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!
User reviews: Mostly Positive (844 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 3, 2014

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Note: This Early Access game is not complete and may or may not change further. If you are not excited to play this game in its current state, then you should wait to see if the game progresses further in development. Learn more

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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November 24

1 Month Until AArcade Release & New Kickstarter Now Live!

AArcade has been available on Steam Early Access for a little over 2 months now and during this period there has been LOTS of improvements, tweaks, and brand-new features added to Anarchy Arcade. I've been working non-stop on adding all sorts of awesome stuff for us all to enjoy!

Even compared to AArcade's achievements over its 4 long years of development, the features I've added since coming to Steam, coupled with an awesome user community, are truly bringing the entire concept together. That's why the first item for me to tell you about today is Anarchy Arcade's new Kickstarter campaign!


Click the image to check out the Kickstarter!

Here's the facts:
I love working on Anarchy Arcade all day every day, and not only for my own enjoyment, but for everybody else who has a blast using their PC as a personalized 3D world. The thing is that I can't make any money off of AArcade because I couldn't afford a license, which basically means I'm broke as hell. Financially, I can't continue putting all my time into AArcade, but that's okay, because the big Steam release is only 1 more month away!

While I am busting my ass to meet the Christmas 2014 release date, looking back at the progress made during Steam Early Access makes it clear that AArcade has been getting exponentially better every month that it stays in development.

That is exactly what this new Kickstarter is about. It is an attempt to raise $1,000 to cover my minimum expenses for an additional month of development! If it succeeds, AArcade will stay in Early Access until the end of January, or maybe even February if the stretch goal is reached.

Either way, AArcade is right around the corner from its big Steam release.
So lets take a look back at the improvements that have come in the past 2 months, what you can expect in December, and then you can decide if AArcade remaining in development for longer is something you would like to make happen!


  • It has over 250,000 Early Access installs and it won't even hit Steam's front page until its full release!
  • AArcade caught some attention from the emulator scene as well as the VR scene.
  • Oculus Rift DK2 support was added, along with other VR features thanks to Valve's engine update.
  • A new artist, Bucky, joined the cause and created a new arcade map for us.
  • Another new artist, Black_Stormy, also joined the cause and created a couple new models for us.
  • Max number of players per server was doubled.
  • Twitch.tv integration to provide LIVE over-the-shoulder spectating in-game as you play games.
  • Icons now float above players' heads in MP servers so you know what everybody is doing.
  • MP server operators now have better control over the visitors to their arcades.
  • For modders, the AArcade map editor is now included, auto-configured, and comes with a read-to-play template & tutorial video to get you started.
  • AArcade became the 1st 3D desktop to have a Steam Workshop.
  • AArcade became one of the few games to allow for Workshop files greater than 100MB, and will soon break the 200MB max VPK file size barrier as well.
  • AArcade got a completely embedded publishing tool so you can package and upload your addons to the Workshop without even leaving your arcade.
  • Using addon content from the Workshop became so automatic that you just click the plus button next to what you want and you can spawn it in your arcades within seconds.
  • Game assets like 3D models, textures, and entire 3D worlds became shareable on the Steam Workshop.
  • AArcade became the 1st program to allow you to share real-life media items with friends on the Steam Workshop because you share the media item itself, not your copy of it.
  • It became possible for users to share their entire 3D desktop environments to the Steam Workshop for everyone to enjoy.
  • Implemented the libretro framework to allow for homebrew apps such as emulators & video players that show your content directly on the interactive in-game screens.
  • Programmers can even use this framework to write addon apps in C++, or any language they wish, that render in-game as well!

Now, all of that was done just within the last couple months! AArcade has been in development for years and has many more amazing featured packed in, so if you haven't dug deep into AArcade yet, now's the time!

Even though the Kickstarter has launched to extend development, that doesn't mean that it's not crunch time for me anymore. Until I know otherhwise, I'm getting everything in order for a Christmas 2014 release. Next week I'll be working on implementing the features listed below into AArcade.

(These features are in past-tense, but I have not started coding them yet. That is how badly I need to make them happen.)


  • The mouse cursor now turns into a hand when hovering over clickable items in the UI.
  • Added a prompt when packing a map that asks "Scan & Pack Map Assets or Pack BSP & RES Only".
  • Added a Dependencies section to the Packing Manager. It lists any additional workshop items people will automatically download when installing your item.
  • Added a prompt when packing an arcade save that asks "Pack Required Workshop Content or Reference Required Workshop Content".
  • Added a Publishing Help page.
  • Added a HELP button to the Packing Manager that takes you to the Publishing Help page.
  • Added an "Update Thumbnail & Details Only" checkbox to the Packing Manager. It is only visible if you have an existing workshop item loaded.
  • Fixed an issue that caused screenshots for the Packing Manager to show up as a loading graphic.

So, there's a little glimpse into the future. If the Kickstarter succeeds, there will be plenty more updates & changelogs like this to come. So check out the Kickstarter, check out Anarchy Arcade, and have a blast!

I won't have time to promote the Kickstarter very much because I will be spending most of my time working on AArcade itself, so any help spreading the word is greatly appreciated!

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November 23

Client Update 11/23/2014

- Added a console command that toggles in-game emulators & local video files audio playback.

NOTE: This update has been rolled back for compatibility reasons. It will be re-added after more work is done on it.

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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.
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20 of 25 people (80%) found this review helpful
43.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
Early Access Review
Extremely fun to mess around with, and the compatability with community made maps and models makes litteraly endless possibilties so you can have your own custom 3D Desktop. And, it being in the source engine, has VR support. Sometimes moving certain objects can be a small bit of a pain as in You can't have a flat screen TV sitting on a desk, it has to be hung up on a wall or precariesly placed so it appears to be standing. And if you're one of the people that spend 40 minutes rearanging furniture in Animal Crossing like me, you can see why this is a problem. Also, as much as it is fun to mess around with, the in-game level editor is litteraly just Hammer with a few prefabs like doorways, lights, windows, and about 8 different textures on cubes, but a nice addition none the less. The multiplayer capability that comes with most source games is prevalent in Anarchy Arcade, but because of all the customizable "cabinets" it can take up to an hour just to join a friends game. If these could be fixed in the near future, I, without any shadow of a doubt, would reccomend anyone to at least try Anarchy Arcade, and as of the time writing this the promise of a Steam Workshop would make the whole expirience complete. So have it download in the background or something right now, and just try it. You may like it, you might REALLY like it, or you might just think it's pointless, but you should try it. I for one loved it.
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27 of 38 people (71%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
Early Access Review
Watched a porno then played some vidya 10/10
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13 of 16 people (81%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
Early Access Review
This game is my desktop replacement. A very cool game. Stay its price to free please ! The community will grown up like Team Fortress 2 have do the same.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
Early Access Review
Think of it as a virtual desktop, the one most people use everyday is bland and boring 2D.
This however changes that to a 3D functional desktop where you can store you're games in arcade machines so you can just play them start from their.
You can also go on multiplayer and see what other things people thought up like designs and such, that's all I have to say about this game and that you should probably get this. Also a nice thing, it doesn't affect the performance of other games.
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
10.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Early Access Review
its one of the coolest ideas for gaming ive seen in my life and i think the owner should keep it going
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
Early Access Review
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
Early Access Review
make your own personal waifu station
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
Early Access Review
First let's get something out of the way: I don't use this as a 3D Desktop, but as a Virtual House... thing. Where I customized to how my house would look like.

This thing is very intuitive, I started adding images, apps, games and videos in no time! In terms of images this supports various file formats including GIFs. Making an Arcade your own is no way a chour, it's fun seeing your own arcade coming together.

If there was any cons with this game, then it would be that YouTube videos and GIFs only play when they are selected, some GIFS will so the missing texture if they are not selected.

I defferently recommend this to anyone who wants to create a 3D Desktop or just mess around and design their perfect house! 11/10
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
Early Access Review
ITS AWESOME,but boring
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
Early Access Review
This is a Great way to have fun and watch videos, I don't know how to explain it correctly but it's GREAT!

Hosting Games where friends can join is great and fun.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
Early Access Review
A game where you live a gamer's dream- with your favorite games.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
23.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
Early Access Review
Being able to build and enjoy a virtual arcade with your friends? Count me in.

At the time of this review, Anarchy Arcade is in early access. From what I've seen, it is completely usable for everyday use in it's current state. Workshop support was just added, but I've also added my own props prior to this by importing my Gmod content.

I'd suggest picking it up to try for yourself before it's early 2015 release, as it might go on sale for a small amount of money.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
Early Access Review
Think of Anarachy Arcade as a combo of Garry's Mod and going to a real world arcade/cinema. What the game allows you to do is take games, movies and videos you have stored on your computer and with them, you can create your very own arcade or movie theater! As you play more and more, you get more items to customise with, such as pinball and arcade machines, chairs and tables and mini iPads and TV's.

After having a bit of a play around with it for just under a couple of hours, I've decided it's a very interesting concept, because of the way it's illustrated in the game and the freedom involved with it. Although it is a bit technical and may be a bit daunting to begin with, the game comes preloaded with instructions which can be accessed anytime through the game's personal browser.

Although it's only in Early Access, it could have a lot of potential if given more time to update. I can definitely see great stuff coming from the devs and the community, thanks to the introduction of the Steam Workshop.

Overall, I like it, and if you're looking for something outside of the box, you should give it a shot.
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
19.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
Early Access Review
It's Garry's Mod like game, except it's more toward arcades than building maps... you can build map to play on, except it's very hard to use... either way it's a free game so you might as well try it out!
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6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
Early Access Review
Like a mix of GMOD and Playstation Home (which now is gone), but only better. Big up to the devs!!
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
Early Access Review
dis gaim is gud lel
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
Early Access Review
Anarchy Arcade is a great game for all of you and your friends. You can do whatever you want like play a game inside of a game or play a minigame in a game in this game. So overall its a really good game.

OK GUYS IM ABLE TO GET THROUGH THE SYSTEM... IVE BEEN TRAPPED IN HERE FOR YEARS AND I CANT GET OUT... PLEASE HELP ME... THEY MAKE ME PLAY AND PLAY AND PLAY ALL DAY LONG... SO PLEASE HOPEFULLY SOMEONE WILL GET THIS CRY FOR HELP!!!!!!!!!!!! HELP MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
Early Access Review
Better than Bumptop.
8/10.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
Early Access Review
Games? Check. Customization? Check. Customize your own arcade is awesome!
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
Early Access Review
Great Game garry's mod props workshop props its really fun its virtuall real life if your a gamer it is just awesome its like hanging around with friends in real life like I have a friend across the world and when we want to like be in the same room we pop in on anarchy arcrade awesome game I rate it 8/10
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