A Life Well Wasted
By Robert Ashley
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A Life Well Wasted is an internet radio show about videogames and the people who love them.
||ExplicitWork||Robert Ashley talks to a developer at a big game studio about his strange trip from blue collar work to video game work, gets a lesson in work ethic from legendary game designer John Romero, finds out what can happen when you give your work away for free, and profiles Nick Smith (aka Ulillillia), whose body of work includes one of the Internet's most monumental--and strange--personal websites.||3/20/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitALWW update: Eternal Life Vol 2||Robert Ashley returns from the mysterious deep with another musical offering that won't satisfy your desire for more episodes of A Life Well Wasted, but might hold you off for a while longer.||3/20/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitALWW update: Eternal Life Vol 1||Robert Ashley checks in with you to see how you've been. Oh, did you hear that he has a new album coming out? Want to hear it?||7/11/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBig Ideas||Robert Ashley edits listener-submitted game ideas into one big, crazy game, talks to the guy who owns the rights to Tetris about his plans to save the world, gets a lecture on the future of games from a New York University professor, and meets a struggling game blogger who happens to possess freakishly enormous genitalia.||6/23/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||Help||Robert Ashley helps people in videogames instead of helping people in real life, meets a comedy group who spend hundreds of hours every year playing the most boring videogame ever created, talks to a guy who quit playing games for a year, and profiles the best selling pinball designer of all time.||11/25/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||Artists, Fans and Engineers||Robert Ashley visits a cosplay enthusiast, talks to the founder of an art show about videogames, discovers the strange world of fan fiction radio plays, and profiles a self-taught computer chip designer racecar driver/roller derby bruiser.||8/31/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||B-Side: Why Game?||Listeners tell stories about why they play videogames.||5/28/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||Why Game?||Robert Ashley wonders why he spends his free time playing videogames, asks random people on the street about it, talks to a researcher whose work attempts to harness the brain power wasted on gaming, gets to know an eccentric, forward-thinking game designer who lives sustainably with his family of four on $14,000 a year, and gets a first-hand account of what it’s like to work on terrible games (and what it's like to get terrible reviews) from an anonymous game developer.||4/29/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||B-Side: The Henry Lowood Interview||Pretty much the opposite of A Life Well Wasted, this is the unedited, full interview with Stanford University gaming curator Henry Lowood, as partly heard in Episode 2.||3/11/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||Gotta Catch 'em All||Robert Ashley explores the world of collectors and archivists, visiting a massive underground collection of videogames, a vintage pinball museum, and a program at Stanford University that hopes to save the history of online gaming.||3/3/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Death of EGM||Robert Ashley talks to former Electronic Gaming Monthly writers and editors about their experiences at the long running magazine.||1/27/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
Bobito brings something unique to the podcast space
"A Live Well Wasted's" high production values and overall level of polish make it a more than welcome addition to what is becoming a crowded market of videogame-related podcasts. It's clear that Ashley has put the same amount of work and care into his first podcast that he would have put into a well-written magazine article. While the traditional, less polished, style of podcast certainly has its place, it's nice to see a more thoughtful approach to the medium. If the round-table style podcast is the auditory equivalent of a hurried blog entry--where immediacy is more important than perspective and polish--then Ashley's "A Life Well Wasted" is analagous to a well-edited magazine piece, where every sentence is in place for a reason.
A paradigm shift in podcast game journalism
This hasn't been done quite this well before; a podcast with an introspective, in-depth look at video games and the gaming culture that speaks well to any social group, not just to “hard-core” gamers. An audible editorial for anyone even the least bit interested in the hobby.
Robert Ashley enthralls and entretains
Mr. Ashley aka Bobbito delivers the goods in great form, with a flowing voice that is sure to keep listeners hooked on his promising future podcasts. The EGM dissolution seen from within is a hot topic expertly handled in Robert's unique style. A Life Well Wasted is most certainly not a wasted podcast. Video gaming enthusiasts and Yaddle milk connoisseurs should not miss Robert Ashley's podcast.