A Life Well Wasted is an internet radio show about videogames and the people who love them.
Robert Ashley finds out what it takes to speedrun games in a blindfold, visits a museum in Moscow dedicated to Soviet-era arcade machines, and talks to a group of friends about a childhood summer spent dreaming up a game of their own.
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.
ALWW 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.
ALWW 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?
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.
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.
Stunning, creative, moving, unique
Thanks to Robert for this early Xmas present.
This isn't a podcast, it's a carefully crafted radio documentary. The infrequency of the episodes is just a reflection of how much time is taken to find original & compelling stories. A huge amount of work is also put into the production, and is layered with riffs from his band ICTS. Each episode is an absolute joy to listen to. My favourite subscription on iTunes by a long way.
This podcast is amazing, it's the only thing that gets me through the working day. I can't wait until every new episode. Must listen!!
I love this
Please make more, although I will always be waiting however long it takes.