Development on the Steam version of Anarchy Arcade is in progress. Many of the great new features and improvements to come required the design of Anarchy Arcade to be altered down to its core. Features such as multiplayer, user hubs, Steam Community, and security improvements. This is the 3rd time that this project has undergone a major renovation, and each time it has been substantially improved. With the new features & improvements coming to the Steam version, this will be the best Anarchy Arcade ever.
Getting Started – Week 1
Being greenlit opened the door to a huge amount of features available through the Steam network. The first week of development involved a whole lot of research and taking a hard look at what features would best benifit the players of Anarchy Arcade.
Other considerations such as multiplayer and security improvements also required lots of research to plan out fesable solutions to issues that are going to need to be addressed further down the road.
All of these design changes require a lot of effort to make sure they don’t clash with other areas of the design. As a programmer, this means lots and lots of flowcharts and UML diagrams. With that being said, there aren’t any flashy new screenshots to show off. However, the core design of the Steam version of Anarchy Arcade has been resolved and for the last few days I have been able to dive into actual C++ coding.
In the prototype, multiplayer was added as an after-thought. This lead to limitations in the prototype, such as not being able to spawn new shortcuts during a multiplayer game. The Steam version’s design sorts out all the logistics caused by spawning new shortcuts during multiplayer and will provide a far richer social experience.
I have been coding the backbone of how shortcuts are kept in-sync in multiplayer games. This starts getting complicated when you consider that some things (such as the location of a game’s EXE) are different for each user and not synced, while the URL of a website IS something that you’d want synced. Rather than bore you (even more) with flowcharts or diagrams at this stage of development, I’ll just get back to programming and work on moving the project to a more screenshot-friendly stage of development.
Bring your Steam account to life in the virtual world. Player hubs are like game hubs, but instead of being all about a specific game, they are all about a specific Steam player.
Player & Game Hubs come together in an exciting new Anarchy Arcade feature that basically lets you create a media-rich, safe, and automatic 3D public hangout that you and your friends can enjoy. Stay tuned for more on this amazing new feature!
After Anarchy Arcade is greenlit, it gets access to Steamworks features.
This means all of the Steam community can be unleashed into your virtual world. Virtual Game Hubs is just ONE of the exciting features made possible by this. Keep an eye out for information on how you’re Steam Inventory is going to make its way into Anarchy Arcade next!
The new version of SM Arcade (2.0e) is posted on GameBanana.com. Tell your friends, spread the word. Now’s the time to get more people interested in using the mod as their interactive desktop wallpaper.
Can’t get enough retro games? I hope so, because the RetroGaming RoundUp is an 8 hour internet radio show that covers topics ranging from gaming conventions to top 10 lists. Listening to the entire show in 1 sitting is not recommended. Source Media Arcade is listed on the show’s itinerary, but I haven’t heard the part where they mention it yet. If you find where they talk about it, let me know! Either way, its worth a listen if you love retro games.
RetroGaming RoundUp #47 – http://www.retrogamingroundup.com/shownotes/2011/roundup041_2011.11.htm
Once again, Source Media Arcade is being released early so you can make your spooky-themed arcades in time for Halloween. One key new feature is a “GoLive!” item that will turn your single player game into an internet-enabled multiplayer game that appears on the master server list.
By now you’ve all gotten the idea that you can discover new media by joining other people’s arcade servers. Well, now there’s a whole new way to discover new media without even playing multiplayer.
Today’s video showcases 2 all-new features to hit SM Arcade in the past few days. First is the DISCOVER BUTTON which will aid you in placing media items that you don’t even own yet! What’s the advantage to that? The 2nd feature showcased in the video are the SEARCH PROVIDERS which link you directly to matching media on your favorite sites! After you buy/download the item, all that’s left is to plug it into SM Arcade and start checking out the all new entertainment you discovered in the 3D world of Source Media Arcade. Your all-in-one PC media center!
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