This is a discussion on How does ante change the game? within the online poker forums, in the Tournament Poker section; Taking part in a free tournament now. Usually i play 6 player cash games without ante. I play relatively tight so to say (idk)
Antes definitely put constant pressure on the short stacks. The good thing for them is there's more than just blinds in the pot. The extra tax to play creates a better gambling experience, as there's more at stake. This could also deter a player from sitting out, since the player would lose chips every hand. I mean, it's really just designed to get everyone to pay up. I think that's really the entire point. It's fair.
There's critical period in a tournament. Watch the increase in Antes and adjust your game accordingly. The usual and most basic method is to tighten up when getting very close to making it in the money (ITM). From there, don't hesitate to grow your stack applying a Tight aggressive play while in position on your opponents. Don't underestimate the power of C-betting on a potential flop.
Ex : PFR w/ QJs as the button. Get called by the BB. Flop comes T59. I'd definitely C-bey everytime on that kind of flop in position.
Your hands have a lot of potential, don't let it go to waste.
High antes in tourney gives you incentive to try and steal the blinds. This is a good thing to try to do with hands that maybe aren't ideal, but can still win if a steal attempt is called (Stuff like AT, suited connectors, etc.). Stealing blinds and antes adds up quickly - you're getting about 2-2.5 BB per successful steal, a godsend when you have 10-15 BB. It can be tricky when a steal attempt fails, however. I personally still need to learn more about it myself.