Spawn real-life games, movies, pictures, and other media (directly from your PC or the internet) into the virtual world. Anarchy Arcade is a media-focused 3D desktop with multiplayer and internet capabilities. It will turn your entire PC into an entertainment experience!
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Release Date: Sep 3, 2014

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“We have a small development team. Early Access allows us to focus our efforts onto the features that matter the most to our users.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“Anarchy Arcade should be fully polished and out of Early Access by January 2015.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“The release version will provide first-time players a more elegant introduction into using Anarchy Arcade. It will also provide the features that were seen as most important by the Early Access users.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“In its current state, Anarchy Arcade is more than suitable for daily use as your primary 3D frontend to your PC.

However, you will experience a small amount of bugs & game crashes. You will also have to put some effort into learning how to do simple tasks, but after that it should be quick & easy to perform them.

The intro sequence is not very polished, but there are short tutorial videos included to help get you going.

There will be some features that are noticeably absent, such as missing in-game previews for certain file types.

Multiplayer mode is functional, but there are no dedicated servers and arcades are read-only when in multiplayer mode.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“Anarchy Arcade is free in Early Access, but it is possible that it will retail for a very low price when it is released.

As of now, Anarchy Arcade is a mod built on the Source SDK Base 2013 Multiplayer game engine and is distributed to users free of charge via Steam.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“Anarchy Arcade is being created specifically for the users' enjoyment, so user feedback is of primary concern.

The Early Access discussion acts as a direct line between users and the development team. If you have any questions, suggestions, or impressions to share, you can start a conversation there and get a prompt reply.

There is a public TODO list that shows all features that are waiting to be implemented, and the priority they'll be worked on. The list also contains bug reports and change logs for serious testers to follow along with. You can also participate via live Twitch.tv video streams of testing sessions hosted by the development team.

Easy & anonymous surveys will be routinely offered to Early Access players in order to get valuable feedback from more casual users.

The feedback will be directly used to improve the user experience of Anarchy Arcade.”
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March 3

Valve Fixes AArcade Workshop

Today Valve fixed the legacy items on the Anarchy Arcade workshop! You can now browse and subscribe to all 600+ items!

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March 2

Client Update 3/2/2015

  • Added a "Launch w/ Black-Screen Fix" option when launching AArcade from Steam.
  • Added a "Launch w/ Manual Resolution" option when launching AArcade from Steam.
  • Added a "Launch w/ Safe Mode" option when launching AArcade from Steam.
  • Added auto-detection of the required Flash plugin version.
  • Added a notification for people who don't have the correct Flash version installed.
  • Added SteamVR launch support.
  • Added a "Black-Screen Fix" option for VR launching as well.
  • Moved the "Nodestyle" tag to the top of the workshop tag list.
  • Changed the ConVar "auto_libretro" to 0 by default. Change it back to 1 if you want libretro to automatically load compatible media on the in-game screens when you click on them.
  • Fixed an issue that caused AArcade to crash if you had a shortcut at the exact origin of a node.
  • Added emulator profile for PCSX2.

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About This Game

Launches ANY program, supports THOUSANDS of community made maps & models, doesn't lag you down, and is the easiest & most useful 3D desktop out there. Start using it today and your entire PC will turn into an entertainment experience! Supports the Oculus Rift for a virtual reality experience!

Immerse yourself in the metaverse by transforming your desktop & the internet into a 3D world you can explore with your friends.

Anarchy Arcade is a media-focused 3D desktop with multiplayer and internet capabilities. It's unlike any game or program you've ever played before. With it you can consolidate everything you do on your PC into a fun & interactive gaming experience.

You use Anarchy Arcade to:
  • Create personalized, immersive 3D experiences filled with your favorite things.
  • Launch the links, games, movies, and other 3D shortcuts just like normal.
  • Share these experiences with your friends in multiplayer or web links.

Merging Reality with Virtual Reality

Anarchy Arcade lets you spawn real-life games, movies, pictures, and other media (directly from your PC or the internet) into the virtual world. In the screenshots here on the Steam Store page, we have labeled these real-life media items with a [CENSORED] sticker so you can easily see them. Just imagine your favorite stuff under those stickers.

Gameplay

Anarchy Arcade has persistent worlds. You never have to worry about saving or loading your progress. Things are always just as you left them. Each map gets transformed into a personalized 3D desktop.


In singleplayer, you always start in an empty arcade and turn it into an awesome arcade by spawning 3D shortcuts to your favorite games & movies. Everything you put into your arcade is worth a certain amount of points. When your arcade is worth enough points, you unlock the next arcade in the campaign.

Hosting or joining a multiplayer arcade allows you to explore the collections of your friends by walking around with them in the 3D world, much like singleplayer. Anarchy Arcade can launch the 3D shortcuts for any game or movie that you personally have access to. It can also give you links to places you can buy or download games or movies that you don't have access to.

In-game previews can be synchronized so you and your friend can watch videos together right inside of the virtual world!

NOTE: Anarchy Arcade does NOT use peer-to-peer file sharing or screen sharing functionality. You must personally have access to a game or movie to be able to play it. However, synchronized local file playback and other techniques are used to give the illusion of file and screen sharing without the need for strict moderation.

Anarchy Arcade is a Sandbox

The uses of Anarchy Arcade are so broad that it was necessary to focus on a specific aspect to help guide new players. Check out the discussion to see some of the great use ideas ranging from education to virtual meetings.


Anarchy Arcade's gameplay is focused towards media uses such as games, movies, music, etc. However, you are free to use it how ever you like. This is anarchy after all, you make the rules!

Anarchy Arcade is built on the Source engine and is able to mount & use resources from many other Source engine games including Team Fortress 2, Counter-Strike: Source, Gary's Mod, and more! It is also able to use community addon maps & models that were built for such games.

There are thousands of addon maps & props that are compatible with Anarchy Arcade. You can also use the Source SDK Tools to create your own addons. Steam Workshop integration coming in the future!

Storyline

You are a techno-genius with a fetish for hardware. The day after you move into your empty, new apartment, a package arrives on your doorstep. You unbox it to find that somebody has sent you a mysterious [censored] device! With this device you are able to teleport in hardware from the Nth dimension!


You start by spawning your entire movie collection on your wall; each movie on its own HD 4K flat screen TV. State-of-the-art technology... but then you realize time isn't an issue in the Nth dimension. Soon your new apartment is stuffed with media and technology from all eras of history. CRT's running old console games, arcade cabinets with their lights flashing, pinball machines with their gears clanking, futuristic motion simulations spinning out of control!

It doesn't take long for your ridiculous apartment arcade to become the talk among all your friends. Every day you have people stopping by your apartment, asking for a tour or wanting to play some of the awesome games & movies in your collection. It seems like the party never ends.

But now it's time to take your [censored] device on the road by traveling with it to different venues; transforming everywhere you go into a timeless living exhibit of art and technology for the world to enjoy.

Features

  • Supports the Oculus Rift for a virtual reality experience!
  • Works with Steam games, non-Steam games, movies, YouTube videos, pictures, websites, etc.
  • Launches your files & programs. just like normal!
  • Instantly ALT+Tab to switch between programs.
  • Goes into sleep mode while you play other games. (Doesn't lag you down!)
  • Emulators are supported! (But not included.)
  • Automatically finds YouTube trailers and HD boxart to use on 3D shortcuts.
  • Does not interfere with Windows or your normal computer use.
  • Anarchy Arcade does NOT come bundled with any additional games or movies. It simply is a fun & entertaining way to access your personal media collection and share the experience with your friends.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows® 7 (32/64-bit)/Vista/XP
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Video card must be 256 MB or more and should be a DirectX 9-compatible
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 5 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: A QWERTY keyboard and a mouse are also required. An internet connection is required for internet connectivity.
Helpful customer reviews
66 of 97 people (68%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 13
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Tricked friend into looking at dong.
10/10
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16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
27.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 6
Early Access Review
This is brilliant :) I love being able to see all my games out visually. There's something about seeing them in various arcade cabinets that make me want to play them. Can't wait until the multiplayer is more developed. So far no servers that appear. Can't wait to see what else is added. (in world building/scripting? or arcade-wide music?)

Highly recommended.
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13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
28.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 20
Early Access Review
EDIT 2/21/15: Steam Workshop support is up and running for sinlge player mode (to be changed to multiplayer once Valve fixed the Steam-wide Workshop issues).

I installed and tested my first Virtual Desktop way back in 1998. It came with a new Gateway PC and, while it was an interesting concept, there was nothing about it that made me fell like it was any better than just clicking on my desktop icons. Since then, I've tried several more, with the same results: install, play around a bit, say "meh," uninstall. But....this. This...this should be called Addictive Anarchy Arcade. It's ridiculous how often I boot this thing up to walk around a virtual space to play a game, rather than just clicking the link in Steam.

For an alpha, it's incredibly stable. I've not had it crash once, and it runs much smoother than I had expected, given the age of my computer and the fact that it's a shell that runs other media from within. The only issues I've noted so far is that it can't play mp3 files (which is probably a proprietary thing), and it's not playing sounds to videos linked from your hard drive, but this is currently being worked on. Another slight issue is that it can take up to two days for newly added games in your Steam account to show up; however, this is an alpha build, and it's something the developer is addressing.

That said, there is so much goodness here. Obviously, you can use AA to build your own arcade, by very easily linking a variety of cabinets to your Steam Library. There's more though. You can place listening stations (or CDs on tables) or movies on the walls that, when linked to Youtube, any visitors to your arcade come come and watch or listen to. The game (because, at times, it really does feel more like a sandbox game than a virtual desktop) will even synchronize whatever movie you're watching so that you all see it at the same time. That's right: Anarchy Arcade can be multiplayer, allowing others to visit your arcade, and vice-versa.

Placing items and cabinets can be a bit clunky, but the variety is already pretty large, and there is promised Workshop support (currently, it's offline). New items and buildings (where you can build your arcade) are opened up as you place new items, earning points and reaching goals. It's a clever game-like concept and, while I'd have rather had everything opened at once, it did keep me coming back. Additionally, any content created for Source-engine games (Half-Life series, Portal, Counter strike, et al) can be imported here. Want to create an arcade using your favorite DOTA map? Do it!

The fact that this is free is just the gravy on this already delicious chocolate cake; once you play around, it becomes clear that this is a quality program from someone who clearly loves gaming and who is skilled at programming. The developer is dedicated, frequently on the forums, and open to suggestions: all bonuses to an already pretty great experience. Oh, and did I mention it has Oculus VR support?

Recommended? Absolutely. And at this price, what have you got to lose? Try it out, and get building: I want to check out YOUR arcade!
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21 of 35 people (60%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 18
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lawsuit simulator
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
15.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 25
Early Access Review
Anarchy Arcade is really freaking awesome!
It reminds me of The Sims the way you get to decorate your own home, but in this game you get to decorate it with the games, movies, pictures and other stuff that you have on your computer.

This game is basically your desctop in 3D, and it's just so freaking cool!!!
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
16.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 25
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"Anarchy arcade is the best arcade simulation game I ever played and it has the best search engines for making arcades
that have videos, games, and images and all this content is absoluetly free."
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 28
Early Access Review
I like it! Anarchy Arcade allows me to set up Steam games in a virtual living room as if each selected game was its own arcade machine...playing both game trailers and/or the game itself. Sure, I can do all that in the Steam Library...but this sets it up so I feel as though I have the very game room my Wife would NEVER allow me to have in real life...lol. Not just games, though...videos, music, documents...whatever would fit on my computer desktop...but this is cooler. Also, a choice of 'rooms', including an apartment set-up, a nightclub and a handfull of other choices to set an arcade layout in. Very convenient, easy to set up, and creating the ideal escapist environments, at no cost. Mid-life crisis, anyone? lol
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 27
Early Access Review
A really cool 3D Desktop customizer that has lots of options for you to make your own custom computer arcade,which can have shortcuts to games in your Steam library.You can start games straight from your arcade,along with playing video.

For the price of zero bucks,I'd say Anarchy Arcade is worth checking out.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
50.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 16
Early Access Review
Was working great, and then it crashes now, very unexpectedly. I sure hope whatever issue has caused this is something on my side, I really liked building my awesome arcade, sure would hate to lose it after all of that!

***Update 03/03/2015*** - I continued to troubleshoot the issue on my own and discovered that if I completely removed all traces of the program I coule get the application to quit crashing. I lost every bit of my arcade at this point, which saddened me, but rebuilding was fun....until the Steam content addition started causing all kinds of issues, iI have determined that if I add content from the Steam Workshop, my arcade will NOT load at all. Once again, removing the app completely and reinstalling fixes the problem but unless you back up your content you need to rebuild.

In conclusion, as it is an Early Access Game, expect said challenges and understand the devlopment team IS doing their best to address the issues with the system. This is very much worth your time in my humble opinion!
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
12.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 28
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this game is a fun way to express yourself and be a pirate
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 27
Early Access Review
Mmm, I'm gonna pass. The idea of a virtual physical space to store and showcase your media is certainly interesting, but to me, the convenience of clicking an icon or loading a browser tab outweighs this game's coolness. I was also primarily interested in streaming videos and things with friends, "Gmod cinema"-style, but the interface is just too clunky and buggy for me to bother with. And I think the inability to go full-screen and remove the window chrome for the sake of quick access to your normal desktop is a poor design decision that only makes it less immersive. But, granted, the interface hiccups and locked windowed mode are reasonable issues that you'd expect from an Early Access game. And you can't beat free.

It's just not for me. Wake me up when we all have Microsoft Hololens and can overlay our media onto a real, physical space, blurring the line between the virtual and the physical. Now that will be something.
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380 of 437 people (87%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 5, 2014
Early Access Review
You can play the game that you are playing at the same moment...But in that game you can play the same game inside of the game...
GAMECEPTION!
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616 of 747 people (82%) found this review helpful
14 people found this review funny
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 4, 2014
Early Access Review
i can... ummmmm watch porn
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139 of 153 people (91%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 5, 2014
Early Access Review
Your opinion on this game may differ from mine. Personally, I think this more a novelty than a game. It's essentially a 3D desktop environment (a brilliant one, mind you)

I think it's using the source engine. Overall, It's okay. I'm glad that it's free because it really serves no purpose besides managing things.

But it allows me to play SNES on steam.
So 10/10
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161 of 194 people (83%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2014
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I can put 'naughty' pictures and paintings on the wall and nobody can stop me cause it's my own home.
10/10
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196 of 249 people (79%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 24
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I put a cardboard cut out of Kanye West so I could have a peaceful Kanye Rest in my Kanye Nest
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128 of 156 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 19, 2014
Early Access Review
you can play anarchy arcade inside of anarchy arcade
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118 of 143 people (83%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 25
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Mancave simulator

10/10 would mancave again
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82 of 104 people (79%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 25
Early Access Review
a steam inside of a steam
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49 of 57 people (86%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 7
Early Access Review
Made my own game development office for my friend and I to share our progress by creating shortcuts on our respective walls for when we weren't actually with each other.

10/10 It's free, so give it a go!
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