...at the same time I feel like a lot of other people will (especially new people checking out this osu! thing) and that it will turn them off of osu!
Most "new people" checking out osu! will not visit the Feature Requests board instantly to post new requests, in my eyes. This would also, like subscription, not be forced nor advertised.
I already know a few people who stopped playing osu! over the subscription thing
Why would you even do this? I don't even see the logic behind it. To be honest, if someone stops playing a free game because they find out... it is actually free because some people choose to help keep it running (?) then I don't actually want them here in the first place due to their brains not seeming to be switched on.
I guess what I'm saying is that while I don't have a certain feeling that this is a bad idea, there are too many warning bells going off in my head for me to not say anything, if you understand what I'm trying to say.
I really don't.
Make sure the site and game and everything won't run on the income of this... I've been on a site that failed now because they were running on donations and such and went way over budget with plans, This is what i never wanna see to happen with osu!
Consider that osu! has been up to $3,000 in negative at the worst point in time which comes from my pocket, and I never even mentioned this until right now, I don't think you should have a concern for any kind of financial collapse. Leave the worrying to me unless I start telling you to worry
I highly disagree with this because teenagers could prioritize the wrong thing and use all of his/her money on osu! and spam everything.
A pattern like this would be obvious to stop before it got out of hand. That said, kids with access to amounts of money that would cause such a problem should not have access in the first place. ie. their parents should probably be showing more care.
I'm half-hearted about this, I still think that allowing people to sponsor something is commercialising the game and making the players with a great deal of money to spend 'those in control' and the rest of the community will go almost unheard.
See this is not the angle I'm coming from. If you missed awp's last post:
I don't understand what all the worry is over. People aren't going to throw money at a feature unless they genuinely think it's quality. This isn't just some selfish, freebie want (such as starring a map). It is literally an investment.
People will sponsor other people's features. There may even be a condition invoked that limits how much you can sponsor your own features, or something similar.
And remember this: I deny over 50% of features as being useless. If I don't see a feature benefitting the game and the community at a whole, it will not get consideration
. This is merely an effort to prioritise the features which WILL be affecting and benefitting everyone that plays osu!.
(No I am not trying to get you guys that are against this to change your mind, just presenting my rationale for putting forward the idea)
Also you can say all your want about commercialism, but if osu! is going to go any further than what it is now (which is definitely something I have interest in -- it would be stupid not to with a time investment of approaching 10,000hours on my part) having more funds available is clearly a benefit. Relying on donations is something I would never dream of, but it all helps in the scheme of things.