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Engine update, public to-do list, preparing for release, my epic new VR PC build, and more Twitch fun. Lots of news to bring you arcade maniacs today, so let's get started!


Last week AArcade was updated to Valve's 2015 build of the Source engine, giving us lots of fixes and improvements. This update was a major step towards AArcade coming out of early access, which is planned to happen within the next couple months.

The 2015 engine build allows AArcade to load maps from the TF2 workshop that used special compression methods, giving us even more compatible addon maps to play around in. Shadows have been improved and can now stretch to match the light source position. Valve also included many VR and security updates in the latest engine build, along with other improvements and fixes that I haven't even discovered yet.

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With the help of the AArcade community, I have compiled a public to-do list of nearly 200 fixes & features that we want added to AArcade. While only a handful of these are expected to be added before the full Steam release, the list will be used to guide continued development after release as well.

The sortable list can be found by going to Anarchyarcade.com and clicking on "To-Do List" in the navigation bar. If you feel that the list is missing a bug fix or a feature that needs to be added, feel free to voice your opinion in a reply to this news article or on the forums. And keep an eye on the list as it may change over time as people submit new ideas or as items on the list get completed.

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AArcade has way more features than it lacks, so a big part of coming out of Early Access is documentation, tutorials, and videos that show people what AArcade is capable of, and how to use it. This includes a rennovation to AnarchyArcade.com, the Steam store page, and in-game help menus.

AArcade can be used for LOTS of different things, so quickly showing a new user exactly what they want to know about it can be a challenege. I've decided that the best way to address this is to have a set of short, very specific videos on the website that allow users to jump directly to the topics that interest them. The first two videos that I created for the series are below:


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To help with development and testing, last week I built a BEAST of a VR gaming PC. It far surpasses the recommended VR specs released by Oculus & Valve. With it I will be able to properly test VR support & multiplayer servers in AArcade, as well as take the Wednesday Twitch streams to a whole new level! Did I mention that Source engine games & AArcade have their own dedicated 500GB SSD? I have included links to the parts I used in case anybody is thinking about building their own rig.

Specifications:

  • Intel i7 6700k
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980TI AMP!
  • 16MB DDR4 RAM

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If you like games, or if you like AArcade, or if you just have a 2nd monitor with nothing playing on it, be sure to tune into the LIVE weekly video stream from my garage where I use my totally tricked-out one-and-only IRL Anarchy Arcade cabinet to build arcades and play games in literally all day long.

Thanks to the new PC, AnarchyTV now has some excellent stream quality broadcasted at low bitrate so even people with slow internet can drop in and hang out with me.

Last Wednesday I logged some SERIOUS playtime in the following games during the stream:

  • Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege (Max Settings)
  • Star Wars Battlefront (Max Settings + Logitech Flight Stick)
  • Grand Theft Auto V (Max Settings + G27 Racing Wheel + 360 Controller)

I'll be playing games from AArcade all day on Wednesday, but as always I will be able to answer any questions or demonstrate anything you need in AArcade.

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In other community news, there have been some awesome workshop shares the past few weeks as well as some excellent nodes shared using the new & improved metaverse node system. In next week's article, I will be focusing on these and other AArcade community events as usual.

Anarchy Weekly Issue No. 5 - Metaverse

Anarchy Weekly Issue No. 5 - Metaverse

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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...

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!

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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...

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OurBenefactors
OurBenefactors

Is it possible to use pcsx2 and epsxe shortcuts?

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SM_Sith_Lord Creator
SM_Sith_Lord

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 Creator
SM_Sith_Lord

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 twitch.tv/AnarchyArcade tomorrow to see some of the new features in action!

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Rus[T]
Rus[T]

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..
Greetings!

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SM_Sith_Lord Creator
SM_Sith_Lord

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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Guest
Guest

Im trying to play this but theres only a black screen with music playing

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SM_Sith_Lord Creator
SM_Sith_Lord

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

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ZaneLear
ZaneLear

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
nicophillips

Media.moddb.com
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 Creator
SM_Sith_Lord

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

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nicophillips
nicophillips

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 Garrysmod.org 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 Creator
SM_Sith_Lord

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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BAD BAD STUPID HOW WHY SO BAD!

This mod had a ton of potential but something happened.

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