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Game Mode: Beat

About

History:

This mode was added in the 3.0 beta era, starting off life as a simple mode with no keysounds or even using the correct keys. The familiar 7K setup we know and love was added later in 2005.

The mode did not see much use and fell into having a broken notesloader around the summer of 2010, making it not work with older BMS files, or files with BME or BML extensions. Many files were misinterpreted or just did not load at all, and some were even seen as pomu songs when they were not. The overdue revamp of the loading system in 2021 fixed many of these bugs, allowing this mode to function and flourish once more. Even as of Project OutFox Alpha 4.10.0 work is ongoing.

Introduced:

5 Key (LW/LB/CW/RB/RW/Scratch):

First Seen:

  • StepMania v3.0 beta 6 - (BM-Single) (1 January 2003)
  • StepMania v3.0.2 - (BM-double) (28 October 2003)
  • sm-ssc v1.2.5 - (beat-versus5) (11 May 2011)

Replaced by:

  • StepMania v3.0 beta 6 - (single) (15 September 2002)

Replaced by:

  • StepMania v3.0.2 - (single5) (25 September 2004)
  • StepMania v3.0.2 - (double5) (25 September 2004)

Replaced by:

  • StepMania v4.0 CVS - (beat-single5) (7 October 2005)
  • StepMania v4.0 CVS - (beat-double) (7 October 2005)

Replaced by:

  • sm-ssc v1.2.5 - - (beat-double5) (7 October 2005)

7 Key (FLW/LB/LW/CB/RW/RB/FLW/Scratch):

First Seen:

  • StepMania v3.0 beta 6 - (BM-Single) (1 January 2003) (Non-Functional)
  • StepMania v3.0.2 - (BM-double7) (28 October 2003)
  • sm-ssc v1.2.5 - (beat-versus7) (11 May 2011)

Replaced by:

  • StepMania v3.0.2 - (BM-single7) (28 October 2003)

Replaced by:

  • StepMania v3.0.2 - (single7) (25 September 2004)
  • StepMania v3.0.2 - (double7) (25 September 2004)

Replaced by:

  • StepMania v4.0 CVS - (beat-single7) (7 October 2005)
  • StepMania v4.0 CVS - (beat-double7) (7 October 2005)

Replaced by:

  • StepMania v4.0 CVS - (beat-single7) (7 October 2005)
  • StepMania v4.0 CVS - (beat-double7) (7 October 2005)

IIDX 5 and 7 Key (FLW/LB/LW/CB/RW/RB/FLW/Scratch):

First Seen:

  • StepMania v3.0.2 - (single7) (13 February 2004)
  • StepMania v3.0.2 - (double7) (13 February 2004)
  • StepMania v3.0.2 - (single5) (13 February 2004)
  • StepMania v3.0.2 - (double5) (13 February 2004)
  • StepMania v3.0.2 - (single5 (edit)) (13 February 2004)
  • StepMania v3.0.2 - (double5 (edit)) (13 February 2004)

Removed:

  • StepMania v3.0.2 - (single7) (25 September 2004)
  • StepMania v3.0.2 - (double7) (25 September 2004)
  • StepMania v3.0.2 - (single5) (25 September 2004)
  • StepMania v3.0.2 - (double5) (25 September 2004)
  • StepMania v3.0.2 - (single5 (edit)) (25 September 2004)
  • StepMania v3.0.2 - (double5 (edit)) (25 September 2004)

This mode was merged back into the ‘bm’ mode due to a duplication of styles. The IIDX side of the simulator was barely used, so it made sense to move towards the BMS specification which was more common at the time, and this was also used for early dance based songs as well, (4 panel and 6 panel BMS files).

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