Top Radio Requests for January and February

I apologize for missing the standard news posting last month, it's been a busy month and free time has been hard to come by. I will however, make up for it with this super double mega post!? with both January and February's details.

But before I get to that, some of you may have noticed recently we have gained a surge of new listeners. This is thanks to a post wandering around Tumblr which has had over 80,000 likes and shares as of the time of this post! The radio has hit new records, reaching 633 concurrent listeners and over 1.5 million songs streamed in February. We welcome all of our new visitors, and hope they will bookmark the page and visit often! I have made some minor changes to adapt to the new traffic, but things seem to be running smoothly.

Oh, the new song voting system has been in full swing for two months now, and we love seeing everyone's feedback on which songs they enjoy. So far two songs have reached level 5 already! I hope to have a statistics page available soon with all the details on top XP and song levels, etc.

Our top song requests for January 2015:
1. Alan Wake - The Poet and the Muse
2. Bastion - Build That Wall
3. Alundra - The Village of Inoa
4. Bastion - Setting Sail, Coming Home
5. Final Fantasy X - Suteki Da Ne (Isn't It Wonderful?)
6. Portal - Still Alive
7. Final Fantasy VIII - The Stage is Set
8. Mega Man 2 - Dr. Wily's Castle
9. Final Fantasy VII - One Winged Angel
10. Legend of Dragoon - If You Still Believe
11. Xenoblade Chronicles - Colony 9 (Night)
12. Chrono Trigger - Wind Scene
13. Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Dragonborn
14. Final Fantasy VIII - Balamb Garden
15. Portal 2 - Want You Gone
16. Terraria - Frost Moon
17. Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater - Snake Eater
18. Final Fantasy VIII - The Man With The Machine Gun
19. Super Mario 64 - Dire, Dire Docks
20. Final Fantasy X - At Zanarkand
21. Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword - Ballad of the Goddess
22. Final Fantasy X - Seymour Battle
23. Final Fantasy VIII - Force Your Way
24. Final Fantasy X - Besaid Island
25. Chrono Trigger '99 - Frog's Theme (Arranged)

...and for February 2015:
1. Final Fantasy VI - Ending Theme
2. Alan Wake - The Poet and the Muse
3. Chrono Cross - The Scars of Time
4. Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Dragonborn
5. Portal - Still Alive
6. Portal 2 - Want You Gone
7. Bastion - Build That Wall
8. Sonic Adventure 2 - Escape From The City
9. Cave Story - Cave Story Theme
10. Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater - Snake Eater
11. Mega Man 2 - Dr. Wily's Castle
12. Final Fantasy VIII - The Man With The Machine Gun
13. Final Fantasy VII - One Winged Angel
14. Chrono Trigger '99 - Frog's Theme (Arranged)
15. Castlevania 2: Simon's Quest - Bloody Tears
16. Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time - Gerudo Valley
17. Pokémon Red & Blue - Lavender Town
18. Katamari Damacy - Lonely Rolling Star
19. Diablo II - The Deckard Cain Rap
20. The Black Mages - Those Who Fight Further (Final Fantasy VII)
21. Sonic Adventure 2 - Live & Learn
22. Metal Gear Solid - Metal Gear Solid Main Theme
23. Banjo-Kazooie - Click Clock Wood
24. 007 Tomorrow Never Dies - James Bond Theme
25. Plants vs. Zombies - Zombies On Your Lawn

The Poet and the Muse falls from number one after 6 months holding the position! Of all the songs to take its place, our longest song Final Fantasy VI - Ending Theme takes the top position. I always enjoying seeing the charts change, who will reign supreme in March?!

Posted in Site News by Locke Member on March 01st 2015 at 11:35am 0 Comments

Happy New Year! New Radio Voting Panel and Modes

Happy New Year to all of our visitors! It's hard to believe that 2014 is already over. It was a good year for site activity and we made some steady progress in developing our radio system, adding new music, features and skins for everyone to enjoy! I'm sure 2015 will be no different. In fact, we have been quite busy the past few weeks testing and tweaking some new surprises to celebrate the new year with a bang!

First off, our radio page has a fancy new panel below the main radio window. This new panel allows you to change your radio skins, it also allows you to vote on your favourite songs (which help them level up!) We hope this will be a fun new feature, which we are still actively developing and tweaking. I look forward to seeing which songs are most liked and disliked!

The other big new addition is the mode selection box, which allows you to listen to the radio with the default Flash player mode, but also adds two new modes: HTML5 and Icecast. The HTML5 player allows devices that can't run Flash such as iPads and cell phones the ability to listen to the radio without any additional apps or downloads. The HTML5 mode should work on any newer web browsers that support HTML5 audio with mp3 playback. The Icecast mode does not play any music on the page, but rather is intended for using the radio page functions while listening with your favourite music player via our Icecast streaming server. This way you can still view recent songs, cast votes and request upcoming tracks without having to mute or block the inline players. Both of these new modes have been tested for the past few weeks, but if you spot any problems please drop by the chatroom and give us a heads up so we can fix any issues!

We hope you will enjoy these new surprises, and we welcome your feedback! Please feel free to drop by the chatroom, forums or leave a comment and let us know what you think!

Almost forgot! Here are the Top 25 requested songs for December, 2014:

1. Alan Wake - The Poet and the Muse
2. Mega Man 2 - Dr. Wily's Castle
3. Portal - Still Alive
4. Diablo II - The Deckard Cain Rap
5. Chrono Cross - The Scars of Time
6. Bastion - Setting Sail, Coming Home
7. Sonic Adventure 2 - Escape From The City
8. Portal 2 - Want You Gone
9. Castlevania 2: Simon's Quest - Bloody Tears
10. Alundra - The Village of Inoa
11. Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Dragonborn
12. Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater - Snake Eater
13. Sonic Adventure 2 - Live & Learn
14. Pokémon Black & White - Battle! Gym Leader
15. Assassin's Creed II - Ezio's Family
16. Bastion - Build That Wall
17. Final Fantasy IX - You're Not Alone
18. Mass Effect 2 - Suicide Mission
19. Xenogears - Stars of Tears
20. Donkey Kong Country - Fear Factory
21. Pokémon Black & White - Battle! Team Plasma
22. Final Fantasy VII - One Winged Angel
23. Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess - Midna's Theme (Orchestral)
24. Halo 2 - Halo Theme Mjolnir Mix
25. Final Fantasy V - Battle With Gilgamesh

Posted in Site News by Locke Member on January 01st 2015 at 1:12am 0 Comments

Happy Holidays from RPGN - November Radio Updates

We've almost reached the end of 2014, but still one last month of goodness left. Our site look has been updated to celebrate the holidays. If you watch closely you may even spot a few surprises!

Radio updates and progress continue, although you may not have noticed many changes as we've been focusing on some back-end updates and optimization, such as improvements to our flash radio player, removing some old unused elements and improving the error handling.

Our newest animated skin has appeared, themed after a Final Fantasy IV battle. Pygmyowl went all-out this time, it's my favourite one yet! Song additions have been slow, but we are continuing to progress through the request list as time allows. Keep the suggestions coming, your feedback is always welcomed!

Happy holidays to all of our listeners. Please consider spreading the word about RPGN Radio to your friends, we would love to see that listener counter grow!

Finally, here are the top 25 requests for November:

1. Alan Wake - The Poet and the Muse
2. Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Dragonborn
3. Bastion - Build That Wall
4. Bastion - Setting Sail, Coming Home
5. Xenosaga Episode I - Kokoro
6. Final Fantasy IX - You're Not Alone
7. Castlevania 2: Simon's Quest - Bloody Tears
8. The Curse of Monkey Island - A Pirate I Was Meant To Be
9. Portal - Still Alive
10. Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater - Snake Eater
11. Sonic Adventure 2 - Escape From The City
12. Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time - Gerudo Valley
13. Assassin's Creed II - Ezio's Family
14. Command & Conquer: Red Alert - Hell March
15. Diablo II - The Deckard Cain Rap
16. Katamari Damacy - Katamari on the Rock (Main Theme)
17. Chrono Cross - The Scars of Time
18. Sonic Adventure 2 - Live & Learn
19. Borderlands 2: Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep - Flamerock Refuge
20. Final Fantasy VIII - Liberi Fatali
21. Final Fantasy XIII - Blinded By Light
22. Genso Suikoden III - Transcending Love
23. Chrono Trigger '99 - Frog's Theme (Arranged)
24. Top Gear - Las Vegas
25. Portal 2 - Want You Gone

Posted in Site News by Locke Member on December 01st 2014 at 5:39pm 1 Comment

Top Radio Songs for October, New Skins and Songs

With winter fast approaching, we continue to work on improving the radio functionality and features. We've been busy adding some new tunes from our pile of user suggestions, with new entries from Gunpoint, Castlevania, Persona 4, Evil Genius, Crysis 2, Blaster Master, Terraria, and Jets'n'Guns in October. Our music database has now surpassed 2,500 songs available with a huge selection of music still to come!

Also seeing some solid improvements this month is the selection and functionality of the radio skins. Thanks to Pygmyowl we now have some very unique skins available, with more on the way! Be sure to check out some of the newer animated skins like World 1-1, Metal Gear?! and Super Metroid. There's also a nice RPGN based Terraria skin too.

Finally, here is our list of the Top 25 requested songs for October.

1. Alan Wake - The Poet and the Muse
2. Bastion - Setting Sail, Coming Home
3. Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Dragonborn
4. Final Fantasy XIII - Blinded By Light
5. Portal 2 - Want You Gone
6. Final Fantasy XIII - Saber's Edge
7. Portal - Still Alive
8. Bastion - Build That Wall
9. Persona 3 - The Battle for the Souls of Everyone
10. Silent Hill 3 - I Want Love (Studio Mix)
11. Final Fantasy XIII - Desperate Struggle
12. Lunar 2: Eternal Blue - Lucia's Theme
13. Sonic Adventure 2 - Escape From The City
14. Kingdom Hearts - Hikari (Kingdom Orchestra Instrumental Version)
15. Final Fantasy VIII - Waltz for the Moon
16. Katamari Damacy - Lonely Rolling Star
17. Command & Conquer: Red Alert - Hell March
18. Final Fantasy X - Normal Battle
19. Assassin's Creed II - Ezio's Family
20. Top Gear - Las Vegas
21. Final Fantasy IX - Melodies of Life (Layers of Harmony)
22. Lunar 2: Eternal Blue - Eternal Blue (Rondo - Light and Shadows)
23. Castlevania 2: Simon's Quest - Bloody Tears
24. Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time - Gerudo Valley
25. Sonic Adventure 2 - Live & Learn

Lots more to come, so be sure to bookmark us and thanks for tuning in. See you next update!

Posted in Site News by Locke Member on November 03rd 2014 at 6:07am 0 Comments

Top Radio Requests for September 2014

First, thanks to Pygmyowl for contributing our new Metal Gear skin for the radio. Have an idea for a skin design for your favourite game? Drop by the chatroom and we'll try to make it a reality.

Now on to the usual posting of the top 25 most requested radio songs for September. A very familiar list, seems our listeners like hearing the same tunes again and again! We have been working on adding some new songs to the database, hopefully some of the new tracks will be loved enough to compete for top positions too!

1. Alan Wake - The Poet and the Muse
2. Final Fantasy XIII - Saber's Edge
3. Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Dragonborn
4. Final Fantasy XIII - Blinded By Light
5. Portal - Still Alive
6. Bastion - Build That Wall
7. Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time - Gerudo Valley
8. Kingdom Hearts - Hikari (Kingdom Orchestra Instrumental Version)
9. Portal 2 - Want You Gone
10. Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater - Snake Eater
11. Bastion - Setting Sail, Coming Home
12. Silent Hill 3 - I Want Love (Studio Mix)
13. Final Fantasy XIII - Desperate Struggle
14. Persona 3 - The Battle for the Souls of Everyone
15. Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance - It Has To Be This Way (Platinum Mix)
16. Final Fantasy X - Normal Battle
17. Final Fantasy X - Enemy Attack
18. Final Fantasy IX - Melodies of Life (Layers of Harmony)
19. Halo - Halo
20. Assassin's Creed II - Ezio's Family
21. Final Fantasy X - Assault
22. Legend of Dragoon - If You Still Believe
23. Halo 2 - Halo Theme Mjolnir Mix
24. Katamari Damacy - Katamari on the Rock (Main Theme)
25. Metal Gear Solid - Metal Gear Solid Main Theme

Posted in Site News by Locke Member on October 01st 2014 at 2:36pm 2 Comments

Top Radio Requests in August, Fundraiser Progress

It's hard to believe summer is over already! I'm here for another monthly update with our top songs for August. The site has been slow for updates this month as I have been quite busy, but I hope to get some updates and progress done soon. We continue to see regular visitors to the radio station, love seeing the music and website being enjoyed! We streamed just under 800,000 songs in August alone, and have passed the 4 million mark overall. Hooray!

Also In August we began our fundraising campaign. I thank those generous users who sent in their donations! We've managed to raise about 25% of our yearly goal in August alone. The support is greatly appreciated and the funds will go directly to covering server fees for the radio and website. If you still wish to help, you can access the donation page by clicking the red piggy bank icon on the menu.

Now, I present the list for the top 25 songs for August:

1. Alan Wake - The Poet and the Muse
2. Final Fantasy XIII - Blinded By Light
3. Portal - Still Alive
4. Final Fantasy XIII - Saber's Edge
5. Bastion - Build That Wall
6. Portal 2 - Want You Gone
7. Mega Man 2 - Dr. Wily's Castle
8. Katamari Damacy - Lonely Rolling Star
9. Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Dragonborn
10. Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time - Gerudo Valley
11. Final Fantasy VIII - Waltz for the Moon
12. Final Fantasy XIII - Desperate Struggle
13. Final Fantasy X - Normal Battle
14. Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater - Snake Eater
15. Final Fantasy IX - Melodies of Life (Layers of Harmony)
16. Kingdom Hearts - Hikari (Kingdom Orchestra Instrumental Version)
17. Katamari Damacy - Katamari on the Rock (Main Theme)
18. Command & Conquer: Red Alert - Hell March
19. Bastion - Setting Sail, Coming Home
20. Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest - Stickerbrush Symphony
21. The Curse of Monkey Island - A Pirate I Was Meant To Be
22. Super Mario 64 - Dire, Dire Docks
23. Cave Story - Cave Story Theme
24. Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker - Dragon Roost Island
25. Silent Hill 3 - I Want Love (Studio Mix)

Posted in Site News by Locke Member on September 01st 2014 at 11:34pm 0 Comments

Website Fundraiser and July's Top Requests

Summer is half over already, where did the time go! On the upside, our new website and radio server seems very stable, now in its third month. I've spent a fair amount of time lately focusing on stability and improving the back-end of the site to ensure everything runs smoothly, and I'm confident that we're in good shape now. We also have some room to grow on this new box, with increased storage and bandwidth capacity.

New shiny servers of course mean an increase the upkeep costs of running the site, so I've decided to start a small site fundraiser to see if anyone would like to chip in a few dollars towards bandwidth and server fees. This is of course not required, and I will continue to maintain the site no matter if we get any contributions or not. So fear not, the RPGamers Network will live on forever! (mwhahaha...) Still, if you'd like to chip in, simply click the red piggy bank symbol over on the top right menu, or visit our donations page to find out more information.

Enough with that, on to the good stuff. Here are the top 25 most requested songs for July! Some familiar faces on the list, yet again...

1. Portal - Still Alive
2. Alan Wake - The Poet and the Muse
3. Bastion - Build That Wall
4. Legend of Dragoon - If You Still Believe
5. Portal 2 - Want You Gone
6. Final Fantasy XIII - Blinded By Light
7. Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater - Snake Eater
8. Bastion - Setting Sail, Coming Home
9. Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Dragonborn
10. Xenoblade Chronicles - Those Who Bear Their Name
11. Katamari Damacy - Katamari on the Rock (Main Theme)
12. Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest - Stickerbrush Symphony
13. Halo 2 - Halo Theme Mjolnir Mix
14. The Curse of Monkey Island - A Pirate I Was Meant To Be
15. Final Fantasy XIII - Saber's Edge
16. Final Fantasy VII - One Winged Angel
17. Final Fantasy VIII - Waltz for the Moon
18. Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time - Gerudo Valley
19. Cave Story - Cave Story Theme
20. Grandia - Town of Palm
21. Shenmue - Shenhua ~ Sedge Flower
22. Mega Man 2 - Dr. Wily's Castle
23. Castlevania 2: Simon's Quest - Bloody Tears
24. 007 Tomorrow Never Dies - James Bond Theme
25. Mario Kart 64 - Rainbow Road

Posted in Site News by Locke Member on August 01st 2014 at 3:51pm 0 Comments

Website Updates, June Radio Statistics

We are happily settled on our new server after a few days of moving everything over. This allows us to house the streaming radio and website all in one place, removing the past issues of connectivity and the stream being out of sync. Our new home also allows us to handle a higher traffic load and gives the site some room to breathe.

The trend continues, as again June was our busiest month yet. The boost in traffic was thanks to a special mention by Rooster Teeth over in their podcast, as well as a post on reddit and a few popular gaming feeds. The increase in traffic caused our old server some stress and showed us the need to adapt everything to a new home. We managed to get things stable fairly quickly though, and have made significant improvements to the website and server load, which will make handling sudden traffic spikes easier in the future. I was thrilled to see so many new visitors and radio suggestions coming in via the forums, email and chatroom! We have a huge to-do list to tackle for our music collection.

The site poll for June was in regards to some upcoming changes with the radio request system. I think the wording of the poll had some people slightly confused, but the overall results match what I had intended to do. Right now the system restricts requesting the last 50 songs that have been played. This usually averages to about one and half hours. Rather then making this a set number of songs, it will be time based. I'm going to start with a value of 4 hours, meaning that you will not hear the same song twice within a 4 hour period, allowing for more variety and less repeats. This does not mean you can only make one request every 4 hours, it simply means you can't request a song that was played within that time. I know many of you have favourites you like to request, but I think for the overall enjoyment of everyone we want to keep the music fresh and avoid songs repeating too often.

Finally, here are the top 25 most requested songs for the month of June. Some new contenders have appeared!

1. Bastion - Build That Wall
2. Portal - Still Alive
3. Sonic Adventure 2 - Escape From The City
4. Bastion - Setting Sail, Coming Home
5. Portal 2 - Want You Gone
6. Halo 2 - Halo Theme Mjolnir Mix
7. Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Dragonborn
8. Halo - Halo
9. Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater - Snake Eater
10. Alan Wake - The Poet and the Muse
11. Final Fantasy VII - One Winged Angel
12. 007 Tomorrow Never Dies - James Bond Theme
13. Mega Man 2 - Dr. Wily's Castle
14. Sonic Adventure 2 - Live & Learn
15. Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time - Gerudo Valley
16. Final Fantasy X - Sprouting
17. Assassin's Creed II - Ezio's Family
18. Legend of Dragoon - If You Still Believe
19. Final Fantasy X - At Zanarkand
20. Kingdom Hearts - Hikari (Kingdom Orchestra Instrumental Version)
21. Cave Story - Cave Story Theme
22. Castlevania 2: Simon's Quest - Bloody Tears
23. Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker - Dragon Roost Island
24. Banjo-Kazooie - Click Clock Wood
25. Kingdom Hearts II - The Other Promise

Posted in Site News by Locke Member on July 01st 2014 at 10:37pm 0 Comments

Scheduled Website Downtime for Saturday June 28th

I wanted to warn our users in advance that our website and radio streams will be unavailable for a period of time on Saturday as we will be finalizing the move to our new webserver. The new server offers us more power and flexibility for expanding services as well as allowing us to host all of the radio services in one place. Most of the downtime will just be waiting for the DNS records to resolve to their new location, as the new server is already up and operational.

This move should resolve many of the sync issues the radio streams have had in the past, as the streaming software will now be on the same box as the website and databases. We've also given the site a fresh coat of paint on the new server, removing some clutter from our layout and cleaning up the website scripts.

Although we don't anticipate a long period of downtime, depending on your Internet service provider it may take some time for your DNS records to resolve to our new location. I will be around all weekend to ensure the site move is as smooth as possible. Let's hope all goes well!

Posted in Site News by Locke Member on June 26th 2014 at 6:16am 1 Comment

RPGN Radio continues to shine in May

As per my previous two posts, the radio audience continues to expand. Thanks to everyone who helped us recently smash past 2 million streams! We have been getting a ton of new song requests from listeners via our chatroom, forums and email and are working on sorting through your requests. Please bear with us as this can be a lengthy process.

My main focus lately has been website optimization, as our new found visitors almost brought the server to its knees, with record numbers of visitors flowing in. I have made many changes in the background in the past week or so optimizing scripts and such to keep the site running smoothly. We will be making some changes to how the request system works in coming days, details will be released once it is finalized.

We have been compiling the top 25 most popular song requests as voted by you, the listeners! Keep requesting your favourite songs, and help them make our top charts in June! Here's the list of our most popular songs in May:

1. Portal - Still Alive
2. Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Dragonborn
3. Portal 2 - Want You Gone
4. Bastion - Build That Wall
5. Sonic Adventure 2 - Escape From The City
6. Halo 2 - Halo Theme Mjolnir Mix
7. 007 Tomorrow Never Dies - James Bond Theme
8. Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time - Gerudo Valley
9. Final Fantasy X - At Zanarkand
10. F-Zero - Big Blue
11. Halo - Halo
12. Sonic Adventure 2 - Live & Learn
13. Mario Kart 64 - Rainbow Road
14. Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Icarus (Main Theme)
15. Assassin's Creed II - Ezio's Family
16. Doom - At Doom's Gate
17. Mass Effect 3 - Leaving Earth
18. Castlevania 2: Simon's Quest - Bloody Tears
19. Donkey Kong Country - Gang-Plank Galleon
20. Pokémon Red & Blue - Pokemon Gym
21. Mega Man 2 - Dr. Wily's Castle
22. Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword - Zelda's Lullaby
23. Mass Effect 2 - Suicide Mission
24. Xenogears - Small Two of Pieces
25. Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest - Stickerbrush Symphony

Posted in Site News by Locke Member on June 01st 2014 at 3:55pm 0 Comments