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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!
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.”

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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2 Weeks In On Steam (Part 1)

September 19

AArcade has only been on Steam for 2 weeks as early access, and already it has improved greatly thanks to feedback and contributions from the community. In this article I'll be letting you know how the Steam launch went, what updates AArcade has received already, and what you can expect in the near future.


In its 1st week alone Anarchy Arcade got over 100,000 installs and was actually able to compete with full commercial games that hit early access that same week. Player counts, installs, and donations are all going well and I want to thank everybody participating in early access for supporting the community.

Over 400,000 YouTube videos have been watched in-game this month, not to mention countless Hulu, Twitch, Netflix, video games, and other non-tracked media that is constantly being played through AArcade's 3D desktop interface.

Amazing user-created multiplayer arcades are popping up on the server list every hour, and each time you join one it is a little bit different; a little bit improved. Amazing user-created addon maps, props, and cabinets are starting to become more and more popular in the public user arcades.

Check out some of the community's creations on the massive Steam Community Hub screenshot page: http://steamcommunity.com/app/266430/screenshots/

While you're at it, have a look at some of the many user reviews: http://steamcommunity.com/app/266430/reviews/?browsefilter=toprated



However, I haven't just been sitting back and enjoying AArcade's release. There is still a lot of work to be done to bring Anarchy Arcade out of early access and into a full Steam release. I plan to have this accomplished by Christmas.

Aside from constantly answering questions and helping users get the most out of AArcade, I have been working on and releasing nightly client updates based on the features that the community has been requesting. Here are some of the highlights of those updates.


Without a doubt multiplayer features were the most highly requested. With all the new players from the Steam Early Access release, I was able to quickly spot some features that were needed, as well as receive some great feedback from players themselves.


The maximum number of players per-server was increased from 16 to 32. This might be increased once again to 64 afer I have implemented better server admin features.


Beta tester and serial art contributor Bucky created a new official map called Apartment Suite that has become pretty popular, judging from the community screenshots.

AArcade uses Valve's Source engine, so there is full SDK documentation on how to create addon maps and the level editor itself, called Hammer, is actually packaged along with AArcade's Steam download.

Bucky is already at work on creating the next new map addition, which should be ready in October. Also keep an eye out for a Getting Started With Mapping guide that I will be posting to AArcade's Steam Community Hub this weekend.


The first build of AArcade to go public on Steam had automatic group viewing for everybody in the multiplayer game. This meant that when you clicked on a video, everybody in the server started watching it with you.

This was great when multiplayer was small 4-player servers with a group of friends. However, since AArcade's Steam release, even servers with 16 spots get filled up very quickly. When you have 16 random people all sharing control over which video to watch, things can get a little crazy.

To deal with what is being referred to as "click spam," and just to deal with larger more heavily populated servers in general, I spent most of last week implementing some great new multiplayer features.


This feature was in direct response to the "click spam" issue. Instead of all players sharing control over 1 synced video, they each get to watch what ever they want.

When a client clicks on a video, it will start playing for only him.

However, if the host clicks on a video, it will start playing for everybody. This feature is called "powerhost" because it makes the host the only person able to initiate group viewing of a video. This works great as long as the host is around to give a tour of his arcade.

Coming soon is a feature that will allow clients to bring up a vote on whether or not everybody wants to group view a particular video. This will allow players to enjoy a synced experience even if the host is absent, all while avoiding the issue of "click spam."


Whether you're the host of your own arcade, or you are checking out a buddy's server with powerhost turned off, there are certain times when you want to select a different cabinet but do not want to disrupt what everybody else is watching.

This is another of the new features added last week. Just hold down SHIFT when you click on an item, and it will only select it for you, even if group viewing is enabled.


With all these new features concerning multiplayer and syncing, it is very possible that your friend might not be watching the same video as you in a multiplayer server. And it sucks not knowing if your friend is experiencing the same thing you are, so for that reason some new icons have been introduced that float above your friend's head to illustrate what he is watching or doing.


Anybody who has this green eye floating over their head is watching the same video you are.


Anybody with this icon floating over their head is actively playing the game they are standing in front of.


If you see somebody with this icon over their head, it means you can walk up to the cabinet and watch them play the game LIVE on the in-game screen.

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2 Weeks In On Steam (Part 2)

September 19


This amazing new feature really takes AArcade multiplayer to the next level. Over-the-shoulder spectating is when you stand behind a person in the VR world and watch him play the game LIVE on the cabinet's in-game screen.

This feature was in development for some time, but last week I revamped it and made it easy and automatic for all players to do.

Game streaming is becoming more popular every day, and as a result, there's starting to be a lot more gamers that know how to stream. Each of them has their own streaming preferences. Some use XSplit, others opt for OBS. Some use Twitch.tv for syndication, while thers use Hitbox.tv.

AArcade's solution for Over-The-Shoulder Spectating needed to be agile enough to allow players to continue using the stuff that they like. And the new Over-The-Shoulder Spectating system that I have added to Anarchy Arcade does just that.

You simply tell AArcade what your Twitch.tv channel name is, and that is literally all you have to do.

When ever you launch a game from a multiplayer server, Anarchy Arcade will check your Twitch channel to see if you are actually live streaming or not. As soon as you are detected as live streaming, an announcement is made in the AArcade server and everybody automatically selects the game cabinet you are standing in front of.

You will have an entire VR room of people behind you watching you play over your shoulder, so the pressure's on!

Right now only streaming to Twitch is supported, but soon Hitbox.tv support will be added, with more syndication services to follow by request.


All of the arcades hosted in multiplayer are the personal work of the players who built them. After exploring some of the amazing arcades that people created, it became apparent that there should be a way to leave feedback to the server host on all his hard work.

So now the first thing you see when you join somebody's multiplayer arcade is a Welcome screen. It shows the Steam avatar of the server host, a link to his Steam profile, some buttons to thumbs up / thumbs down his arcade, a brief description or set of rules that the host asks you to follow, and a button to block his server if you don't like it.

In addition to that, now all cabinets track not only your own play time on them, but also the play time that other people have spent on the cabinet. This means you'll be able to see which items in your arcade are the most popular based on how many hours people have spent playing them in your multiplayer arcade.


Early next week you'll see a couple more multiplayer additions & improvements, but then I'm shifting gears and will be creating art assets for the remainder of September.

Double Action Boogaloo artist & anarcast.tv boradcaster Black Stormy is becoming a serial contributor to Anarchy Arcade and will be working along side me next week to bring you guys some new off-the-hook cabinet and prop models to keep your arcades spicy.

We'll be very busy pulling on verticies all week, and that leaves me little time for programming, so keep an eye out for a couple new guides and articles to hit the Steam community that will showcase some amazing communtiy made addon content that is sure to keep things fresh.


In case you didn't know, every Wednesday I and the other broadcasters from http://www.anarcast.tv participate in Video Day. This is a weekly 24-hour gaming & streaming marathon that happens every Wednesday, all day long.

Last week we had 5 concurrent streams happening the whole day! Lots of stuff happening each week. I also give out gift codes to viewers that allow them to unlock special exclusive props & cabinets within Anarchy Arcade!

You are all invited to participate by watching the stream, chatting with us, or jumping into the actual games and playing with us! Last Wednesday I actually spent all day playing games from users' multiplayer arcades! You can bookmark http://www.anarcast.tv or just follow me on Twitter. I send a Tweet every Wednesday morning to let you know that it's kicking off!

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About the 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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285 of 339 people (84%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
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i can... ummmmm watch porn
Posted: September 4
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157 of 174 people (90%) found this review helpful
9.2 hrs on record
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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!
Posted: September 4
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155 of 174 people (89%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
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...
GAMECEPTION!
Posted: September 5
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56 of 60 people (93%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
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
Posted: September 5
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72 of 97 people (74%) found this review helpful
11.9 hrs on record
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.
Posted: September 1
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