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Prototype Maintenance Update

Prototype users, rejoice! This patch will fix some major bugs that have arisen recently in the retired prototype.

Head to the Downloads section to get your hands on the update!

The source code of the Steam version of Anarchy Arcade is a completely different branch than the prototype, so going back to update the prototype is not something I do very lightly. However, the way that the prototype was designed (in a quick & rugged fashion) makes it susceptible to serious bugs if a web server it depends on changes its address or functionality.

In contrast, the Steam version of Anarchy Arcade is resistant to these types of follies. It has superior error handling that minimizes the effect of any problems that DO occur, and it implements all web server logic as add-on scripts that can be easily swapped out or updated when needed.

The prototype had the following symptoms:

  1. Steam game cabinets would spawn with broken screen & marquee images.
  2. Netflix movies would fail to spawn altogether.
  3. Hulu video previews would fail to playback on the in-game screens.

Issue 1

One issue with the prototype is that some of the web server scrapers, such as the Steam games info scraper, are hard-coded into the executable. This means that when they do break, it requires a major client update that everybody has to manually download & install. That's why this maintenance update is required today; Steam changed the address of the server used for game header images & screenshots. As a result, the prototype got confused and made it nearly impossible to launch your Steam games at all. This maintenance update resolves the Steam images issue.

Issue 1.5

Ideally, the Steam image server changing its address shouldn't have stopped you from being able to launch your cabinets, but unfortunately this was the case in the prototype. Again, this folly was due to the quick & rugged fashion that the prototype was developed in. The prototype has little to no error-handling, meaning that if something goes wrong, it ALL goes wrong. This is another area that the Steam version of Anarchy Arcade excels in.

The Steam version's error handling is prepared for all sorts of failures at any stage of the process because it is designed for user-created addon scripts. Not only can it handle errors, but it also filters out any malicious commands that an evil user might try to take advantage of. It is able to detect problems and use fallback settings so that you'll always be able to at least get a default shortcut to your file spawned in your arcade, even if all hell breaks loose.


Issue 2

The prototype's issue with Netflix was due in part to the poor error handling, but was also due to an incompatibility with an all-new image format that is emerging on the internet. The new format is developed by Google and called WebP. It is actually superior than many other popular image formats in its optimization and compression, which makes it ideal for mobile-ready websites.

The problem is that Google's competitors are naturally apprehensive to add support for an image format that is controlled by Google. This means that pretty much the only browser that supports the WebP image format at this time is Google's own web browser, Chrome, and the framework it is based on.

Once again, this is a problem that only affects the prototype. To patch it, this maintainance update no longer tries to use the WebP DVD covers from Netflix. It tries to find a DVD cover from TheMovieDb to use instead. In the Steam version of Anarchy Arcade, the WebP image format will actually be fully supported, but it will still grab good ol' JPEG DVD covers from TheMovieDb so that your cabinets will be easier to share with your friends in standard web browsers.


Issue 3

The prototype's issue with Hulu is right along the same lines as the Steam images issue; the web address to embed Hulu videos changed and caused the in-game playback of them to fail. This one was easy to fix in the prototype, I just had to update the address in the Hulu scraper. When you spawn new Hulu videos, they will now be visible on the in-game screens when you select them; just like before.

Emulator Support Expanded

Some multi-system emulators require you to pass them a game TYPE for them to be able to automatically load your game. This functionality has been added to the prototype and allows for complex emulators that require this launch command parameter, such as MESS, to be function with the prototype. If you're one of the people who like to create your own emulator scripts for the prototype, the keyword for this new command line parameter is $TYPE. Just include that in your launch commands where ever you want the TYPE of the item to be inserted.

Changes in version 2.2g:

  • Fixed the Steam game scraper.
  • Updated addresses of Steam image sources to reflect the new CDN.
  • Fixed the Netflix scraper.- Removed marquee images from the Netflix scraper.
  • Fixed the Hulu scraper.
  • Updated the address that the Hulu scraper uses for in-game previews.
  • Fixed slave marquees showing up as purple/black checkers.
  • Removed the ability to set marquees as slaves.
  • Added the keyword $TYPE to insert an item's TYPE into it's launch command.
  • Added support for emulators that require a TYPE when launching (such as MESS).

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As always, development on the Steam version of Anarchy Arcade continues. If you need to catch up on some of the most recent news, you can check out this article on how plugins work in the Steam version. You can also follow @AnarchyArcade on Twitter to be notified of all news such as updates, live streams, or just random fun.

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Nov 26, 2013 Patch 0 comments

Already a SMAR•CADE user? This will update your version 2.2f install to the current version. (Version 2.2g)

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Already a SMAR•CADE user? This will update your version 2.2f install to the current version. (Version 2.2g)

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Sep 20, 2013 Full Version 1 comment

The official ZIP ARCHIVE for SMAR•CADE: Anarchy Edition. All you need is this and Steam. (Version 2.2g)

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Zer0Hope
Zer0Hope Jun 22 2014, 8:09pm says:

Yep doesnt working with any games, no servers though:\

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SM_Sith_Lord
SM_Sith_Lord Jun 23 2014, 10:38am replied:

The prototype's like a 3D desktop, so it's main use is in singleplayer. You spawn your games, movies, videos, and images and build up your library and some cool arcades in the process.

Then you can host your own arcade in Multiplayer mode if you want to show it to some friends. There's no dedicated servers for the prototype unfortunately, but if you need help hosting a multiplayer game I can explain how its done.

Are you having trouble with your games in it?

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Zer0Hope
Zer0Hope Jun 25 2014, 1:14am replied:

yeah, even with 2.2g update its still doesnt recognized steam games

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SM_Sith_Lord
SM_Sith_Lord Jul 4 2014, 9:29am replied:

If your games don't even show up in your Library Browser, it's probably because your Steam profile is Private. The prototype requires your profile be set to Public for it to detect which Steam games you own.

If this is the case for you, you just have to set your Steam profile to Public, then use this command in-game: getmysteamgames 1

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SM_Sith_Lord
SM_Sith_Lord Jun 22 2014, 7:55pm replied:

You can use community addon models, that is what all the crazy random models are.

You can do a whole lot with addons in the prototype. If you've used addons for games like Counter-Strike: Source before, using addons should be pretty easy.

Here is an article with full details on how to use all the different types of addon content: Steamcommunity.com

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maxb8888
maxb8888 Jun 18 2014, 6:20pm says:

It doesn't work with any of my games.

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SM_Sith_Lord
SM_Sith_Lord Jun 19 2014, 7:46am replied:

Yeah, the prototype (which is about 6 months old now) needed an update.

The current bugs are major:
1. Steam Games cannot be spawned or launched properly.
2. Netflix movies cannot be spawned properly.

However, last Tuesday I fixed these issues and will be uploading a small patch to the prototype today, then it's back to working on the Steam version.

Check back tonight for the prototype patch!

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OurBenefactors
OurBenefactors Apr 27 2014, 9:22am says:

Is it possible to use pcsx2 and epsxe shortcuts?

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SM_Sith_Lord
SM_Sith_Lord May 1 2014, 7:31am replied:

Yes, but like all other emulators they require a small addon script. Users have actually made scripts for epsxe and pcsx2, I just need to get around to adding them to the DLC page. I'll try to have them up this week.

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