Pick up the crowbar of research scientist Gordon Freeman, and find yourself on an alien-infested Earth being picked to the bone, its resources depleted, its populace dwindling. You must rescue the world from the wrong you unleashed back at Black Mesa.

The original Half-Life sent a shock through the game industry with its combination of pounding action and continuous, immersive storytelling. Valve's debut title won more than 50 Game of the Year awards, was named "Best Game Ever" by PC Gamer, and launched a franchise which has since sold over 11 million units worldwide. By taking the suspense, challenge and visceral charge of the original Half-Life and adding startling new realism and responsiveness, Half-Life 2 opens the door to a world where the player’s presence affects everything around him or her, from the physical environment to the behaviors and even the emotions of both friends and enemies.

Technical note: most mods “for Half-Life 2” are actually cross-compatible with all of Valve's Source engine games. Check a mod’s profile for details on whether a specific game is needed.

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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.

More info on the awesome community-made map & arcade shown in the screenshot will be featured in next week's issue, but just this one room is enough to keep us busy for many weeks itself.


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.


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EclipseRS Jul 25 2003 says:

Information :

A new HL2 modification revolving around the street racing world, you will be able to purchase parts for your car in game, we are going to make a central server similar to that of Motor City Online, however, we will need a sponsor, if you wish to sponsor us with a server or two (One for Beta Testing, One For Central-Server) then please email me.

If you wish to ask any questions please either email me or join our IRC channel at #HighOctane on the gamesnet server (irc.gamesnet.net), add us to you're auto perform list and just idle!

We are currently looking for the following; 2 Coders, 2-4 Modelers, 2-4 Skinners, 1 Graphics Artist, 2 Animations. We currently have one mapper (My Self) and one graphics artist (F|uxx).

To view our website : Click Here
To view our moddb profile : Click Here

Eric "EclipseRS" Pelezo

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Pengus Jul 23 2003 says:

How Many of you will have the hardware to play this though??

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ShortCutMan Jul 20 2003 says:

waldenlongboards wrote:i need help wear do i get hl2 and do i need it to play hl2 mods

Its not out yet, and yes you will need HL2 to play HL2 mods. They aren't HL2 mods for nothing. :rolleyes:

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BiGDaWg12 Jul 17 2003 says:

Forget Multiplayer, if they did get rid of multiplay, i would still buy the game (though no MP would really suck) but this game's Single Player is gonna be much better than the MP is. I CANT WAIT :D

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waldenlongboards Jul 16 2003 says:

i need help wear do i get hl2 and do i need it to play hl2 mods

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hammy-bob Jul 9 2003 says:

:-| why do you think none of us played hl single player, that was the great part of hl

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Scorcho Jul 7 2003 says:

This is probably gonna be a sweet game, but I bet half of you didn't even play half life single player, and are calling this game sweet because of modding capabilities :S
If you are gonna buy this when it comes out, don't expect mods for a couple months. Instead, PLAY SINGLE PLAYER.
Now for some subliminal messaging.

I like pie, pie is good to PLAY with. When I was SINGLE I was such a PLAYER!!


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Skeedish Jun 28 2003 says:

yeah, half-life 2 will ownzorg doom 3, but ut2k4 will come a close second :P

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briguy992 Jun 25 2003 says:

so i teh winnar???

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Smiles_the_Chipmunk Nov 5 2005 says:

they dont have a hotfix...we determined that my improved preformance was the result of a "clean boot" which is achieved by turning off any firewalls.

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Sadly it never ends for Gordon Freeman, he is gaming worlds Jack Bauer, consistently going from one bad day to the next. No sooner have you blown up the head of the Xenian Nihilanth and discussed career prospects with the mysterious G-Man than he tosses you in the mix again. Another train ride another mysterious situation leaving Gordon (and you the gamer) none the wiser, but thats what we like about the Half-life series and all it's canonical universe, Valve will always give you a Palm d'or plot…

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