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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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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January 27

Client Update 1/28/2015

  • Going to a fullscreen mode will automatically put the active video into your pocket (as long as there isn't something already playing in your pocket).
  • Fixed an issue to allow physics props to be picked up with V button again.
  • Fixed an issue to allow the map editor to compile working maps again.
  • Added the ability to spawn multiple objects at once, called "nodes".
  • Added the ability to create & save nodes (only local for now).
  • Added a HUBs manager to the UI, activated by switches in hub_ maps.
  • Added the addon map hub_walls.

Note: This update shows the foundation of what the HUB gamemode is all about. Nodes are like groups of objects. They can be anything from a simple wall, a room of a hotel, or an entire house of a neighborhood. The map included with this update, hub_walls, is a simple wall for you to decorate. You can only save your nodes locally right now, but soon the Steam workshop will be re-enabled and you will be able to share the nodes you have already made.

I created the map included in this update with a very specific purpose in mind, but I'm sure you'll find some creative uses for it. I often find myself building music walls in my arcades with generally the same music. By using the map hub_walls to create new "node" items, I will be able to spawn my music wall into new maps with a single click. And if I ever go into hub_walls and update my music wall, it automatically gets updated in every map I've spawned it in.

Nodes are a new type of object that you can find in your Library Browser. You can spawn them in any map, but HUB maps are specifically designed for them. Nodes are groups of shortcuts. When you spawn a node, it spawns a single tablet where you are looking with many other shortcuts attached to it. If you delete that center tablet, all of the child shortcuts that belong to it get deleted too. If you move a child shortcut out of a node, it breaks it from the node and becomes part of the larger arcade save. Nodes do not automatically save. You must flip the big leaver next to them to save your changes. Even though you can use your nodes on any map, you can only save the changes you make to them while on HUB maps.

HUBs are special maps designed to hold many different nodes, each created by different players. Think of a hotel, how it has many identical rooms. You decorate one room in the hotel, while your friends each decorate another room in the hotel. Together, you turn the HUB into a unique hangout for you and your friends. You can host these HUBs multiplayer, or enjoy your friends' work in singleplayer mode thanks to the Steam workshop.

Walls & hotels are just the beginning. Imagine convention halls or entire neighborhoods. The stars are the limit.

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January 23

Client Update 1/23/2015

  • Added support to watch 2 videos at once. Just look at a video and hold down the R button to put it on continuous play.
  • Added support for slave screens to show videos that are playing on continuos play.
  • Added support to make the active video overpower the continuous play video on slave screens. Just make the active video fullscreen momentarily to activate.
  • Added the Moto Racing cabinet, fully rigged with animations and autocamera. Press E on it for autocamera.
  • Added the Multiscreen Racing cabinet, fully rigged with animations and autocamera. Press E on it for autocamera.
  • Added the Floor Sign Games prop.

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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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36 of 43 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person 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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34 of 43 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
628.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 9
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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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31 of 40 people (78%) found this review helpful
29 people found this review funny
5.1 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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17 of 20 people (85%) found this review helpful
13 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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10 of 14 people (71%) 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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10 of 15 people (67%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
62.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 23
Early Access Review
Inception. A game within an App.

Edit: Newest update broked the Arcade I made. Cabinets (Some) for games are missing their info and graphics. Hopefully it gets fixed before it's out of Early Access.
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7 of 10 people (70%) 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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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 29
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Very Creative Developer. Good Work
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9 of 15 people (60%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 18
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I really didn't think of this day would coming this soon. I've been dreaming playing game like this !!!!
I'm welling to pay my money for this if this is getting better !!!!!
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 30
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Good game it helps with emulaters and steam games alot :)
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290 of 320 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 4, 2014
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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363 of 411 people (88%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 5, 2014
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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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588 of 710 people (83%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 4, 2014
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i can... ummmmm watch porn
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127 of 138 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person 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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142 of 167 people (85%) found this review helpful
13 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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140 of 170 people (82%) found this review helpful
25.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 1, 2014
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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110 of 134 people (82%) found this review helpful
3 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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81 of 110 people (74%) found this review helpful
1 person 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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50 of 65 people (77%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 5, 2014
Early Access Review
It's your library in a game
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