Antstream aims to bring retro gaming to a modern audience

Antstream is a new gaming service which aims to bring a vast catalogue of retro games to PC, Mac, Xbox One and Android via streaming tech. It’s basically aiming to be a Netflix for retro gaming. They are currently seeking backers on Kickstarter, and have reached their goal of £60,000, which will enable them to bring the service to the PS4 by the end of the year, as well as the previously mentioned devices.

Antstream is the brainchild of CEO Steve Cottam, and is a project years in the making. He was inspired by his involvement in 3DO development in the mid-nineties, and he wants to bring back the joy of retro gaming to a wider modern audience. The aim of the Antstream platform is to eliminate the need to trawl dark corners of the web for emulators and illegal game copies, or the need to purchase expensive retro hardware to play retro games.

The Challenges add an extra dimension to the selection of retro titles.

The Antsream platform will launch with 400 games initially, with over 2000 fully licensed titles in the pipeline. The service will feature some classic games from platforms like the ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64, Amiga and Mega Drive, as well as a selection of arcade cabinets. There’s plenty of nostalgia here to bring tears to an ageing old gamer’s eyes. The service will also feature a Challenges system which enables you to challenge friends to Score Attacks, Speed Runs and Boss Rushes amongst other things. The thought of playing Skool Daze or Sensible Soccer on an Xbox One or PS4 is quite bizarre, but most welcome. To become a backer, head over to their Kickstarter page here by the 10th May.

 

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Written by Kevin M

I've been addicted to gaming since my parents bought an Atari console way back in the 70's. I progressed to the iconic Speccy, Amiga, and all the Playstation platforms. Having seen games evolve from single pixel bat and ball, to HD constructed environments, gaming has changed much from my early years. Having defeated the rock hard R-Type on the Speccy, the biggest challenge I've faced so far is putting up with the hordes of American teens spouting abuse in the current generation of consoles, noob indeed!

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