Friday Night Funkin'
|Video game fandom|
|Name||Friday Night Funkin'|
|Developer(s)||ninjamuffin99 (Cameron Taylor) (programmer, lead)|
Kawai Sprite (composer)
|Release date||5 October 2020|
|Platform(s)||Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux|
|External link(s)||Official Newgrounds upload|
Official Itch.io upload
|Related articles on Fanlore.|
Friday Night Funkin' is a 2020 rhythm game created by an indie team of developers, originally for the game jam Ludum Dare 47. Created as a homage to Newgrounds, the art style and humor of the game emulates 2000s Flash animations, with additional inspiration art style inspired by graffiti street art. The gameplay is similar to Dance Dance Revolution and other 4-key rhythm games. However, instead of dancing, the player sings alongs with various opponents, similar to Parappa the Rapper and Gitaroo Man. The story of the game follows Boyfriend and Girlfriend facing opponents, the former engaging in rap battles against these opponents for various reasons.
The game stars college drop-out Boyfriend who is trying to woo a demon named Girlfriend through rap battles. However, Girlfriend's parents—Daddy Dearest and Mommy Mearest—do not want their daughter to date Boyfriend, trying to ruin their chances of dating via extremely violent means.
Analysis, Headcanons, and Theories
Due to the fact that Friday Night Funkin' is open source, and the source code for the game is distributed under an open license (Apache 2.0), there is a large modding scene for the game. Mods range in content and goals, from cosmetic mods, to fanmade weeks, to total conversions, and more. However, most mods are not built off the original code for the game; instead, they use mod engines that add new capabilities to Friday Night Funkin'. Many mods have been given shoutouts by the devs on Twitter.
Week 7 Newgrounds crash
On April 18, 2021, the then-latest week was posted exclusively on Newgrounds. Newgrounds crashed shortly afterwards due to traffic overload. This was compounded by the fact that Week 7 was only posted to Newgrounds, and the update was not pushed to Itch.io builds, leaving Newgrounds as the only platform to play the update. After Newgrounds was brought back online, the Friday Night Funkin' page on Newgrounds was disabled for three days to allow time to set up additional infastructure.
Due to both fandoms causing Newgrounds to crash, some Homestuck fans drew comparsions between the release of Week 7 and the [S] Cascade release.
i'm so proud that the younger fandoms are speedrunning these milestones
One of the most popular het relationship is the canon ship Boyfriend/Girlfriend, while the most popular slash paring is Boyfriend/Pico, who are exes in canon. Some works have the three of them in a poly relationship.
Meta and Further Reading
Communtities & Blogs
Archives & Fannish Links
- Friday Night Funkin' Wiki - Fan wiki for the base game
- Funkipedia Mods - Fan wiki for Friday Night Funkin' mods
- Friday Night Funkin' (Video Game) tag on Archive of Our Own
- Friday Night Funkin' page on GameBanana
- Friday Night Funkin' page on TV Tropes
- Friday Night Funkin' page on Wikipedia
- Category:Friday Night Funkin'
- Category:Friday Night Funkin' Mods
- FanloreProject:Friday Night Funkin'
- FNF: vs. Hatsune Miku v2. FNF Mod.