Turn your desktop into an endless metaverse of work & play. Replace your 2D wallpaper image with an interactive 3D world. Shortcut icons are physical 3D objects. Powered by the Source engine and the Steam workshop.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (1,209 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 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 20

Client Update 3/20/2015

  • Fixed an issue that could cause TheGamesDb scraper to create broken shortcuts.
  • Improved AArcade's ability to detect broken shortcuts and handle them appropriately.
  • Improved the speed & stability of the image downloader by using the Steamworks API instead.
  • Reduced initial starting time of AArcade for people with lots of workshop maps or saves.
  • Changed the following console commands to NOT be cheats: stopsound, thirdperson, thirdperson_mayamode.
  • Added a new bindable command "Morph to Model" to the keyboard menu. Pressing this button will set your player model to what ever model you are looking at.
  • Added a new bindable command "Toggle Camera Mode" to the keyboard menu. Pressing this button will cycle between first and third person camera modes.
  • Added 2 new bindable commands to the keyboard menu: "Physics Blast" and "Physics Pick Up".
  • Reduced AArcade's CPU load.

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March 17

Client Update 3/18/2015

  • Moderately reduced the initial start up time of Anarchy Arcade for people who are subscribed to many workshop addons.
  • Slightly reduced the loading times of all maps and arcade saves (in most cases).
  • Optimized AArcade's cloud storage to further reduce initial start up / shut down times.
  • Reduced the amount of disk space that AArcade uses for people who have many published workshop items.
  • Added the console variable "libretro_time_per_frame" so users can control the number of milliseconds each frame should be displayed by the in-game libretro core.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented users from publishing new items to the workshop if they already had many published items.
  • Improved SteamVR & Oculus Rift support.
  • If Steam is running in VR mode, websites you launch from AArcade will be displayed in the SteamVR Chromium browser instead.
  • AArcade will now automatically be in VR mode if launched from Steam's VR mode.
  • VR apps can now be launched from AArcade while it is in VR mode itself.
  • Added the console command "resetrift" which will re-acquire the Oculus Rift HMD in case anything goes haywire.
  • AArcade is now able to release its system resources even when you are using VR mode.

Oculus Rift Developer Notes:
If you are a developer wanting to test your Oculus Rift development kit with AArcade, these instructions apply to you!
I have personally used AArcade on the DK1, and others have used it on the DK2. You must have the newest Oculus Rift runtime utility running. Your Rift must be in Extended Mode as your secondary monitor. You must have DK1 Legacy App Support turned OFF, even if you are using a DK1.
Launching AArcade from Steam's VR mode will automatically start AArcade in VR mode. Otherwise, you have to go into video options and enable VR.
If you see 2 mouse pointers, its the green one that you should be paying attention to. You'll need to Alt+Tab back into AArcade and click on its screen to unpause it after you're done playing a game/app you launched.

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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.
Helpful customer reviews
14 of 14 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 28
Early Access Review
Why waste thousand of dollars for a arcade mancave when you can just simulate it?
Get it now!
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.3 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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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
12.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 28
Early Access Review
this game is a fun way to express yourself and be a pirate
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.3 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 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
14.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 18
Early Access Review
You can place the game inside the game, and have a error show up WITH the same title as the game.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 20
Early Access Review
Do YOU want to make your own "Apartment Tour" video, but don't have a video camera of acceptable quality, or just nothing interesting to show?

Be troubled no more!

Anarchy Arcade allows you, yes, YOU, the lazy slob/stereotypically atractive woman to spend hours upon hours pefecting YOUR virtual apartment!

What's that? Don't want an apartment? No worries! Anarchy Arcade comes PACKED with other alternative locales!

Perhaps you're just not interested in the whole ideal? Well, Anarchy Arcade is not just for the above people; it also equally functions as a personal 3D hub-world of your OWN STEAM LIBRARY!

Purchase, no, DOWNLOAD NOW for FREE! Anarchy Arcade: Apartment Tour Video Simulator!

(Warning: We are not responsible for any and all deaths related to Anarchy Arcade, including but not limited to failure to understand WALLS, failure to abide by the rules of WALLS, and failure to WALLS.)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 12
Early Access Review
This is great for Steam Hoarders who tend to forget some of their titles just because the list is just too long. Also great for people with OCD who would like a way to organize their games in a visual format!

Although I currently have some strange performance issues (super heavy CPU usage on my 5820k @ 4.6ghz... ?) and the UI takes some getting used to, I'm quite enjoying spawning various arcade cabinets to layout my games in the virtual rooms.

I wish you could just unlock everything one shot instead of the point accumulation to get the stock maps, but life is hard I guess. And in any case seems the workshop maps are plentiful and there is bound to be something that strikes your fancy.

I have to say I'm not using it to launch games or movies, so I can't really comment on that. But it's great that the game will pool your steam library and automatically slap on some screenshots and in most cases the trailer even if the game isn't installed. I just like walking around and figuring out something to play. Kind of more interesting than just scrolling a list of games in alphebetical order. :)

Best non-game in my library! :P
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
15.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 15
Early Access Review
Porn room simulator 2015

But seriously tough. This is a very great "game" where you can player games. I wish there would be a character customization and more servers. Maybe more rooms because there only are a few and you have to unlock them too (wich sucks and takes allotof time. If I had to rate this on a scale to 10 it would be a good 9. Absolutely love it!
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172 of 209 people (82%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2014
Early Access Review
I can put 'naughty' pictures and paintings on the wall and nobody can stop me cause it's my own home.
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207 of 263 people (79%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 24
Early Access Review
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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140 of 171 people (82%) found this review helpful
2 people 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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121 of 150 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 25
Early Access Review
Mancave simulator

10/10 would mancave again
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87 of 112 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person 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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52 of 61 people (85%) 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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39 of 44 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
33.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 24
Early Access Review
Basically, you can now play non-Steam games on Steam. Great if you want to keep track of hours in a game that's not on Steam. Otherwise, it just feels empty... You can get some stuff and design your home and what not, but specially the multiplayer needs quite a bit of work before it can be fun.

Also, don't try to post screenshots of other games in it, they will be banned, just so you know...
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29 of 29 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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 can 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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87 of 124 people (70%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 4, 2014
Early Access Review
Watched a porno then played some vidya 10/10
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57 of 75 people (76%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
657.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 9
Early Access Review
This is one of the BEST games on Steam. (My hours should speak for themselves.)

This game is what you make it.
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23 of 24 people (96%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
27.8 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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30 of 36 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 23
Early Access Review
Do you like making your own gaming house ? then get this game
Do you wanna watch a movie with your friends but you don't want to go out ? then get this game
10/10 would movie again - IGN
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