i kinda wanna split these into multiple lists for better organization. some of these i know will kinda be obvious but i'd still advocate for them just because i know a lot of people would be asking for them.
the popular choices
- allgear, wildchip, visuall, remix, fakebit(?)
bitpack: honestly idfk aside from remix. these formats are tough for making specific bitpacks for, ngl
the more general formats, in a sense. i'd prolly just limit it to one of these and keep it at that but it's your major to decide.
- draw, pixel
bitpack: you find a snowman on the side of the road...what doth it do?
more or less the "chic drawing formats". i'd personally go more with pixel, if only because there's a stronger pixel art presence on botb than traditional art has. at least, i notice more pixel artists than regular artists here.
returning to the ring
bitpack: make some pentatonic punk! nice lil contrast from last year's theme
really been meaning to do more zxbeep shit, perfect time to do so too. zx spectrum really evolved into being one of my favorite systems to make music for, especially after discovering 1tracker. dunno how likely it'd be for you to put it in but we'll see
bitpack: government website on a fictional department of spreading and maintaining holiday cheer.
it's advent calendar. either this gets in or i eat my fuckin pinecones.
bitpack: you see them beyond the pier...the glaciers have returned. their ominous arrival sends chills down your spine as they encroach upon the shoreline.
sms is a prime winter chiptune format, hands down. it's simple 4-channel design and unique quirks alone are gonna give people a ton of ideas i'd imagine.
bitpack: idk, last year's???
this is purely a dream scenario, ngl; doom was so wild last year, i kinda just wanna have a repeat of it. if not that, probably boom then?
bitpack: santa stays up too late after delivering presents. he is currently doing something whilst listening to his aym beats
i know for a FACT opm would be down for aym, he loves this format to death. can't blame him! it's a really fun format, tho i'd have to regain my footing on it.
the personal wish list
bitpack: ice fishing time!
i kinda want this rather than nsf plain again out of intrigue of what people would make with this. nsfc i'd imagine would be pretty similar, just take out sample capabilities. nsf+ on the other hand, i have no clue what to expect...there are a SHIT TON of expansions out there so the variety would be wide for sure. if it were nsf+, idk whether limiting it to one or two expansions or just opening the flood gates would be the better option. either way, both would be very interesting to see
bitpack: comic time, make a comic about the holidays
2021 got me fucking addicted to this format, you bet i'm gonna vouch for it for this advent calendar. i've been entering ansi majors mainly for two reasons: 1) i really enjoy whittling away at ansi entries in general, it's a really fun pasttime of mine, and 2) i wanna use ansi as a platform to help myself improve as an artist. it's why i do kixels and ascii, as well: they're all good ways to limit yourself and train your artistic skills. just so happens that ansi is my favorite way of doing that!
bitpack: you've been so middle of the road that santa doesn't even know what to do with you! are you naughty?! are you nice!?!?!?! ...tell you what. let's play a game for your placement.
as fun as sapx2 is, there's a respect in me for the og that will never die. dunno if that makes me crazy or foolish but i know i'm gonna be repping it for this advent calendar over its stereo counterpart, tho i'd also take sapx2 if necessary.
- sample > remix
bitpack: made by the botbrs
i feel like it's a bit of a crime that a big majority of all botbrs here haven't experienced anything remotely close to the 25 samples 48 hours format of the detroit and ann arbor series. let's have advent calendar rectify that this year, if only because i wanna see what botb has to submit as samples nowadays.
bitpack: the first few rhymes of that one christmas story everyone knows. y'know, where santa commits burglary to leave presents for a family
i'm kinda mad ntrq is as neglected as it is honestly? like god damn, native nes tracker that gets its own format (only real native tracker to get that distinction ngl) and it gets barely used. we need to rectify this PRONTO or else the format is gonna die!!!
...and that's about it for now. it's 2 am so i'm gonna drop for now and come up with more formats for tomorrow/monday if i don't have the time.