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 (1,519 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 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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July 26

Anarchy Weeky First Issue! Featuring 360 YouTube Video Spheres

Welcome to the first issue of Anarchy Weekly! Its mission: to bring you the latest & greatest news, addons, and highlights coming from the Anarchy Arcade community and from all corners of the world!

I'm SM Sith Lord and I'll be your host & curator for this wild ride through the metaverse of all human knowledge, history, fiction, and future.

Our first issue focuses on an awesome submission by an AArcade community member, so without further adieu, lets get started!

YouTube 360° Video Spheres
Recently YouTube added 360-degree streaming videos to their service. These videos allow you to look around in any direction as if you were actually there in real life!

Fortunately for us, AArcade community member Oke Doke was able to make a 360° video sphere cabinet for us to spawn these new videos in! Fry has a bunch of them spawned in this parking lot here (above). You just stand in the middle of the spheres and enjoy the show with a fully interactive 360° viewing experience.

Oh, and did I mention that last week Valve fixed Steam's VR mode so you can now experience the 360° videos inside of your arcades with Facebook's Oculus Rift or HTC's Vive virtual reality devkits!


AnarchyTV Live Twitch Demonstrations
The all-new AnarchyTV interactive Twitch.tv video stream will be LIVE all-day this Wednesday, July 29th between 6am - 10pm PDT! Come see what it's like for somebody to launch games from Anarchy Arcade as I try to make progress in beating various games from my library.

You can interact with the AnarchyTV live video stream through chat commands, and you even earn AnarchyTV points for doing so! The top 3 viewers with the most points at the end of the day get entered into a drawing to win a prize!

AnarchyTV Game Giveaway
If Twitch.tv is good for anything, its for giving away free stuff. This Wednesday I will be gifting my extra copy of WWE 2K15 on Steam to the winner of the AnarchyTV raffle!

All you have to do is join the Twitch stream some time during Wednesday and interact with the chat bot for a chance to win your spot on the prize wheel. (You don't even need to have Anarchy Arcade!)

The wheel will spin at 4pm PDT with the top 3 names on it. The winner gets WWE 2K15 and is invited to be my tag-team partner in multiplayer mode! :D


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July 12

Client Update 7/12/2015

  • Improved startup time. Use the +batchsize 0 launch option for the fastest startup times.
  • Fixed an issue that caused file downloads to sometimes fail to initiate.

For people with Batch Loading turned off, this update will drastically improve your startup times!!

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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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93 of 109 people (85%) found this review helpful
18 people found this review funny
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 11
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I am using my computer to play this game to play on a computer to play a game about computers.

Computerception 11/10
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finally i can make my mancave
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29 of 33 people (88%) found this review helpful
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11.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 17
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Best. Thing. Ever!!!!!!!!!!!! Seriously, this is more than just a glorified game launcher. iTunes? Check! Youtube? Check! Emulator support? Quadruple check! Pretty much any program, app, or file can be accessed here. Ever wanted to play Half-Life 2 while replacing the soundtrack with Greenday overlaid with Skrillex while your buddy watches your Youtube videos in the background? You can do that! Ever wanted to spend an evening with your buddy playing video games but can't because he lives accross the state/country? You can do that, too! Ever wanted to build a mancave but don't have the budget? Here you can have a virtual one FOR FREE!!!! It's free! Totally free! Did I mention that it's free? Why are you still reading this? Download it now! It runs on Source so performance is no issue. It only takes 2GB of space. This is by far the best, most finely crafted, and most original mod ever created. The best part? You don't even need to have a Source game installed! Now if you'll excuse me, I'm a little tired of writing. I'm going to go play Bad Company 2 while listening to Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata. OVER 9000/10 WOULD PAY $500 FOR THIS BUT I DON'T HAVE TO BECAUSE IT'S FREE!
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20 of 29 people (69%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 17
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I can watch Sexy videos without getting caught, 10/10.
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77 of 77 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
52.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 20
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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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