'only' wrote the one game for Magnetic Scrolls. Apart from 'Fish!',
did you toy around with some more story ideas?
John and I worked on 'FISH 2: Fish Harder' for a while conceiving
it as an online multiplayer game... but we had neither the time
nor resources to complete such a task. I'd still like to redo
'Fish!' as 'Monkey Island', but we'd seriously need some funding
to do that. And the rights to it, which I assume are still in
Anita and Ken's hands. I would love to work with John and Pete
again on a new project.
also helped out on other titles in development at the time,
like Jinxter. John was around for earlier titles as a tester
and code monkey.
do you think are the differences when you compare the Magnetic
Scrolls games to, for example, the Infocom games? What sets
the two companies and their approach to writing games apart?
Writing style and approach. Infocom were very American, we
were very British. Weird that Douglas Adams went to Infocom
and not to Magnetic Scrolls, but hey... maybe we couldn't afford
him. It's a cultural thing. I LOVED the Infocom stuff, because
the writing was so good. That is something we had in common,
but then I would say that. I think the differences were Transatlantic.
happened in your life in the post-Magnetic-Scrolls-era?
My writing career crashed and burned about 6 years later,
when I went into HTML and web development, specialising in Flash
animations. I worked for Microsoft Developer Network and then
Disney Channel UK. When all the web work dried up around 2003
I got a job teaching film-making at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre
School in Bristol, South West England. Been there ever since.
I am a writer, film maker, teacher, comic-book
artist and podcaster.
you still play interactive fiction games or computer- and video-games
Having spent about 15 years being a writer for game magazines
and playing computer games for a living I stopped playing around
about the time I had kids. I've just started again in the last
few years, I'm a big fan of 'Tomb Raider' in general and the
'Batman Begins' game is perfection. Also going back and playing
LOTS and LOTS of retro games, I have emulators for everything
on my Mac.
thank you so much for taking the time to answer all of these
questions. It was an honour and a pleasure talking to you. Good
luck with all your future plans!
Hey, no problem - it was fun.