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 (1,762 reviews) - 71% of the 1,762 user reviews for this game are positive.
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 will come out of Early Access when the new meta game mode is implemented and the new player experience is well-polished. No later than October 2015.”

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

“The meta game mode will provide the AArcade community with a persistent world to create, live in, and share. Many of the planned community events will be directly tied into the meta game mode.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“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 (mostly in multiplayer).

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, so after the tutorial sequence you are going to be free to explore AArcade's functionality on your own, or with the help of the Steam community.”

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

“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. It generates no revenue, but donations are very appreciated.”

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

“The community determines which features of AArcade get improved and expanded upon through their feedback, bug reports, and suggestions. Communicate with the developer through the Steam community or live in a weekly Twitch stream.”
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September 12

Spawning User-Created Rooms Automatically (WIP)

Hey everybody. I'm doing some pretty cool stuff in the next version of Anarchy Arcade that makes it *very* easy to browse, download, and check out people's nodes. Things are finally starting to come together! ːcsgohelmetː

Here's a short dev video of things to come:

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September 1

Anarchy Weekly No. 5 - Metaverse

Take the red pill, then imagine everything that exists, then add to that everything that is fictional. That is what the metaverse is. This vast sea of information has always been there, but navigating it has never been this fun.

In this issue we explore just how deep the rabbit hole goes by taking a close look at just one room of a community-made arcade share. In the process, we reflect on what the metaverse itself is and what it means to traverse it as a gamer.

The metaverse is real. It's not a game.

Let's put things in perspective. The screenshot above shows what it's like to BE an arcade cabinet in Anarchy Arcade.

However, what you *see* in this still picture is only scratching the surface. In this particular room exists the blood, sweat, and tears of hundreds of fellow human beings all to provide you with thousands of hours of joy & entertainment.

Welcome to the metaverse. Every single cabinet acts as a portal that whisks you away into a whole new universe.

You'll look different. You'll move different. You might even feel different. That's because each universe is its own reality. Each one is uniquely tailored to provide you with a particular experience.

Some universes let you bring your Steam friends along. Others only let you bring your friends who are physically with you. And yet others can only be explored with the loneliest number. What ever the realities may be, you are subject to them when you enter their universe.

So when you see this screenshot, it's not just a room full of arcade cabinets. It's a massive slice of the metaverse that is being visualized by Anarchy Arcade. And even though this slice is so massive, it's still only a tiny sliver of what exists.

References (seen in screenshot):

JavaScript & HTML5 Modding in AArcade
Anarchy Arcade uses JavaScript to create 3D representations of 2D web pages. The scripts that do this are called "scrapers". Until now, users were only able to use the scrapers that I programmed. These let you spawn things from sites like Twitch, YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, etc.

As of last week's update, users are able to start AArcade with the new +enable_user_scripts 1 launch option and use their own custom JavaScripts on their own favorite sites. Instructions & tutorials are not yet available for modding the UI or writing your own scrapers, so you'll be on your own for now. The files that will interest you are in the aarcade/protectedscripts folder. Note that you must launch with the +enable_user_scripts 1 launch option for your customized scripts to be loaded. The launch option is required for security purposes.


Last week Discovery launched the website www.discoveryvr.com. It features some awesome 360 videos that are great for viewing from inside of Anarchy Arcade.

Watch this video for an explanation and demonstration:



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About This Game

Anarcy Arcade is a shortcut launcher, just like your regular desktop. It replaces your 2D wallpaper image with a 3D world, and replaces your 2D shortcut icons with 3D objects.

It transforms our PCs into 3D metaverses that we can explore with our friends while still getting work done. Performance is always put first. It will not lag your games down.

Use AArcade as your everyday desktop, or use it to manage your massive game, movie, or image collection and share with your friends.

Menu-less Browsing

AArcade is a "game between games" where you walk up to what you want and click LAUNCH. No more down-time between games!


Easily spawn in new shortcuts or props, modify their properties, and build your dream arcade!

Full Version Games & Apps

AArcade launches ANYTHING that you can run on your PC and runs them at full quality & speed. You'll NEVER have to choose between AArcade or running your games well.

Addons & Modding

Use the maps & models from over 30 of your favorite Source engine games as your 3D desktops! Over 50,000 compatible maps and many thousands of compatible props!

Steam Workshop

Share your customizations or your creations with the rest of the community with AArcade's BUILT-IN workshop publishing tool! Well over 1,000 items already shared!


Discover how deep each rabbit hole goes when exploring the massive creations of other players, past & present.


Host any one of your 3D desktops in multiplayer mode. Watch videos with your friends, give tours of your collection, or just hang out on your desktop! (Note that port 27015 must be open to host a public server.)

Virtual Reality (OPTIONAL)

Truly experience the metaverse in 3D using your Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, or other VR devices. The tidal wave of the future is about to hit!

Be Productive

AArcade lets you use your Start menu, alt+tab, use your favorite programs, etc. The things you launch open right on top of AArcade, just as if it was your desktop wallpaper image.

Sleep Mode

When it needs to, AArcade goes into a deep sleep mode where it releases all of its textures, 3D models, etc. so that your PC is free to run what matters most: the stuff you launch.

Steam Stats & Achievements

Compare the size & stats of your collections with your friends. Earn achievements for reaching milestones, and for ever leave your mark on a map by being the 1st person to load it up in AArcade!

Free & Indie

AArcade is 100% free and developed by just 1 guy. It does NOT have built-in ads and is not a corporate attempt to sell you junk. It is made specifically to enhance your PC experience.


  • 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.

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.

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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A fun little tool to show off your programs with. While not particularly helpful when it comes to steam, its fun to runw hen you are not using your games or programs. It is highly recommended to turn off Anarchy Arcade while doing anything you want your maximum computing power for, because it does slow your games down a small amount. I generally just exit out of Anarchy Arcade until I am done with my games, then launch it again for the cool effect.
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Why are my eyes bloodshot red?
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Posted: September 14
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If you aren't a nerd, you will not be able to pass the tutorial.

If you are a nerd, this game is amazing and fun and you will love it.

2/10 for dummies
8/10 for people that understand what is happening
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