A Life Well Wasted

An internet radio show about video games and the people who love them.

E7

Work

E7

Work

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.

-- Published March 20, 2013

E6

Big Ideas

E6

Big 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.

-- Published June 23, 2009

E5

Help

E5

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.

-- Published November 25, 2009

E4

Artists, Fans and Engineers

E4

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.

-- Published August 31, 2009

E3

Why Game?

E3

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.

-- Published April 29, 2009

E2

Gotta Catch 'em All

E2

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.

-- Published March 3, 2009

E1

The Death of EGM

E1

The Death of EGM

Robert Ashley talks to former Electronic Gaming Monthly writers and editors about their experiences at the long running magazine.

-- Published January 27, 2009