If there is one tune which is ingrained into my memory, it’s the theme of The Archers, a British radio play, which my parents seemed to listen to every hour of every day when I was a kid. It was all set in Ambridge and is to do with several farms waging war on each other with pigs in biplanes or something like that.
As fate would have it, I got to design a little audio play myself when Amazon started looking for some audio games for their new Alexa device. Inspired by ‘choose your own adventure’ style designs I set about taking an established murder mystery quest from RuneScape and re-writing it as an interactive audio experience.
The project taught me that, hey, guess what? I sort of REALLY like story and dialogue writing. I was also happy to take part because usually, games are all about OMG 24K PIXELS LATEST SUPER-HD REFLECTIONS, but here, the focus is totally on audio. It was fantastic to give the audio folks at Jagex the limelight for once. They more than deserved it.