This is mainly because of university and having to do a crap load of work... RL stuff just took over recently and I don't see myself coming back to becoming a pro osu player or anything.
I'm the kind of person that tends to focus on one thing intensely and will sometimes set aside everything else to achieve my goals. This meant I had to stop playing osu to have any chance of passing uni and getting a degree. And it was worth it!
My initial intention was to come back to playing osu! competitively after finishing uni and see how much I could improve at it over the summer. However, life didn't end up like that, and I've found myself finding a job, which will obviously take up most of my time (doing web/app development btw).
Just to make things clear, I am not going away forever. I will still be logging in to the game from time to time, and fixing bugs/maybe adding new content to this website.
But this post isn't just about my life now, but rather my thoughts on osu! and the positive experiences I've had in the game.
I also never really write blogs so I thought I'd give it a try, and I feel like I actually have something to write about!
So how did I end up getting into osu? Well, before I played osu I had played a ton of competitive games, mainly Starcraft 2 and League of Legends. I first found out about osu when I was introduced to it by a friend (Raiku), and after watching him play I thought that the skill required to play the game was just pretty insane. The fact that he was also a top 300 global player at the time (with mouse btw!) may have also had some impact on this too.
When I was starting off as a new player, I regarded osu as a fun little time waster to play inbetween queuing up in League. It was only when I started playing multis that I actually started really getting into the game.
For me, multiplayer mode and the community is what makes osu shine as a game. After all, the game is about clicking circles, which can only provide so much content. So it's the community that actually makes it worth playing. You can jump into a multiplayer game, even as a brand new player, and start chatting away with fellow players about anything in between songs (mostly about anime though :P). It's a great stress-reliever as well.
After playing for a few months and getting into the top ~20k, while consistently beating people half my rank in most of the multi lobbies that I joined, I realised that I was decent at the game. Not saying I'm very talented or anything because that's not the case - I put a lot of work into it, and I knew how to rank up without many issues.
What kinda what got me addicted to the game is the ranking system, because it gives you a sense that you're improving at something and you get this big number in front of your name whenever you are in song select.
Yes, I played the game mainly for ranks. It's just what I enjoyed from the game, and I know it's not for everyone. The game has more to offer than just a ranking system though:
You can always find things to criticise in any game, and that's not really the focus of this blog. If I was going to mention a couple of things that top players find bad about the game, it would be the imbalance of PP given from ranked maps, forcing you to play a certain style of maps to gain ranks. Even as a PP player, I can see how it does negatively affect the game in the top-end of the rankings.
Another possible complaint could be the lack of new game features (although this will surely change when osu lazer gets released - kind of like osu 2.0) and the lack of a mature player base (As someone in their mid 20s, I am at the upper end of the age scale of people that play osu).
Another thing that I think the game really needs is more sponsored tournaments. If there was a more thriving tournament community (instead of just a couple of tournaments with prize pools a year), it would inspire top players to practise harder and bring in a massive influx of new players as well.
I don't have anything against the game. I believe the time I spent on it was not a waste, it was an interesting experience where I got to learn a lot about myself, and helped me realise the value of hard work, as well as meeting people through the game. The main reason is that I have found something I like even more in life now - web development, something which I actually get paid to do and enjoy. My time playing osu will definitely be remembered as a positive thing in my life!
On a final note, I will most probably be coming back to the game some time and I want to give something back to the community to help it grow. This may involve hosting tournament(s) with prize money funded by myself! :)