One Life Left

Definitely the UK's favourite radio show (sort of) about videogames.

Commissioned by London’s award-winning Resonance 104.4 FM in early 2006, One Life Left was only meant to run for six episodes.

Take that, The Man because now, somewhere around one hundred and fifty episodes later, it’s in its seventh season and grown from humbling, terrified, fumbling beginnings into one of the station’s most valued shows.

Take THAT, The Man. Also take that, British radio standards.

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Chart Market Economy 21st November 2008

Derek Charting

With just over one week to go until my live performance of Free Market Economy things takes the world by storm once again and barely a month until christmas, you can really tell things are really hotting up. Will Need for Speed Undercover make an exciting chart entry despite its shockingly poor quality? Will Mirror’s Edge’s demo quality reflect in quality sales? Will the world be at war over the new Call of Duty? Will..  (Just stop the rubbish puns and get on with it – Ste)

Okay then without further ado here are the results of this week’s games sales. In no particular order (It’s hardly a chart if you don’t do it in any particular order, now do a proper chart or else – Ste)


10. Transformers (movie version) PS2 £10

Selling for good money, despite being a horribly boring and clunky game. It had actually sat on my shelf forgotten about for a good six months and I’d forgotten to reprice it. Naturally it was a case of a mum buying for her son. Gosh I love clueless parents.


9. Fight Night 2004 PS2 £5

Initially this customer wanted a straight swap for his Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter Simulator but that’s only worth £3. He came back later with £5 as he’d just sold his game for the money to ‘some random bloke in a games shop’. See, every game tells a story. Probably.

8. Deal or No Deal DS £10

Random number picking is in this week. My cosmic ordering of wanting with all my heart to be rid of this game finally paid off after around 6 months of it gathering dust. I think this proves Noel is right. About everything. Ever.

7. Dogz Wii £10

Dogs wii. Snigger.

6. Grand Theft Auto IV 360 £17.50

It’s really not selling like it was but then it’s not really been as big as previous ones. I still get more requests for San Andreas. Many people are complaining it’s too short. I thought the whole point was you could play and mess around after doing the main game or even as you play through the main story. I still recall my unsuccessful first date in the game where we drove straight into the pond in the crazy golf course.

5. Guitar Hero III – Legends of Rock (game only) £17.50

It’s been here a while but only dropped £2.50. I’d have probably let it go for £15 really but only if absolutely necessary. They were going on to buy Guitar Hero World Tour afterwards which is why they didn’t need the guitar. I told them they should go out and buy Ro(CENSORED – Simon)

4. 50 Cent Bulletproof PS2 £5

True to form for the Doncaster public. They just love stabbing people in the eyes to rap music whilst wading through the floor. Or something. I’ve still got plenty in stock but this is a regular seller. Sadly.

3. Canis Canem Edit PS2 £5

Only slightly less objectionable than the 50 cent game. Did they really have to make the main character that ugly? It’s like staring at my customers all the time. The customer in question was particularly excited about the prospect of firing a catapult at people and beating people up. I’m sure he’ll be quite disappointed when he has to protect some nerds rather than kill them. As violence is the only thing these people understand I promptly beat him over the head with my chair until I’d knocked some sense into him.

2. Stranglehold 360 £7

Selling an astonishing two copies in one week elevates this to the number 2 position from nowhere. It’s normally a very poor seller. I try to convince people it’s really amazing, which it is, a bit. I tell them it’s like being in a Hong Kong action movie like say A Better Tomorrow or Hard Boiled. At which point I get a ‘huh?’  and it’s given back to me.

1. Dynasty Warriors 6 360 £5000

Pro Evolution 2009 was going to take the top spot via a comedy public vote but it kindly stepped aside to make way for games which truly deserve it.

So it’s over for another week. The Doncaster public ignoring my new release stock of Saints Row 2, Far Cry 2, Sontum of Qualace and Banjo Nuts and Bolts and Call of Duty 5. Are times that hard that people can’t afford £30 for a game? Hopefully things are going to improve in the next few weeks but right now, times are rather hard. Please help me not be homeless this christmas and send some money via paypal to (Snip! – That’s quite enough of that – Ste)

I’m Derek Williams and hopefully next week the computer won’t crash as I type this up, losing an hour’s work


  1. dbot says:

    Number 1 for two weeks running! Or more. Just how long has Dynasty Warriors been at number 1 Derek?

  2. iainl says:

    As long as it takes for him to finally persuade me to buy a copy. Which, now the NXE has enabled me to get rid of its 0 Gamerscore rating dragging my average down after he tried to get me to play it once, may be some time.

    Not that it’s bad, just too expensive.

  3. Jimmy G says:

    Did anyone else picture Derek as being in his late forties? My mental image has been smashed. I can only hope that Craig ‘the rage’ really is a seven foot tall, willowy giant with Art Garfunkle hair.

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