Bi-Weekly Songs of the Week (Feb. 14, 2018)

Posted in Flash Flash Revolution on February 14th, 2018 Leave A Comment »

Welcome to the 2018 Valentine’s Day Release! We’ve got an easier chart from M0nkeyz for an excellent Drum N’ Bass song released from Monstercat, by Feint. YoshL also provides us with a shorter but harder chart that packs quite a powerful punch for its length. Feel free to leave comments in the thread.

We won’t be alone
Musician: Feint
Step Artist: M0nkeyz
Song Genre: Dance
Style: Drum N Bass
Difficulty: 30
Song Length: 2:24

Mix a Little Foolishness
Musician: Renard
Step Artist: YoshL
Song Genre: Dance 2
Style: Electronic
Difficulty: 88
Song Length: 1:26

- The Game Management Team

Bi-Weekly Songs of the Week (Feb. 3, 2018)

Posted in Flash Flash Revolution on February 3rd, 20186 Comments »

Welcome to the continuation of Bi-Weekly Songs of the Week! We have Head Banger from hi19hi19, a short file featuring lots of dense handstream control, and then a flavorful chart for WonderWing from DarkZtar with lots of syncopated rhythms.

Also be on the lookout for the Valentine’s Day Release! Feel free to leave comments in the Song Release thread.

Head Banger
Musician: AKIMO
Step Artist: hi19hi19
Song Genre: Rock
Style: Metal
Difficulty: 89
Song Length: 1:16

Musician: Sakuzyo
Step Artist: DarkZtar
Song Genre: Misc
Style: Artcore
Difficulty: 73
Song Length: 3:11

- The Game Management Team

Happy New Year! Bi-Weekly Songs of the Week (Jan. 1, 2018)

Posted in Flash Flash Revolution on January 1st, 20185 Comments »

Happy New Year, FFR! We know we just had a songs release, but we wanted to kick off 2018 by surprising you with another!

We hope you have prepared some ambitious New Year’s resolutions. If they involve a lofty skillboost, let us know what your FFR goals for 2018 are! *(The New Year fills you with determination.)

New Game
Musician: Nitro Fun
Step Artist: juckter1
Song Genre: Dance2
Style: Electro
Difficulty: 68
Song Length: 2:11

The Fated Hour
Musician: Exias
Step Artist: Silvuh
Song Genre: Dance2
Style: Instrumental
Difficulty: 69
Song Length: 2:49

Thank you for being with us for a huge milestone – our 15th revolution around the sun.

- The Game Management Team

New Batch Search Engine Site Released

Posted in Flash Flash Revolution on December 31st, 20171 Comment »

Happy New Year’s Eve! I am happy to announce that the new Batch Search Engine (BSE) Site is now up and running. This new site comes with several benefits over the old one.

Performance and Cost Improvements

Overall, the new site runs faster. The biggest difference can be noticed on the Queue’d Songs page. On the old Batch Search Engine Site, the Queue’d Songs page could take anywhere from 20-30 seconds to load. Now the loading time for that same page is only a few seconds.

The new site will also cost less to keep up! Spending less keeping the site up for the same functionality, in addition to performance improvements, is a win-win.

More Opportunities

This new BSE site will be more maintainable and customizable, standardized to the Python programming language. The old site, while functional, was convoluted and hard to maintain.

Users can provide their feedback and suggestions in the BSE changelog thread. Be sure to look there for current known issues, suggestions, plans, and completed work related to the BSE.

Better Stats

While this is not implemented yet, in the future there is possibility for visualization of data related to song submissions. For example, what if there’s a pie chart that shows the breakdown of song submissions by stepartist for a batch?

There is already a proof of concept for this type of graph visualization on the Crossover Spectrum Site Stats page. While this is a project different from the BSE, there is already existing work to take data and provide different insight.

- DossarLX ODI

R^3 Air Edition, Spin it UP: Mobile Alpha Test, Alt Engine Leaderboards & New Songs

Posted in Flash Flash Revolution on December 25th, 201761 Comments »

R^3 Air Edition: A Non-Flash Based Engine

Have you read thread upon thread of lag reduction tips for FFR? Do you get random lag spikes, no matter how many times you restart a song? FFR has a long history of running poorly on modern operating systems, regardless of hardware, due to the the performance and optimization limitations of Adobe Flash Player. If you’ve ever been personally victimized by Flash Player, we have a very exciting announcement for you.

Flash Flash Revolution is ditching Flash Player once and for all.

R^3 Air Edition is the same great game engine, built entirely without Flash. All future R^3 updates will apply to both browser/Flash and desktop/Air editions, and update automatically. Some of the features introduced in the future may only apply to Air Edition though. Air Edition includes everything the current game does, along with some new features the Adobe AIR platform allows us to provide:

So what are you waiting for?! R^3 Air Edition is immediately available for download for Windows1 (did we mention without Flash?).

Oh, and we’re also releasing…

Spin it UP: Mobile Alpha Test

Spin it UP: Mobile Alpha Test

This update also brings the first public release of Spin it UP: Mobile for Android devices and Windows. For those who are not familiar with the old Spin it UP, it is a mouse-driven rhythm game developed by FFR that was discontinued in 2011. Keeping in theme with R^3, Spin it UP is ditching Flash, and has been completely rebuilt from the ground up.

To play Spin it UP: Mobile on your Android device, tap to download the .apk below, and install it using “APK Installer” from the Google Play Store. Let us know what you think! We’re hoping to collect your feedback on device compatibility and general experience.

Choose your destiny.

Oh, and also have some…

Alt Engine Leaderboards

Alt Engine Leaderboards

Alt Engine Leaderboards are a new leaderboard system, which automatically tracks and ranks all alternate engine scores. New alternate engines won’t appear visible to the public until they are unhidden by an FFR administrator.

These leaderboards are built using new FFR score code, which in the future will allow us to support replays and rates. Please leave us your suggestions, for any features you’d like to see on the alt engine leaderboards. We’re looking forward to developing this new competitive platform for FFR.

And let’s wrap things up with some new content…

Songs of the Week (Dec. 25, 2017)

This will be FFR’s final song release for 2017! When you try out the new engine, be sure to start by indulging in FFR’s favourite pastime – passing Death Piano. Who will become the first person to AAA Death Piano v2′s ending 16th megatrill?!

Death Piano v2
Musician: Xi
Step Artist: hi19hi19
Song Genre: Skill Token
Style: Piano Quartet
Difficulty: 70
Song Length: 2:52
* Pass Death Piano to unlock Death Piano v2.

The last song of the year is an unmissable masterpiece by Xiz. Experience a full-body “hands to wubs” sensation with Problematic.

Musician: Kezwik & Protohype
Step Artist: Xiz
Song Genre: Dance 2
Style: Drumstep
Difficulty: 62
Song Length: 2:09

That’s all folks. We’ve officially run out of space in the title to fit any more updates. Be sure to give Velocity all of your love in the comments! Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and welcome to the world of lagless2 FFR. :D

1(Mac and Linux versions of R^3 Air Edition will hopefully come at a later date.)
2(This is the first public release of the Air version, so mileage may vary, but performance should be way better.)

December 2017 Site Updates

Posted in Flash Flash Revolution on December 20th, 20178 Comments »

December 2017 Site Updates

Hello, everyone! We hope you are all having a great holiday. This is a summary post about some recent smaller changes from November to December, that haven’t been announced on the homepage yet. We are also planning one more song release this year for December 25th.

New R^3 Engine Features
      β€’ New Replay Format (FFRBIN)
      β€’ Selectable Menu Music
      β€’ Selectable Default Engine
      β€’ Selectable Default Filter
      β€’ Restarts/Lost Stats Tracking
      β€’ Toggle Top/Bottom Bar Graphics
      β€’ Double Tap Quit to exit Song Queues

New Site Features
      β€’ Updated Song Previews
      β€’ Extended Song Chart Statistics
      β€’ Restarts/Lost Stats Webpage

Bug Fixes
      β€’ Fixed Page Display when using filters.
      β€’ Fixed Ingame PA and Options use Judge Language correctly.

What’s New?
Binary Replays (FFRBIN) are a new replay format, designed to increase playback accuracy and compression, and can fit an entire replay on your clipboard.

Lost statistics from song restarts are now being tracked separately. (Song restarts still won’t count towards your games played or grandtotal.)

You can now set any in-game song as your menu music, by right-clicking the title on the song selection screen. You can also set a default alternate engine playlist and default filter upon loading the R^3 engine. There is now an option to disable the top and bottom bars that appear in-game.

Song pages on the site have dozens of new extended statistics. They can be viewed by clicking β€œToggle Extended Song Stats” on any game level page. Song pages also have an update chart preview, now using the R^3 engine and your game settings.

Community News
Development on the new Batch Search Engine site is aimed to finish before the end of this year, if not Christmas. The most recent post in the Weekly Batch Update thread describes the current progress on the BSE site.

Signups for Benguin and Xel’s Rates Tourney #2 are still open until the end of Round 1 (Saturday, Dec 23 @ 10PM server time). If you have a New Year’s resolution to start playing again, it’s a great opportunity to de-rust fast. Just post in the thread that you’d like to participate, and you will be assigned to a skill bracket.

Vendetta21, mellonxcollie, and choof are now recognized as sectional moderators of their respective sub-forums.

The FFR Discord Server is now verified, and has gained over 1,200 members since its official launch in September! It has been steadily gaining more activity every month, so it will be permanently replacing Profile Chat (RIP prochat walrus).

Velocity, PrawnSkunk & DossarLX ODI
- FFR Development & Game Management

Bi-Weekly Songs of the Week (Nov. 11, 2017)

Posted in Flash Flash Revolution on November 11th, 20172 Comments »

Welcome to the first November release! For upcoming releases for the rest of the year, please check the Weekly Batch Updates thread. Feel free to leave comments in the thread.

For Alexandria
Musician: LEAF XCEED Music Division
Step Artist: hi19hi19
Song Genre: Rock
Style: Game Remix
Difficulty: 46
Song Length: 1:12

The Basement Community
Musician: The Flashbulb
Step Artist: Pizza69
Song Genre: Rock
Style: Ambient Rock
Difficulty: 77
Song Length: 3:01

- The Game Management Team

Halloween Song Release (Oct. 31, 2017)

Posted in Flash Flash Revolution on October 31st, 20176 Comments »

Hello again everyone and Happy Halloween! We’ve got an exciting release this time around with 2 regular songs and 3 skill tokens that increase in difficulty of unlocking. The requirements for the skill tokens are indicated with the song information.

Regular Songs

Drive of Unliving Things
Musician: Orange Dust
Step Artist: MarioNintendo
Song Genre: Misc
Style: Electronica
Difficulty: 66
Song Length: 2:44

Lust for Blood
Musician: setsat
Step Artist: Scintill
Song Genre: Rock
Style: Metal
Difficulty: 67
Song Length: 2:53

Skill Tokens

Cruel Whole (Abelcain Remix) v2
Musician: Venetian Snares
Step Artist: hi19hi19
Song Genre: Skill Token
Style: Noizecore
Difficulty: 84
Song Length: 1:45
* Full combo Cruel Whole (Abelcain Remix).

In The Summer (Canblaster Remix)
Musician: Crystal Fighters
Step Artist: Wayward Vagabond
Song Genre: Skill Token
Style: Electronic Remix
Difficulty: 75
Song Length: 2:09
* Full combo A Yodeler In Texas with 25 boos or less.

Dreamin’ attraction!! (Extended)
Musician: Hino Isuka
Step Artist: YoshL
Song Genre: Skill Token
Style: Happy Hardcore
Difficulty: 105
Song Length: 4:25
* Full combo Music (For Kirby) with 25 goods or less and 25 boos or less.

- The Game Management Team

Bi-Weekly Songs of the Week (Oct. 14, 2017)

Posted in Flash Flash Revolution on October 14th, 20175 Comments »

Along with this song release, there has been an important update with the following songs: DISCHARGE RUSH (9/30/16) through Spear of Justice (9/30/17) have been shifted to be 2 frames earlier, which should resolve the -2 offset problem that players may have been experiencing. If not, please mention it in the song release thread.

Miss Jackson
Musician: Panic! At The Disco
Step Artist: Xiz
Song Genre: Rock
Style: Alternative
Difficulty: 34
Song Length: 2:15

Your Lies
Musician: Lone Ghost
Step Artist: Kraezymann
Song Genre: Misc
Style: Breakbeat
Difficulty: 48
Song Length: 3:47

- The Game Management Team