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 30th January 2009

I’m feeling a bit Fifa. Or perhaps Pro Evo. Same thing with minor updates each time. I’m thinking I’m totally stuck in a rut right now. Could this possibly point to why I never went for any kind of life in writing. I’m not going anywhere with my FME productions either. So what can be done to revitalise what is already becoming a bit stale? I know I’ll cut my hair a funny shape and go and sulk in a corner for a bit! That’s got it! Commence the Chart Market Emoconomy!

10. Competitions Involving Dungeons and Dragons Stormreach

Hardly anyone bothered entering. This further proves I’m worthless and unwanted. No one understands me. I’m probably the least liked feature of OLL. I’m going to go cut myself.

09. Splinter Cell – Xbox £2.99

I like this game lots. It’s all about hiding in dark places. It reminds me of all the dark places within my soul. You can feel Sam Fisher’s inner despair at killing all those terrorists. He has to kill them, online it’s his job but you know he has to feel sad that someone has died.

08. Need For Speed Underground – PS2 £4.99

Takes place all at night. Vampires come out at night too. It would be totally cool to be a vampire. To stay forever young and live outside of society’s rules. You’d get to be totally free and it wouldn’t matter that everyone hates you because you’re like so much more awesome. Though you live forever and stuff. But that might make life a bit poring. You’d probably get depressed and probably drive a stake through your own heart after a while.

07. Hot Wheels Stunt Track Challenge – PS2 £6.99

Never mind hot wheels. Hot Topic is what you want. Have you seen the awesome stuff they have on their website?  I bet My Bloody Valentine shop there.  They have the most awesome lipstick colours too.

06. Medal of Honour European Assault – PS2 £9.99

I’m bored of that whole emo gimmick. It was perhaps not a terribly clever or original idea. Still that’s never stopped me before. All my words are secondhand and useless in the face of this. But I digress. I’m still constantly amazed that the terrible terrible Medal of Honour games sell for so much money. Older gamers tend to like them most but they seem to sell to pretty much everyone anyway. I wonder what I’ll get for Vanguard..

05. Burnout Paradise – Xbox 360 £15

A fine game with lots of fun. A worthy investment considering how much potential fun there is on offer in its online world. Quite a lot of downloadable content to get from first off though. Hence them releasing that updated version. I wonder how many people are now driving around in the Delorean from Back to the Future now..

04. Mirror’s Edge – Xbox 360 £17

I’m still playing myself. I still like it. But I’m still faced with the problem that I can’t play it for that long before it makes me feel very ill. It is incredibly frustrating though when you don’t know where to go and it just points up. Unlike some people, more about I find it often works best when it’s slow. Taking your time and puzzling it out as to how to get to different places. But then it goes and throws time limits in sometimes. I play it without shooting people because I’m soft.

03. Banjo Kazooie Nuts & Bolts – Xbox 360 £25

It’s not a seller from the stall though I did get asked for it once this week. They wouldn’t have bought it though. I know these things. You get to know your customers and this one was clearly a useless timewaster. I had intended to give this game another go with it being rated so highly. I just found it a bit annoying first time. It’ll come in again in the future when it’s worth less. Or worthless.

02. Left4Dead – Xbox 360 £32.99

An online sale admittedly but it sold fast and I don’t see this around much. And it’s not that new out. I tried playing it last night, ask not realising that it was an FPS. I can cope with Mirror’s Edge because it’s mostly open spaces and I can often take it slow. This seems to feature fairly faced paced rushing about in enclosed spaces. To start with anyway. This is guaranteed to make me feel very ill very quickly. Why does it take so long to load things though? It took ages to load to the menu. Far longer than a lot of games. It’s unusual to see such progress bars these days. Wish I could play it and see what it is that’s making everyone, including OLL superguests, love it so much.

01. Samurai Warriors 2 Empires – Xbox 360 £9,000

That’s the estimated worth of the game of course. It’s been totally gobbling up my free time. It’s exciting and tactical and just generally brilliant. You should really get it if you know what’s good for you.

So that’s it. You’ve still got time to enter the D&D compo. I’ve got two left! Do I have to start offering money as well or something? PLEASE GET THEM AWAY FROM MY STALL!!

2 Comments

  1. Eman says:

    Actually, it’s not skill, it almost takes the skill out of it. 8/10 dehtas I had, I actually started shooting them first. Something is broken with that game, and all halo’s since halo 1. Why does there have to be a trick to kill someone? I kid you not, I shot someone while following them down a hallway, ran out of bullets, did a melee attack, and they still didn’t die!!! then I die during the reload!! I’m sorry but thats just not fun for me. I’m pretty good at FPS, I’m not great, but above average I would say. I’ve been playing a lot of MAG, where you don’t get the luxury of running right at someone and killing them. My accuracy is pretty good, and I’m always in the top half or quarter of the ranks in a game. Now, I know they are different games, but I can’t kill crap in halo, it shouldn’t be that big of a gap, it’s still just a FPS. If they cut the health/shields in half, it would be a good game, I actually like that skull collecting game, but I can’t stomach the crappy game play.

  2. Great insight! That’s the answer we’ve been looking for.

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