Virtual Physical Pool: More On Rust Devs’ Arcade Sim

Running an arcade was a brief childhood dream of mine, mostly because I wanted free play on multiplayer tank battle FPS Tokyo Wars. Then I got a new PC and Quake and, well, here we are.

Rust and Garry’s Mod makers Facepunch Studios announced last year that they were working on a multiplayer virtual arcade that’d let folks lark about in player-design arcades full of player-made games. They’ve been quiet about it for a few months, so I’d assumed they’d gently smothered the prototype with a digipillow. No, a new dev blog post shows it’s still coming along nicely. I don’t see a Tokyo Wars em up, but they do have virtual physical games like pool running now.

The last few months have seen them add multiplayer, so now folks can wander around virtual arcades, playing games, watching others play, or playing together. They’ve got a fair number of arcade video game cabinets already, and recently added physical games like pool and those little arcade basketball booths.

While folks will be able to lark about and play games, if you want to get more involved, you can create your own arcade. Buying bits with virtual currency, folks will be able to design their arcade’s layout, place games, and generally try to run a lucrative arcade. A management sort of sim thing. But not like that overpriced Game Room guff Microsoft tried a few years back.

Or if you want to get really, really involved, you can program your own games in C#. Lovely jubbly!

Here, go check out the blog post to see videos of folks larking about in arcades together.


  1. Shiny_Llama says:

    In a similar vein, developers Digital Cybercherries have made an arcade that’s wonderfully period-appropriate.
    It’s meant for VR, but works perfectly fine without it. It’s at link to

    • J Arcane says:

      I came here just to say this. New Retro Arcade is amazing. I’m really sad they’re not sticking with it. It’s got a few bugs to work out still, but it’s already an amazing experience. Definitely worth checking out.

  2. Guy Montag says:

    There’s also Anarchy Arcade which has… a lot of heart (but also a lot of issues).

    I love the ideas of these in theory, but in practice, well. I also liked HOME, but it had its huge share of problems.

  3. Reapy says:

    Holy shit I just had a vision of making a retro arcade game for a oculus rift virtual arcade. Then while you are playing it when you beat a certain level you can make monsters EXPLODE OUT OF THE SCREEN for real or other crazy stuff happen in the ‘real’ arcade space.

    God damnit I can’t wait for VR.

  4. April March says:

    Is anyone else finding the videos on their site incredibly slow and annoying to load?

  5. Gabe McGrath says:

    Just logged in to say I’m with you Alice.
    Tokyo Wars is the best.

    Never quite managed to defeat those white army bastards.
    (Got it down to about 4 left once, but that was it.)