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 (924 reviews)
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 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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December 19

Connecting The Meta-Multiverse (Shared VR Desktops)

Player Hubs - New Feature Coming in January

Recently I explained how to create massive virtual worlds that are functional representations of your PC & the internet:

The new feature I am announcing today takes it a step further by bringing together the virtual worlds that you have created with those that your friends have created.

There's an awesome new feature on the horizon that will bring together the AArcade community like never before and link us all together in one huge woven VR web. It's called Player Hubs, and thanks to the successful Kickstarter, it is one of the new features that will be working its way into the end of January release.

Player Hubs are simple, small, themed spaces that you fully customize to represent yourself and your favorite stuff. You can create how ever many hubs you want.

After you have created a Player Hub, you share it to the Steam workshop so your friends can spawn your hub as part of their own, larger, virtual world!

If you ever update your player hub, your friends will automatically see your changes everywhere that they have your player hub spawned at. This means that the content in your and your friends' arcades will always be fresh and have your favorite stuff!

There are only 2 days left to pledge to the Kickstarter and reach the 1st stretch goal. If this goal is met, 3D artist Black_Stormy will join the development team and make us some great props to use in our arcades.

Don't miss out on the metaverse! AArcade is a fully functional Windows Desktop wallpaper image replacement! Browse YOUR files and launch YOUR favorite stuff from a 3D multiplayer environment instead of looking at Windows's boring old desktop & file explorer! The future is now!

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December 15

Kickstarter Reaches 1st Funding Goal + Other Updates

One More Week of Pledge Drive
The Kickstarter is still going full-steam ahead with 1 more week remaining. Now's the time to pitch in your 2 cents (or 2 dollars) and show the Kickstarter community that AArcade is worth paying attention to!

During last week's publicity run I put together an Imgur post that explained how AArcade works, especially in user-hosted multiplayer servers. It really illustrates how AArcade is so much more than just an emulator frontend; it is a UI to your entire PC and the internet itself! Check out this popular Imgur link to see what AArcade is all about, or to share with your friends:

That Imgur link explains how Multiplayer works using 1 user's space as an example. But did you know that EVERY arcade in AArcade can be hosted in Multiplayer mode? This includes the hundreds of thousands of community-made addons! Take a look at some of my personal arcades below. Each one is just as in-depth and jam-packed with information & entertainment as the Casino Imgur example:

Kickstarter Funding Goal Reached!
Thanks to everybody who has aleady pledged, the AArcade Kickstarter has reached its first funding goal! This means that AArcade will stay in Steam Early Access until the end of January while I continue to work full-time on feature requests. Also a new map will be created during this month called the Kickstarter Arcade which will be all packed up and ready to go by the end of January as well.

If you pledged to one of the higher reward tiers, please be patient as I will be sending out the rest of the reward unlock codes when the Kickstarter concludes!

Stretch Goal #1 - 3D Artist Black_Stormy
I have a 3D artist friend standing by to work on AArcade during the month of January. If this goal is reached, the extra $500 raised goes directly to him. He goes by the name Black_Stormy (aka Abraham Brookes) and his quality work can be seen in published games such as Double Action as well as in popular community addons like Left 4 Dead 2's Journey to Splash Mountain. His projects have even been featured in the print magazines such as PC Gamer. You can see samples of his work in his portfolio here:

You might recognize some of the work Black_Stormy has already donated to AArcade such as the Flatscreen TV model used on the Band Wagon reward, the Keyboard prop, and those fancy shaders on the Skeeball machine and upcoming Dance gaming cabinet. If AArcade's 1st stetch goal of $1,500 is reached, the extra $500 goes directly to Black_Stormy as he works overtime with me creating new cabinets, props, and map decor for Anarchy Arcade's end of January release!

Use Content From Over 30 Mountable Games
If you're running out of room in AArcade's default maps, that's no problem. AArcade is compatible with hundeds of thousands of addon maps thanks to its game content mounting system. This allows you to use maps and art assets from over 30 other games in your custom Anarchy Arcade creations. These mounted assets are used directly from their regular game folders; no extra copies are made. This is all thanks to the Source engine's powerful cross-game asset system. All you have to do is have the game installed that you wish to mount, then it will appear in Anarchy Arcade's "Mount Content" menu. After you put a checkmark next to the game you want use, all content from that game (maps, models, and textures) will be available in Anarchy Arcade.

Last week I added more games to the Mount Content menu than I cared to count. Instead, here is the complete list of mountable games to date with the newest listed last:
Counter-Strike: Source, Team Fortress 2, Portal, Half-Life 2: Deathmatch, Half-Life 2: Episode Two, Half-Life 2: Episode One, Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2: Lost Coast, Garry's Mod, Double Action, Day of Defeat, GoldenEye: Source, No More Room In Hell, NeoTokyo: Source, Pirates, Vikings, & Knights II, Age of Chivalry, D.I.P.R.I.P. Warm Up, Battle Grounds 2, Dystopia, Empires Mod, Eternal Silence, Jurassic Life, Fistful of Frags, Black Mesa Mod, Perfect Dark: Source, Pumpkin Night Redux, Weekday Warrior, The Hidden: Source, MINERVA: Metastasis, Korsakovia, Dear Esther Mod, Insurgency: Modern Infantry Combat.

I'd like to draw extra attention to PVKII, Jurassic Life, Fistful of Frags, and Perfect Dark: Source as I had an extra fun time building my arcades on those maps, personally.

Dedicated Arcade Servers
Last week the community member "o0splitpaw0o" pioneered the first working AArcade dedicated server! This is a big step in building a long-lasting AArcade community. Dedicated servers can be ran 24 hours a day with zero down time; providing a persistent public VR location for players to congregate at as opposed to all the private parties that pop-up on the server list currently. There are still improvements that need to be made to AArcade's code before official dedicated server support is offered, but if you know HLDS and want to give it a shot you can take part in the forum topic here:

Special thanks to o0splitpaw0o, Bucky and Kid_Sphinx for helping develop the current dedicated server solution! Pledge Drive
I'm personally streaming live on all week long, answering questions, demonstrating AArcade, playing games, and calling it a Kickstarter Pledge Drive! Be sure to drop in with any questions you might have, or if you just want to see what AArcade is like in action! There's more news to share, but I'm running out of space in this article so stay tuned for future updates! Game on!

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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.


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!


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.


  • 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

    • 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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29 of 36 people (81%) found this review helpful
25.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 9
Early Access Review
Love it. I'm going to set up a Fappening Server.
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
23.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 25
Early Access Review
Saw this game shortly after it came out and threw it aside. Then found it a few weeks ago in my discovery que and decided to give it a shot. It's now one of my favorites of all time because of its originality and uniqueness amongst other games. This is my go to game when I'm bored and can't decide what to do because I can just keep adding to my arcade and suddenly I'll stumble on to a game and decide to play. Love this great prespective of my desktop and desktops in general and highly recommend it. And the best part... It's free! I'd give it 5 stars. What are you waiting for? Try it!
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12 of 16 people (75%) found this review helpful
13.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 28
Early Access Review
Sweet. Imagine if your computer was a person's entity trapped in a house. But it's not. ITS IN YOUR COMPUTER!!! 10/10 lot of potential
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 14
Early Access Review
Well. Well well. This is a File browser. IT IS BEAUTIFUL.

This is a "game" about placing games, files, apps, ect. Its made in the HL2 engine, But it still looks great. This is what I imagine the inside of my harddrive looks like...
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 14
Early Access Review
any body know how to fix it from crashing every time i load it up
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
95.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 14
Early Access Review
Dieses "Spiel" ist ein 3D Desktop, der eine oder mehrere Wohnungen simuliert, in denen man sich frei bewegen kann, und Gegenstände aufstellt, die dann als Startpunkte für Programme aller Art dienen.

Dadurch ist es möglich, Spiele, Programme und Medien auf natürliche Art und Weise zu gruppieren, ihnen Titelbilder, Cover und Trailer zuzuordnen, und sie dann auf einfachste Art und Weise zu starten.

Während man sich auf einem Desktop mit der Maus bewegt, geschieht das hier durch Bewegen durch die Wohnräume.

Letztendlich ist das Erstellen der Oberfläche aber zeitaufwändig, da jedes Objekt sorgfältig plaziert und eingerichtet werden muß. Das ist der einzige nachteil, den ich sehen kann, da auch Befehle zum kopieren fehlen, um z.B. in eine "neue Wohnung" umzuziehen.

Wer aber grundsätzlich Ordnug in seine Sammlungen bringen möchte, und Spiele starten will, ob sie nun von Steam, UPlay, GOG oder woandersher kommen, ist hier Bestens aufgehoben. Endlich Ordnung, alle Sammlungen in einer Ecke/Raum, etc.

Auch wenn man verschiedenste Emulatoren nutzt, vereinfacht das den Aufruf und die Sortierung der Spiele ungemein, da alle auf die gleiche Art und Weise gestartet werden. Grade diese Objekte können denkbar einfach eingerichtet werden.

Sogar Medien/Serien lassen sich in einem Objekt gruppieren, und starten.

Wer Zeit hat, und den Aufwand als ein Spiel betrachtet, der ist mit diesem Desktopersatz gut bedient.

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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 18
Early Access Review
Your Steam library controls the game. All you really do is make arcades and play multiplayer...which is fun.

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334 of 371 people (90%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 5
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...
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253 of 278 people (91%) found this review helpful
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 4
Early Access Review
Have you ever dreamed of having your perfect gaming/anime/tv show high-tech home? Are you poor as ♥♥♥♥?
Well today is your lucky day!
For only 0.00 you can finaly have it!... but not really... since its only virtual... its still pretty damn cool though!
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546 of 652 people (84%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 4
Early Access Review
i can... ummmmm watch porn
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108 of 116 people (93%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 5
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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126 of 155 people (81%) found this review helpful
24.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 1
Early Access Review
I have been using Anarchy Arcade on and off since it was an itty bitty beta. It works really well as a 3d desktop app, if you're into that kind of thing. But where it truly shines is on the Oculus Rift. As the Oculus gains acceptance we start to see how the traditional menu > option interaction system become less relevant. Anarchy Arcade is a creative step in the direction of a fully immersive VR-desktop app. As such, it comes with some instructions that you really should read/watch.

One of my main gripes with the concept is that you have to load up one game to play another. But it's more about the time in between games that matters. If you get bored of playing one game and want to play another, you drop back into Anarchy Arcade and get to find your other game through the VR desktop (a.k.a your 'arcade'). If you're using the Oculus this means you don't have to take the headset off, and it's pretty cool too.

This is an interesting concept in human-computer interaction and I recommend people check it out. If you HAVE an Oculus, you cannot miss out on this one.
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83 of 102 people (81%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
Early Access Review
you can play anarchy arcade inside of anarchy arcade
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64 of 88 people (73%) 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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42 of 53 people (79%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 5
Early Access Review
It's your library in a game
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42 of 57 people (74%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 3
Early Access Review
Ignore my Steam hours played, I've been messing around with Anarchy since late 2013. Ive created multiple arcades and even gone into multiplayer with the developer and some other friends to check out their arcades. It is definitely something you should try, especially if you have a large steam/movies/music list. I used it to create FPS or MMO arcades as well as night clubs for my music and movies. It really helped to keep my games seperate and organized and I got to have fun designing the arcade at the same time which is something I really enjoyed about it. The video posted below is an arcade I created with the prototype version a few months back using the PAX map. In each map/world you have the ability to spawn shortcuts to pretty much any kind of media on your computer or on the internet. This gives you the ability to make worlds full of your favorite games and other media. You can also use custom maps from most source games. So say you wanted to make an arcade on B-site in Dust2, or maybe create a twitch/movie theater in Glados's room, By all means, feel free to do so. Models can also be imported, and placed in areas as you see I have done in the video below and those models can actually be set as a shortcut to something. In one of my arcades, just for fun, I spawned a Mario character prop and then linked him to a Mario voice sample I had saved on my computer, so everytime I walked by, I would click real quick and get to hear the sound file play. It's fun things like this that make AA so fun. There are tutorial videos when starting that I Highly recommend watching, as just hoping in and attempting to figure it out might take a while. All in all I highly recommend checking this out. If you have any questions from me feel free to ask below.
-Happy Gaming
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22 of 27 people (81%) found this review helpful
46.2 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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48 of 74 people (65%) found this review helpful
120.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 1
Early Access Review
It's a game and a programm, you own a room with your arcade but It's great because you can record your hours of your games no-steam exemple the emulators or the games from Origin / CD Digital (AoE2, etc...) / Battle.

You can share the screenshot in official game (Anarchy Arcade) with "Screenshot" in HUB community, we can too share the video channel, music, etc...
And, this game support Oculus Rift It's nice for people who have this (I don't have this).

This game will be free, optimized & greate!
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22 of 28 people (79%) found this review helpful
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 7
Early Access Review
BRILLIANT. The most ingenius use of the halflife engine since Portal. Arcade sandbox I can share with my friends? Serious?! Yes. Support Anarchy now or be oppressed by the facist institutions of the gaming industry. 2 + 2 = 5.
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19 of 23 people (83%) 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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