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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!

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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...

Anarchy Weeky First Issue! Featuring 360 YouTube Video Spheres

Anarchy Weeky First Issue! Featuring 360 YouTube Video Spheres

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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...

Spawn real-life games, movies, pictures, and other media (directly from your PC or the internet) into the virtual world. Anarchy Arcade is a media-focused 3D desktop with multiplayer and internet capabilities. It will turn your entire PC into an entertainment...
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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 Creator
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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HECUMarinesMook Feb 9 2014 says:

There's one bug I encountered: Whenever I try to load a TF2 map, it crashes without any error message. I'm pretty sure the mod is the latest version and I have sdk base 2013 installed.

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SM_Sith_Lord Feb 11 2014 replied:

This usually happens because of the TF2 game cache is out of date. Try to verify TF2's local file cache.

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zoroden67 Feb 5 2014 says:

a few more arcade cabinets I'd like to see are a ddr cabinets (for those rhythm games like sequence) , guitar hero style cabinets (for rocksmith and guitar hero 3), and table top cabinets (for that retro pacman look) these and more props would make this game that much cooler and fill up my arcades in cooler ways

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zoroden67 Feb 9 2014 replied:

thanks to community props i now have a bunch of cool props like character standees, guitars, game console props (Wii, 3ds, nes, snes, GameCube, psp, ps3, ps4, ps2, Xbox 360, Xbox 1, and more), legend of Zelda props, black mesa props (from the the black mesa source game), kingdom hearts props, and a line of wreck it Ralph arcade cabinets based on the three different arcade games involved in the movie. my only problems that have arisen are some of the props don't have collision mechanics so they are hard to place (some end up in the floor, some in the wall, etc.). another problem is i can't seem to get a cabinets score higher than about 240 and i really want that time crisis arcade machine model.

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zoroden67 Feb 9 2014 replied:

also another two problems 1: can't unlock the YouTube display items even though i have about 20 different music videos and videos. 2: emulators won't work the executable link is set and it's ok with that part but it can't find the game folder no mater how many times i tell it where to go for them

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zoroden67 Feb 9 2014 replied:

nvm about the youtube issue i put an old vid in a different venue and all of them flooded in after that

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*Flame* Jan 21 2014 says:

How does one uninstall this ? i enjoyed it and all just not using a crazy ton that's all :)

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SM_Sith_Lord Creator
SM_Sith_Lord Jan 26 2014 replied:

To uninstall, just remove the smarcade2 folder from your SourceMods directory and restart Steam.

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Highest Rated (3 agree) 9/10

very good concept

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This mod had a ton of potential but something happened.

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