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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 It features some awesome 360 videos that are great for viewing from inside of Anarchy Arcade.


Anarchy Weekly Issue No. 4 - Sequels

Anarchy Weekly Issue No. 4 - Sequels

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In this trip around the metaverse we combine the original Star Wars trilogy with the all-new The Force Awakens universe, AArcade-style. We also take a...

Anarchy Weekly Issue No. 3 - Strength in Numbers

Anarchy Weekly Issue No. 3 - Strength in Numbers

3 months ago News 0 comments

But who IS the AArcade community? How many people actually play? This issue will fill you in on some of the exciting stats about the community and also...

Anarchy Weekly Issue No. 2 - Toontastic!

Anarchy Weekly Issue No. 2 - Toontastic!

3 months ago News 0 comments

This week we'll be stepping inside of our favorite cartoon... and never come out. Because we don't have to! Anarchy Arcade enables us turn any Source...

Anarchy Weeky First Issue! Featuring 360 YouTube Video Spheres

Anarchy Weeky First Issue! Featuring 360 YouTube Video Spheres

4 months ago News 0 comments

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...

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giantperson Aug 1 2015 says:

I have been doing lots of updates to the prototype recently to promote the Kickstater campaign and the concept in general.

However, the prototype and the Steam version are two very different versions and actually use different code bases. The prototype is like a canvas where I quickly test out concepts and see how the community enjoys them. Because of this, the prototype is basically a bunch of different ideas patched together with duct-tape. In fact, interactive video screens and multiplayer weren't even features of the original prototype. These types of major features are things that need to be implemented from the very beginning.

That is what the Steam version of Anarchy Arcade is. It is all the features (who's tech is demonstrated in the prototype) built into one tight kick-*** package. Plus it will have all of the new features that aren't even possible in the prototype such as the Steamworks features and multiplayer customization.

The Steam version will not be free, but will be very cheap. I am going for a standard price of $15 USD, but I don't know exactly how much it will cost yet. Remember that stuff on Steam is usually on sale anyways, so people will have lots of opportunities to pick it up for cheaper than that.

There's still a week left in the Kickstater campaign so I am still promoting that for the duration. Now is the time to make a pledge to the Kickstarter and make a memorable impression on the Anarchy Arcade community.

And remember I'll be giving away more free Steam games this Wednesday while playing Anarchy Arcade, 1 every hour for the full 24 hours. I had a great time giving out 28 games last Wednesday and look forward to doing it again this week!

"The Steam version will not be free, but will be very cheap. I am going for a standard price of $15 USD" Well you wrote this. If you changed your decision before my comment, sorry, well anyway this game needs a lot of improvements and bug fixes. I try to put a certain picture on a wall but it becomes an arcade. Maybe I am not close enough to the wall, well, anyway, excellent idea. With the execution, this could be outstanding.

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SM_Sith_Lord Aug 2 2015 replied:

Ah, I think I see where you're getting confused.

You are reading information from the original Kickstarter for Anarchy Arcade. Its goal was to raise the $25,000 needed to buy a resale license on Steam, which would have allowed me to take out business loans to pay additional team members to work on Anarchy Arcade. (Assuming AArcade was going to generate revenue on the Steam store.)

However, as you can see from the Kickstarter page you got that text from, that plan failed. Anarchy Arcade had no funding and no development team, other than myself.

Rather than let Anarchy Arcade die, I decided to keep working on AArcade for a few more years and finish AArcade, by myself, for free.

And since that Kickstarter you are quoting failed to raise the money for a resale license, it is impossible for me to sale AArcade.

AArcade is free. You're just reading stuff from a failed Kickstarter that was attempting to turn this 1-man project into something bigger.

Btw, mouse wheel cycles through cabinet models. There are a few picture frames and poster models to choose from. Go to the Main Menu > Achievements to see all of the available models.

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giantperson Jul 31 2015 says:

You said that the full steam version will not be free. I don't care what price it will be, I am very sad now. :(

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SM_Sith_Lord Aug 1 2015 replied:

Where did I say that? AArcade is free.

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3vango123 Mar 22 2015 says:

Me and My Friend Built an Arcade that has low gravity,is in slow motion, and has a Arcade Cabinet that opens my capture card software and loads up Super Mario Galaxy 2 on my Wii.


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FastGamerr Dec 23 2014 says:

MOTY 2014 Interaction Award! Major congrats, man! :]

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Guest Dec 23 2014 replied:

Thanks Gamerr! JK 4 life!

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Secret_Coming Dec 3 2014 says:

steam release requires any base content?

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Guest Dec 7 2014 replied:

Nope, all you need is Anarchy Arcade. This is true for the current Early Access version as well as the final version.

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very good concept

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This mod had a ton of potential but something happened.

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Nov 24 2015 by anarchyarcade

@rcottrill521 I suggest sharing your arcade to the Steam workshop to allow clients to connect MUCH faster!

Nov 24 2015 by anarchyarcade

@rcottrill521 Hey Aaron. Any player can host a MP server, just need port 27015 open for it to be public. Build in SP, then host it MP.

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@LucaTanda00101 if you add me on Steam friends (SM Sith Lord) I can troubleshoot your map in PMs.

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@LucaTanda00101 Hmmm, not an error I've ever encountered. Google shows it might be due to an extremely high number of objects in a map.

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