My father loves science fiction, and as a kid, I would always want to watch the alluring things that he’d have on TV, no matter how creepy. This early education introduced me to some classics, like the X-Files and Planet of the Apes and also some awful B movies. Zoe Quinn and Alex Lifschitz’s Antholojam brought me back to the space operas and scary aliens of my childhood.
Antholojam follows a unique business and creative model. It is a “curated game jam” with Lifschitz and Quinn acting as the editors to this collection of video game short stories. Each of the fourteen games in the itch.io download was created during a game jam based on the “Golden Age of Science Fiction” that took place from November 19th through December 19th of last year. “The Golden Age of Science Fiction” is known for its commitment to “hard sci-fi” and its exploration of cerebral themes, and the games in the collection adhere to that formula in a number of ways.