That Amazon Echo Game

In the summer of 2020, I was hired by Amazon Game Studios as a lead narrative designer for a new project. Reasoning that anything with a screen can be made to play games, Amazon was ready to turn its voice-activated device, the Echo, into a game console. I headed up a team of three other writers. We were told “it’s a contemporary comedy, like Parks & Recreation or Gilmore Girls. Make it funny, and keep it clean.”

One tarantula-throwing contest, Neanderthal pro-wrestling debut, and absinthe-smuggling caper later, we had a game. Working on it was a blast — there’s nothing like laughing every day to keep you sane during the pandemic.

It’s supposed to come out in the first quarter of 2021, but other than that, I can’t say much. Watch this space: when I know more, I’ll tell you.