Antstream Arcade Twitch Superstar: Kim Justice
In the third of our Antstream Arcade Twitch superstar features, we talk to another of the bright heroes spreading the retro gaming glory of Antstream Arcade via streaming platforms. This week, answering questions on her gaming history, favourite games, Antstream Arcade and more, is Kim Justice. You can catch Kim on Twitch at https://www.twitch.tv/kim_justice, YouTube https://www.youtube.com/kimblejustice and on Twitter @KimxxxJustice. Finally, if you want to further support Kim’s work, head over to https://www.patreon.com/kimblejustice.
On with the retro inquisition!
Antstream Arcade: Hello Kim! What are your earliest memories of gaming?
Kim: Hello! I was quite young – about 5 or 6 – when I first got a Spectrum +2a. I used to mainly play stuff from Codemasters or Ocean, Dizzy and Robocop and the like. Also, 3D Deathchase and Chuckie Egg, and to be honest, I can’t really remember a time when I wasn't doing some sort of gaming!
AA: What game first really captured your imagination?
Kim: When I started getting my Mum and Dad to take me to the arcades around 1991/1992, my imagination really got captured by videogames, and there were so many awesome ones at the time: Street Fighter II, The Simpsons, Wrestlefest and so on. Obviously they were a bit more advanced than the Speccy games I was more used to playing, but the games combined with the atmosphere of the arcade, all the sounds, it was something I always found quite intoxicating, even if I didn’t know what that word meant back then!
AA: On the spot time part 1: what has been your favourite era for gaming?
Kim: Um, I always find this question really tricky. Obviously the whole 16-bit era really sticks out to me because that was the real formative time and I suppose I would pick that if you put the proverbial gun to my head. But then I can think of something that was really special from almost any era right up to now, whether it’s going 3D for the first time, or some lovely indie game. But yeah, probably the 16-bit era. Mega Drive, Super Nintendo, Amiga… there was so much.
AA: How and when did you start streaming?
Kim: I started streaming as a little thing to go along with my YouTube channel a couple of years back, although I was never hugely consistent with it – streaming on a YT channel can be a bit of a pain if you’re generally known for doing documentaries and other highly edited stuff. So I eventually decided to start streaming exclusively on Twitch around May 2020 and I’ve not looked back. It’s been quite a cool thing to do, especially during these whole lockdown times.
AA: On the spot time part 2: favourite game of all time?
Kim: I think that Final Fantasy VII would have to be my choice, purely because of the great effect that it had on me growing up. It was my first big old massive RPG, and was the game that pretty much took over my life for a good chunk of my secondary school years. I’ll never forget it being one of the first 3D games I played and just being amazed by it. Which is kinda funny when you look back now at all those blocky figures!
AA: We love blocky on Antstream Arcade! But how do you choose which games to stream?
Kim: Usually on a whim, or with the help of the chat. I’ve often tried to make a good plan for games to stream but it usually doesn’t work out. The chat seems to have some quite strange proclivities as well; every time I do Antstream Sunday, they just have to see BMX Ninja on the Spectrum at some point, even though out of all the games on the service, it’s indisputably the worst!
AA: What do you think of Antstream Arcade?
Kim: I love it! I’ve been aware of what the Antstream folks have been doing for a couple of years now since they did a presentation at the London Play Expo. I’ve always thought it a bloody good idea although I was worried about the execution and if it was super-feasible to play retro games through an on-demand service. But now the platform is going from strength to strength, there’s so much cool stuff to play and I rarely have any problems, if at all. It’s a really great way to play retro games thanks to the community vibe and the way it’s set out makes it a lot easier to find stuff you might never have played before.
AA: Do you get a good response streaming Antstream Arcade?
Kim: The chat highly enjoys it and I think it’s quite a natural fit seeing as I predominantly stream retro games. The audience really likes it and those who’ve signed up with Antstream themselves seem to dig it a lot too – every time I go in there, I see more names on the high score table that I know from my chat, or from the chats of folks like Trista Bytes, Robbotron and company.
AA: Any requests?
Kim: I’d love to see more in the way of Mega Drive and SNES games, plus other assorted console stuff. Also, I wonder if some modern retro-styled games would be a good fit – there’s a lot of really good original homebrew out there.
AA: Finally, Kim Justice, on a scale of 1 to 10, how geeky are you?
Kim: There are some traditionally geeky things that I’m not really into, but then I’m very geeky about the things that I am into, even if they’re not necessarily geeky things…
AA: We’re gonna need a number…
Kim: Um, um… I guess, about 5? Right in the middle. It’s not a bad place to be, but you have to keep prying the splinters from the fence out of your arse.
Thanks to Kim for her time – stay tuned for another Antstream Arcade streaming superstar profile soon!