11 episodes

A Life Well Wasted is an internet radio show about videogames and the people who love them.

A Life Well Wasted Robert Ashley

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    • 4.9 • 898 Ratings

A Life Well Wasted is an internet radio show about videogames and the people who love them.



    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.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    ALWW update: Eternal Life Vol 2

    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.

    • 24 min
    ALWW update: Eternal Life Vol 1

    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?

    • 23 min
    Big Ideas

    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.

    • 58 min


    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.

    • 45 min
    Artists, Fans and Engineers

    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.

    • 1 hr

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
898 Ratings

898 Ratings

Lotloxa ,

A show about Fans, not games

Gosh, listening to Fans, Artists, and Engineers again, and wow, Jerry (?) made themselves a Switch decades before it came out. I swear, the series gets better every time I listen to it and the number of reviews past the last episode should demonstrate the evergreen quality of these episodes.

Unlike a lot of podcasts about video game culture, this show really touches on what draws people into the community, as opposed to whatever the latest, hot release or controversy is.

Also, the music is amazing!

fulltilted ,

Npr needs to buy this

The best!!!! Still listen to old episodes. You should just do this show and have us the fans pay you. Loved you on GFW podcast also.

wesley thomas johnson ,


An incredibly well-produced experience. You’ll learn a lot and be throughly entertained. Please bring it back.

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