What Is the ‘Friday Night time Funkin’ Development on Tiktok?
For the past couple of years Tick tock has adorned pop culture with a steady stream of trends, dance routines, and interesting transitions that preoccupied our time when we have nothing better to do. Anything on TikTok can go viral if done in an interesting way. Even a video game. No, scratch that … especially a video game.
Right now, Nintendo’s Super Mario Brothers is the most popular sound sampling game on TikTok, but it seems app users have found a new game to hold onto. Also, the game might have a slight advantage over Super Mario Bros as it includes elements that young TikTokers love: a library of dope songs, wild-looking characters that inspire cosplay, and an exciting battle format like Street Fighter. Get ready for the TikTok Friday Night Funkin ‘trend!
How did the ‘Friday Night Funkin’ trend come about?
The trend itself is based on the rhythmic battle rap video game called Friday Night Funkin ‘, which premiered in 2020 on the entertainment website Newgrounds and the web-based interface GitHub. For those unfamiliar with these two platforms and the game itself, let’s make it a quick rundown.
Newgrounds is an entertainment website and company founded by Tom Faulp in 1995 to host user-generated content such as games, movies, audio, and compositional. It’s a community where users can instantly publish and share their original animation, games, artwork, or music. In a way, it can be thought of as a more complex YouTube meant for digital creators, animators, and developers to share their wares, so to speak.
It also offers a visitor-driven voting and ranking system of its user-generated submissions, which enables creators to build a following similar to any other social media platform like Instagram or TikTok.
GitHub is a version control and collaboration code hosting platform that basically allows people to collaborate on projects from anywhere. The “Git” comes from the fact that the web-based interface uses open source version control software of the same name so that these people can make separate changes to the web pages at the same time, enabling real-time collaboration. when creating and editing content.
Aside from the history lesson, we come to the game.
What is the Friday Night Funkin ‘game?
Friday Night Funkin ‘started out as an open source donationware rhythm game developed by a team of Newgrounds users during a game jam – an event where attendees try to create a video game from scratch.
After Newgrounds users Cameron “Ninjamuffin99” Taylor, David “PhantomArcade” Brown, Isaac “Kawai Sprite” Garcia and the unknown “evilsk8r” had come together, the four of them created a game that not only takes elements from the Newgrounds story, it also attracts new users to the Newgrounds website.
Friday Night Funkin ‘includes a list, generally made up of external media characters on the Newgrounds site, centered around the gamer character Boyfriend, who must defeat a variety of characters in singing and rapping competitions in order to meet his love interest Girlfriend. In gameplay, the battle revolves around mimicking the opponent’s notes with timed inputs while avoiding running out of health for the duration of the song.
Essentially, the characters don’t use vocals, they just accidentally “beep” and “boop” in a rhythmic pattern while trying to outdo the others – reminiscent of games like PaRappa the Rapper and Dance Revolution.
Initially, the demo only contained a handful of songs when it premiered in 2020. Since then, it has been regularly updated with additional menus, options, and dozen of new tunes via Newgrounds and Github. Six updates have been released by April 2021, each with new levels.
Over the past two years, interest in the game has grown exponentially, with rapid growth and notoriety on Newgrounds after it garnered significant attention on other platforms such as YouTube and Twitch.
And now the popular game has made its way to TikTok, where users are paying tribute in a way that is exploding on the social media app.
What is Friday Night Funkin ‘doing on TikTok?
Lately, TikTokers have been using the battle-themed melodies and the various characters from Friday Night Funkin to post comedy montages, reaction videos, skits, cosplays, and transitions to pay homage to the underground game.
The trend has also inspired other animators to create their own video game-themed shorts in which FNF characters interact with other recognizable characters from popular shows using some of the game’s most infectious tracks.
Thanks to the popularity of TikTok, more fans have started playing the game, which has led to many requests for a full version. After the game’s week 7 update was released on Newgrounds, the site crashed and was unavailable for several days due to an overwhelming increase in traffic. In early 2021, Ninjamuffin99 asked gaming giant Nintendo to support Friday Night Funkin ‘on Nintendo Switch. Unfortunately, it was rejected because the game was incomplete.
Since then, Ninjamuffin99 and the rest of the developers have launched a Kickstarter in hopes of turning Friday Night Funkin ‘into a real game they tentatively call “Friday Night Funkin’: The Full Ass Game”. Ultimately, the Kickstarter raised an impressive $ 2 million and thanks to its success, the developers are currently focused on developing the full game.