In our latest Antstream Arcade Twitch Superstar feature, we chat to another of the bright heroes spreading the retro gaming glory of Antstream Arcade via streaming platforms. This week, in celebration of International Women’s Day, we proudly present Louise Lcx, answering questions on her gaming history, favourite games, Antstream Arcade and more. You can catch Louise on Twitch at https://www.twitch.tv/louise_lcx, and on Twitter @louise_lcx.
On with the retro inquisition!
Antstream Arcade: Hello Lou! What are your earliest memories of gaming?
Lou: Hey hey! My earliest gaming memories are from when I was about five years old. My older brothers absolutely loved games and were forever pestering my parents for the latest games and consoles. Christmas was always HUGE for us as this was usually when we’d get some sort of console. My brothers showed me the ropes from a young age.
AA: Which games and consoles first captured your imagination?
Lou: The first console I played was the Sega Master System and I remember trying to play Alex Kidd on it and failing miserably! I was just a toddler though ha-ha! The Mega Drive, however, was the first console I was given, so Sega has always had a strong impact on me when it comes to gaming. As to which game, that’s an easy one: Sonic The Hedgehog. I would play it on the Master System and Mega Drive, and it consumed me as a kid. I love everything about it, especially the music and Sonic as a character.
AA: On the spot time part 1: what has been your favourite era for gaming?
Lou: The Nineties, definitely. That’s when I gamed the most, and I loved heading home from school knowing I could just kick back and play some games. The mid-Nineties and nearing the end of the decade was so memorable to me; I got my Nintendo 64 and discovered Diddy Kong Racing, Goldeneye and Zelda: Ocarina Of Time. I also started PC gaming at that time, playing games such as Command & Conquer Red Alert and The Sims. Then of course the Dreamcast came out too! Sonic Adventure and The House Of The Dead were my favourites, and I have so many fond memories of playing all these games as a kid. Those memories will always stay with me and make me smile.
AA: How and when did you start streaming?
Lou: I’m very new to streaming, in fact so new I still have the tags on! I always wanted to do it and started to consider streaming a couple of years back when my brother and I were going to start a channel together. But then during my teens and early twenties I fell away from gaming quite a bit and would only play my favourite classics every now and then. Then lockdown hit, and it was the perfect time to start. I was furloughed and had lots of free time on my hands! That was eight months ago and I haven’t looked back. It’s one of the best things I ever started doing – it’s been amazing.
AA: On the spot time part 2: favourite game of all time?
Lou: Aargh I don’t think I can answer this! There are so many games I adore!
AA: Oh, go on…
Lou: OK, if I had to choose it would be Zelda: Ocarina Of Time. I really felt that game when I was younger and it left such an impression on me. It’s a game I can replay over and over again and NEVER get bored. It has such a fantastic storyline, the music is mesmerising and it was the first time I experienced that ‘open world’ feel. The water temple still irritates the life out of me though!
AA: We feel your pain! How do you choose which games to stream?
Lou: Usually I just choose games that I fancy playing that week. I’ve always fallen into the retro gaming category, though, as I like to play through older games that I didn’t get to play when I was younger, or games that I did play but were too difficult for me to complete. Now that my channel is growing, I’ve created a game list which is increasing in size each day. Usually during the weekend I’ll start a poll on Twitter with a few of my game options and let my viewers decide what they want to see me tackle next.
AA: What do you think of Antstream Arcade?
Lou: Antstream Arcade has opened a door to me that I don’t think I’d ever have gone through had I not downloaded it. I wasn’t a huge arcade kid when I was younger – there weren’t many arcades around where I lived at the time and I never owned an Amiga or Commodore 64. So being able to browse and play all of these fantastic games… I’m like a kid in a toy shop – the games library is huge!
AA: Indeed it is! Do you get a good response streaming Antstream Arcade?
Lou: Streaming Antstream is really enjoyable. My channel is very community-based, so being able to talk about old games and see viewers get excited over games they enjoy or haven’t seen in ages is great. As a streamer, having that involvement with my community is extremely important. I will always receive suggestions of what I should play when I browse the Antstream library, and the fact others can follow me on it too is a bonus. I like that I can compare my scores to others and being able to challenge my friends.
AA: What do you think of the Antstream Arcade tournaments?
Lou: They are a great way to bring people together who have the same love for those specific games. I think it’s a great idea, and who doesn’t love a little competition?
AA: What games and improvements would you like to see to Antstream Arcade?
Lou: It’s such a good idea, and really well executed. But I’d love to see a selection of SNES, NES and Master System games as I think that would be a great addition to the platform. It would also be great if the multiplayer games could be played co-op online – being able to play these games with friends and viewers while I stream would be awesome!
AA: Finally, Louise lcx, on a scale of 1 to 10, how geeky are you?
Lou: I’m a solid 8. Ain’t no doubt about that!