i tried writing helpful lyceum articles for all 3 formats but ended up being more confused than before.
the easiest thing would be to wait until puke is back online and just ask him about his thoughts, but maybe.... maybe i should start the war here and make it a public discussion. thats always a fun thing, right?
so, first of all: dont refer to the lyceum articles for the moment, they're a mess / outdated / confusing.
allgear is the simple one i guess. its "music" and thats it. use everything. do everything. youre good to go. can be chip, acoustic, daw, noone cares. for ohbs, everything that follows the rules is fine. as long as it is a piece of audio.
wildchip..... was the "fakebit" format.. at least until now. because now we have fakebit!! lets take a look at fakebit first, because its easier.
fakebit is "everything that sounds like chiptune", which is usually: simple waveforms or fm. its not limited to it, but most people usually say it "sounds like chiptune" as long as you can hear square waves in a track lol
you can still add samples and post processing, because noone cares as long as it has the "chippy sound". okay easy. dont submit real instruments only to this format or you die. its simple.
now.... wildchip -w-
wasnt wildchip the fakebit-format for years now..? it was used as one at least. if i had to draw a line between fakebit and wildchip, i'd say the difference is that wildchip needs to make use of an actual soundchip somewhere. its a chip gone wild. its not 100% fake. does this make sense? put your favorite soundchip in a new environment, combine your favorite chips, multiply soundchips (2x2A03, 3xSID, 4xSN7, 56xChannelF....) or add guitar and vocals on top of your zxbeeper track. maybe use it for a chip that doesnt have its own format on here... probably this stuff....?
u can still do this for fakebit, but fakebit is less restrictive in the stuff u can do.
so my point is: if you're creating a chiptune completely in a DAW and there's no bit played back on a real soundchip, its fakebit and u cant submit it to wildchip.
but thats just my own guess and personal opinion.
i just dont like the idea of saying "wildchip and fakebit are the same" because that defeats the purpose of having 2 different formats imo.
in terms of restrictions, it feels like its the following:
wildchip < fakebit < allgear
with allgear having almost no limitations.
well that needs to be discussed imo, soooo: DISCUSS!