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 16th January 2009

Cripes. It’s that time again. I’ve got to do one of them chart thingies. But what games have I sold this week? Barely any. That makes it a bit difficult then. These are hard times. Don’t people know it’s important to spend money with a free market economist for life and not just at christmas? This neglect and disloyalty should not go unpunished. Just as soon as I can figure out some way in which I can punish my customers without punishing myself.

10. X-Files – Playstation £5

It’s one which has often been lurking around just outside the chart. It’s a game that often goes on the old Playstation. I don’t really know why though as it’s quite rubbish. But then there’s not many reviews around for these days now. Playstation is just yet another retro console now. It often gets returned amid claims of it not working but in actual fact it’s just that they’re stuck one of the many ridiculous and obtuse puzzles in the game.

9. Final Fight Streetwise – PS2 £6.99

Why on earth would someone want this disgrace to a once great arcade game? The customer informed me that it has a ‘great story’ too. Fool. Even the original didn’t have a great story. Admittedly you don’t get many walk-along beat em ups these days. But when you do they’re all rubbish. This is a rubbish beat-em-up given made even worse by being made all gangsta/urban/street. Ugh. It disgusts me. So much in fact I decided I didn’t want anyone to actually have it and pretended it got lost. Instead I made him buy..

8. Resident Evil 4 – PS2 £10

Always worth having in. I always buy it when it’s offered but I never seem to have more than two copies in stock at any one time. This version was the special tin edition. Like that makes much difference. I bet the tin is a size just slightly too big to fit in a DVD rack or something. Or maybe slightly too small. Like HD DVD and Blu-Ray. Grrr.

7. The Punisher – PC £10

The game so shockingly violent they had to make the torture scenes black and white. Hmm. Yes well that really helps doesn’t it. So it’s okay to cut people up and twist their arms off and stuff just so long as it’s not in colour. Maybe it hurts less in black & white or something so it’s not so bad. I’ll have to try it next time I get an awkward customer.

6. Surf’s Up – Wii £15

Undoubtedly parent buying for absent child situation. Absent at time of purchase anyway. While I haven’t played it, this I’m sure it’s a mixture of tedious ‘party game’ modes and tedious inept platforming which is just enough to keep the kids amused I guess. Lokit da funny pengwins!

5. Tiger Woods 09 – Xbox 360 £22.49

I can’t get rid of them from the stall but it goes online. I’ve had it on the stall at £19.99 for around 6 months now but no interest. They used to be all the rage in the PS2 era. But then if you’ve been playing the same game on the same courses for all this time, approved it’s bound to lose some appeal. After all, the actual golf courses don’t get yearly updates do they? Or do they? I don’t know I don’t watch golf so don’t ask me.

4.  Motorstorm Pacific Rift – PS3 £28.92

Which is a bit odd as I only listed it for sale online at £24.99. Still I’m not complaining. I knew I had to get rid of this quick. It’s not a really major racing game and thus it’s a shelf sitter. Motorstorm didn’t do so well and no one has been asking me for the sequel. Did ANYONE ask for a sequel?

3. Improved Weather

It’s not quite as cold as it was. Therefor my working conditions are less hostile. I’m still haivng several pints of coffee to keep warm though. Sadly my stall can’t support the power requirements of any electric heaters. It just trips the power all time.

2. Samurai Warriors 2 Empires – 360 £2,000

It’s not quite Dynasty Warriors 6 or Samurai Warriors 2 but it’s still pretty great. The extra strategic elements are great stuff but there are certain unfortunate problems with the main battle system. The unreliable nature of base output making it hard to find somewhere to regain health. Most of the time it’s only dropped by defeated officers. Still building up a small force into one that can conquer all of Japan is terribly exciting, especially now there’s added little bits like getting your officers to do a tea ceremony together and.. (Snip! – Ste)

1. Competitions involving Dungeons and Dragons Stormreach!

I have five copies of Dungeons and Dragons Stormreach MMORPG to give away. It’s the deluxe version but without a box and also without any figures. So it’s more a slightly above average version than deluxe. It’s got a pretty map with it and you’ll get 30 days free play but after that it’s going to cost you about £9 a month.

So if you want to get yourself a copy tell me what would be the best competition idea for a Dungeons and Dragons Stormreach giveaway. Best five answers get a copy.


  1. iainl says:

    Hi Derek. Surf’s Up is actually not that bad; it’s not a tedious collection of minigames but a surfing stunts game – basically Tony Hawk but on water and a lot easier. I enjoyed it enough to complete on the 360, anyway.

  2. uglifruit says:

    Re. Dungeons and Dragons Stormreach MMORPG Competition.

    The best competition would be to get entrants to roll two D10s, and use them as a percentile (with 00 representing 100%), then apply any modifiers (e.g. ‘a +2 magic mouse’) they may have. This should be further tweaked by arbitrary race/class prejudices that you may harbor.

    The final figure would be their score. And the one nearest to the number you are thinking of, wins.

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