Tuesday, May 5, 2009

A Life Well Wasted

You owe it to yourself to check out the relatively new gamer podcast, A Life Well Wasted, from host/editor Robert Ashley. Upon first listen it becomes immediately apparent that this is not the standard "three nerds and a microphone" format. Ashley makes no bones about his love for the radio as a medium on the site, and it shines through with careful application of editing, music and scripted segues. (Not to mention the affected "NPR" I-just-got-out-of-bed college radio voice. Please stop!!) His choice of topics is also excellent, with the first episode focusing on the demise of EGM magazine and the second highlighting game fans and their crazy collections. I haven't listened to the third (and latest) episode yet.

Unfortunately, all this quality comes with a price, as it appears that Ashley is only able to produce one of these a month. But to be fair, he is also writing the thing and composing all the music (courtesy of his own band). So cut him some slack! Very nice, indeed.

Side note: there does not appear to be any way to provide feedback for the show. I would love to tell him about the annual video cabinet sale that occurs each summer at the Lakeside Ampitheater...

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