's back and it's his birthday -- twenty-one again, etc. But more importantly, perhaps, it's Valentines day which means the One Life Left studio is full of love. For videogames? Well, some of them...



Also in this episode:


++ Ste finds out about plans for the fifth anniversary party


++ Ste finds out what Simon and Ann talked about last week


++ Ste finds out why he shouldn't let the other two run the show for a week


Of course, the positive thing about episode #142 was that it appeared, albeit HIDEOUSLY TAGGED, on the internet less that 24 hours after recording. This is not the case here, obviously. Sorry! But it won't be a problem for Season 7. More details to follow...


See you on Monday for the final show of the year.




Team OLL


Direct download: OLL_s06e23.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 6:35pm EST

Wait! Check your calendars. Is it a Thursday? No. A Friday? Nope. SaturdaySundayWednesday? Sorry.

Maybe it’s Monday at 7:00pm and you are listening live? Then how comes you’re on a bus or a train or running a run or something?

Yep, as a sort-of apology for our recent lack of podcasting urgency, we present yesterday’s show. If you touch it you will see it is still warm.

So, in our penultimate penultimate show of this series:

STE! Banished from the studio for being too damn sexy!

SIMON and ANN! Host!

LEO TAN! Returns.

Fine music is played, members of the games industry who have been honoured by the Queen are threatened with extreme physical violence, and we have four EXCELLENT features.

It is an okay show. 7/10.

Hey, we’re not here next week – but please don’t let that stop you from writing us words, We’ve had few suggestions on how to further our OBE/MBE/C3PO aspirations, so get cracking on those.And if you can't think of anything, write us a letter anyway - we will literally be giving away T-shirts on our next show to people what write us. 

See you the week after next!

Simon, Ann (and sexy Ste). xxx

Direct download: OLL310111.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:36am EST

The final one of three OLL's that almost never were brings a new adventure: how can they do a show with no features, no music, no themes and a broken Mac? We join the broadcast at 7pm with The Bike Show's sassy salsa muffling abject panic in the Resonance FM studio:




Also this week:


+ The OBE discussion moves on with a look at what we can learn from the games industry professionals already honoured by HRH The Best Queen Ever




+ A review section manfully steered by Simon as Ste tries to put out bits of the studio that are (metaphorically???) on fire


Audio levels are a bit of a mess, particularly during the reviews section. As always we've tried to fix it in post production but it's not the best. Apologies for that.


Next week: Simon and Ann do the show on their own. Probably for the best.


See you soon!


Team OLL


PS I said this last week, and the week before that, but it deserves repeating for a second time: PLEASE remember to follow us on Twitter / Facebook / tell your friends / etc. We rely on word of mouth for publicity. WE NEED YOU AND CHERISH EVERY PIECE OF HELP YOU GIVE US. Thank you, thank you.

Direct download: OLL_s06e21.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 10:56am EST

Welcome to the second part of catch-up trilogy! With Simon excused from duty, the episode from the 17th of January has a different tone to most episodes of One Life Left. Ste and Ann actually talk about games! I know. Imagine. Or better yet, listen.


Once you've listened please let us know what the episode was about? It has been ages and we can't bear to listen just in case it's unlistenable. That would be awkward.


Things we remember:


1) Some chat about the new OBE adventure.


2) ... Music? Features? More Taliah?


3) That's it.


See you shortly for part 3, which was a ludicrous nightmare for all kinds of reasons. But definitely fun.




Team OLL



PS I said this last week but it deserves repeating: PLEASE remember to follow us on Twitter / Facebook / tell your friends / etc. We rely on word of mouth for publicity. WE NEED YOU AND CHERISH EVERY PIECE OF HELP YOU GIVE US. Thank you, thank you.

Direct download: OLL_s06e20.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 12:01pm EST

One Life Left shows are like buses. They're noisy, difficult to control, dangerous to cyclists and they have very little to do with videogames. No, wait, that's not right...




Isn't it something to do with how you wait ages for one and then (potentially) three come along at once? Like:


1) This episode, which was lost for two weeks before Ste managed to locate the memory card (which came perilously close to the washing machine)...


2) Last week's episode, which didn't record (because we had to borrow one from Resonance, which turned out not to work) but we're hoping for a bootleg copy tomorrow...


and 3) Tomorrow's episode, which you can hear live on Resonance 104.4FM or streamed at at 7pm. Normally we'd tell you to wait for the podcast, but, etc.


We'll be addressing our 'timing' 'issues' in Season 6*, 


In this episode, the first of the trilogy, please find some minor amount of videogame discussion alongside One Life Left's plans for 2011 and lots of brilliant music / features. It's going to be a good year.




Team OLL



PS Remember to follow us on Twitter / Facebook / tell your friends / etc. We rely on word of mouth for publicity. WE NEED YOU AND CHERISH EVERY PIECE OF HELP YOU GIVE US. Although we were on the iTunes front page over Christmas, apparently. Thank goodness the featured show wasn't an end-of-year car-crash or anything, right? HMM.


* Someone else is going to put the episodes online, basically.

Direct download: OLL_s06e19.mp3
Category:Show -- posted at: 12:48pm EST