here's my two cents as someone who only joined here very recently:
- I make my music in FL Studio so I see 'fakebit' and immediately think "this is something I can make", but 'wildchip' on the other hand feels like something I could not in good conscience submit for, since nothing about what I'm making is made to be played back on real soundchips/hardware, even if I'm using samples from them, so to me, the distinction is valuable, given the current rules for each
- however, it sounds like the real problem is that 'wildchip' is by its nature very vague, and indistinguishable to the ear from 'fakebit' due to allowing for added processing/effects chains unable to be replicated on soundchips, which can ultimately sound just like using game samples only
- so while I think there should be a category (besides allgear) that allows for "chip sounding but not 'authentic' (i.e. made specifically for a soundchip)", the possibility exists of merging the two but with a different distinction/ruleset. it is perhaps strange to have the "inbetween" of wildchip given the new presence of fakebit, but of course, it is by far the older, more established format...
- no matter what though I think it's valuable to have a category for chip type music that isn't meant for actual soundchips, you allow in a whole new group of composers and producers this way, myself included (obviously this is of some personal importance to me--it's part of why I joined!). imo allgear doesn't really count since you *could* but do not *have to* make chippy music for that at all.