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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

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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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OurBenefactors Apr 27 2014 says:

Is it possible to use pcsx2 and epsxe shortcuts?

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SM_Sith_Lord May 1 2014 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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SM_Sith_Lord Apr 8 2014 says:

This weekend I got the YouTube channel spawning into the prototype, along with the ability to spawn all of your Steam Trading Card achievement unlocks. It uses the custom-parsers to put all of them into the 3D world, just like described in recent articles.

After the Kickstarter concludes, there will be 1 more prototype update then I'm going back to working on the Steam version.

Check out tomorrow to see some of the new features in action!

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Rus[T] Mar 30 2014 says:

Hey, a question. AA is free right now, the prototype I mean. You keep adding so many things and features in you free time, respect for that! But in time when this is fully released, will it be sold on Steam then, because it's greenlit now? Or will it be free? I really wouldn't mind to throw some little money I have at this and buy it when the full version is released on Steam. But I see that the kickstarter is going slow, wich is a real shame. So if the kickstart fails, what's going to happen? Are you still going to release it on Steam as an Alpha (even tho I'm personally not a real fan of that model, but hey), and use the money you get from this to fund the development of AA? Or is the kickstarter really necessary for the development, and when it would fail will have a detrimental effect on AA? It would be sad to see if this revolutionary project can't be developed to its full potential..

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SM_Sith_Lord Apr 5 2014 replied:

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!

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SM_Sith_Lord Mar 29 2014 replied:

Others have been able to fix this issue by updating their video card drivers and DirectX versions.

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ZaneLear Mar 12 2014 says:

I just downloaded this, installed it and derped around a little on it, tho seems no servers for other people show up sadly, would be cool to visit people unless do I need to unlock it?

This idea is quite interesting tho only issues I have sofar is when launching another game or so it will not launch within the arcade, it will open a new window, I know that it might not be able to launch inside the arcade but it sucks when it slightly freezes your screen and or shrinks your window.

I still like this tho, going to be interesting to see what comes of this, would be nice if this was stand alone or so so people without HL2 and etc could enjoy this and invite friends over, show off games and movies, music and so much more, I think what would be neat is if your friends could play your pc games inside of your arcade and all that jazz.

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nicophillips Feb 22 2014 says:
How did you get a 3 screen desktop model because I have not seen that is it an reward or add on?

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SM_Sith_Lord Feb 22 2014 replied:

You have to win it, it is one of the prizes for the screenshot contest.

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nicophillips Feb 23 2014 replied:

Also how do you import models from the .GCF files from valve (from games like tf2, l4d2, hl2, hl2:ep1 and 2).
(P.S. When I imported 17 maps of rp_ from they slowed down the game... Is there a specific type of map suggested?)
Thank you for taking your time to help me.
Nicholas Phillips
AKA "Navy Commander"

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SM_Sith_Lord Feb 23 2014 replied:

You can mount content from many Source engine games by clicking Mount Content on the main menu. The maps from games you have mounted will show up in the Start Arcades screen, just be sure you have Show Addons checked in the Filter box.

Personally I suggest smaller maps instead of massive city-sized RP maps. It's easy to change to a different map, and when the maps are small it doesn't take for ever to find what you're looking for. :)

Let me know if you have any troubles.

Btw, taking a screenshot with F5 will update a map's thumbnail on the Start Arcades screen.

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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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