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Endaris wrote:

Well.
The problem with a career mode is the same as with pp: You can't find a one-size-fit-all solution.
Also, while it is true that many players play for pp, there are also many players with a less competitive mindset that are simply not as eye-catching as they won't really make an appearance in terms of "how can I improve the fastest in this game?"
Personally I'm a player that has a very off-meta skillset although pp and competition was always a partially driving factor for me.

Last but not least, if you look for these things you will already find things that have a similar design, be it Pokebis' Beginner Training (which is still a good starting point in spite of the old fashioned maps in it), RaneFire's lists, Akali's Jump Training practice (have the bookmark on my other PC), my own guide on building up a diverse skillset or this crazy guide by Korilak on stepping beyond the average. Not to mention the other stickies in Gameplay & Rankings and generally massive piles of thoughts on playstyles and philosophy although scattered.

There are dozens of reasons to play osu! and accordingly the motivation of players differs - I don't even want to start on different tastes of music which is a massive factor regarding what you will be motivated to play. It is for me at least: The fact that I'm really into low bpm and upbeat songs didn't occur to me that much before getting into osu! but whenever I'm listening to song somewhere and I think "wow, this is so cool, I could try to map this" it ends up in that nice range of effectively 120-160bpm. Guess what I'm best at compared to other players of my rank.
As such I think a career mode might be difficult to implement to everyone's happiness and pp at least leaves you the freedom of song choice.
Fair points. You are correct, appealing to everyone with this system would be impossible, no one would ever be happy with the map/mod selection but I don't think that should stop us from trying when there are so many benefits to having something like this in place.

I appreciate that there are resources available but you're assuming that new players will even look for them and if they do, that they'd even known where to look. I, like many others, at one point went searching for guides on how to improve at osu! and I haven't seen any of those links before (Though I'll be bookmarking them and forwarding them to new players in the future). Downloading and running the osu! client as a player completely new to the game you treat it as any other game, the community-driven aspects to this game are somewhat unique and intuitive, especially with a game that seems inherently single-player. By the time players would seek out these resources, many of them have already quit and for some of them it's just too little, too late. Bad habits form quickly and we should do something about that before, not treat the problem after.

While such resources as the ones you linked are useful, they still don't address all of the points I put across. The new-player experience in this game is awful and volatile. The reddit version of this post had a lot of people who have quit the game saying this likely would've kept them going to a point where they're proficient enough to make their own way from that point onwards. There is no standardisation of the new-player experience and there needs to be if osu! is to keep growing. Player retention in rhythm games is always shaky and throwing new players into the deep end with very little direction isn't helping.

There are a lot of motivations to play osu!, it's true. But for those looking for quantifiable, observable personal progress as many do with such a skill-oriented game the easy target is PP and you can see the result of that everywhere.

This isn't a perfect solution, but these are problems that need to be addressed somehow. Once they are we could see the active users skyrocket, especially if something like this is implemented with the release of osu!Lazer. The new client is bound to attract a lot of new players, but most of them won't stay for long unless we do something about it.
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I wouldn't go as far as calling the bundled Easy diffiiculties bad though.
And you won't be able to stop new players from looking for unranked maps of their favorite song and getting served some trash.
I tend to agree with you that in many cases Easy and Normal diffs nowadays aren't as good as they should be but the amount of Easy diffs that is in fact bad enough to be noticed by new players is still extremely low. Personally I played hundreds of Easy and Normal diffs, many of them multiple times and I had in no way the experience that they sucked and that I was lost or anything. Every map was a new challenge and I took them on. Either you got the mindset or not - eventually you will tire out even with a career mode. Getting good at osu! is a massive time investment, even more so if you get in touch with the community on top of it.

You say the community interaction is strong and unique and although I agree with you on this, it is also exactly the thing that pushes people into the arms of Tillerino.
People get to know about it from mouth-to-mouth conversation in #multiplayer or #osu, from YT and livestreams. It is ultimately what most people joining care about the most as they get to know osu! from that famous livestreamer's reaction video to some Cookiezi 800pp replay or wherever.
Admittedly, ppv2 is a different topic and it has been pointed out in various discussions that despite its upsides it also carries some terrifying downsides to the long-term development of the game's content and its community with it.

Last but not least: Is osu! desperate to grow its playerbase?
Judging from the numbers on the "Online users for past 24h" probably not as it indicates there are at least 50k people playing osu! on a sort of regular basis.
If you can't be arsed to look, there's a link to osu!academy right on the download page.
If the community is really the most valuable thing in this game (and I think it is) osu! should give more incentives to get in touch with the community. A career mode does not achieve that - rather the opposite if you ask me as it feeds on the method of no-brain playing and not paying attention to anything around.
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Great idea, 100% support. My only real issue is that I hate the idea of hard locking maps behind a progression wall. The maps should always be playable and they should get ticked off as you pass them.

Some things to consider though. We need someone to make a map progression list. There's no point implementing this if there's no established, tested progression list. Creating the list can be done by literally anyone(s), so if anyone reads this thread and truly wants this to be a thing, get a group of people together and start listing maps. If someone makes a good list I'm sure it'd get implemented after the new client is released.
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This is really a great idea. When you write it this way, it feels like this mode should've been included in the game in the first place (I know, it wouldn't have, but this is really good). Really, with the only motivation being PP farming is not healthy at all. I remembered being a new player, the first thing I did (after playing the 1 or 2 included maps) was to find my favorite songs, which mostly aren't ranked, and play them. Those maps are most likely a crappy/unfinished map and I just failed the songs miserably. I quit the game pretty soon after. It's until one of my friends started playing the game and I follow suit and went back to osu. If it's wasn't that one friend I would never come back to osu and enjoy the game like I do now.

Also, a small fraction of the maps included in the career mode could also be switched monthly. As you said that should really motivate the mappers, since there's always a chance to have your maps featured.
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Of course some mapsets are trying to do this and of course it won't make every new player an osu! addict.

But here we're trying to take the perspective of newer players, who I am sure would be more content with some guidelines, well designed maps, a course to follow, without having to do research for maps on forums etc..

This is not a "big thing" as I'm sure it won't ever replace the full leaderboard system with performance points, and the grind. That's not the goal, it doesn't even touch it. But it would be a really nice addition to the game as a lot of people really do enjoy a Career mode in solo, where you unlock things and all. I'm also sure newer players who have no idea of what kind of patterns exist, how to train, etc, would be happy to have this all set up in a menu of the game.

Now for a possibilitiy of integration I would find great

In osu!lazer there is this wonderful feature, custom gamemodes, that anyone can quite mess around as far as I know. I dont' know what are its limitations but maybe, this would be useful for easily integrating a carrer gamemode. We could use it to create a career interface with a tweaked beatmap selection (First gamemode, then something like "stages" with different practice aimings, and then gradual difficulty and unlocked maps, I don't know it's just an example), and then it would rely on the main four gamemodes for launching the games, no need to recode it into the custom gamemode, then fetch the results ad handle it how it needs to.

I put this idea on the table because I don't see how an osu:career would be implemented in lazer otherwise then adding a new block to the main menu which i don't think would really fit
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Pigu wrote:

I remembered being a new player, the first thing I did (after playing the 1 or 2 included maps) was to find my favorite songs, which mostly aren't ranked, and play them. Those maps are most likely a crappy/unfinished map and I just failed the songs miserably. I quit the game pretty soon after. It's until one of my friends started playing the game and I follow suit and went back to osu. If it's wasn't that one friend I would never come back to osu and enjoy the game like I do now.
I had the exact same experience as you would tell by my "historical" graph in mania. But it was even worse as I only played converted beatmaps which were not good at all obvisouly. If friends wouldn't had pushed me into getting into the game i'd not be here today with all those playcounts and pp :D

Pigu wrote:

Also, a small fraction of the maps included in the career mode could also be switched monthly. As you said that should really motivate the mappers, since there's always a chance to have your maps featured.
This is, for me, the most important : Might even give a new life to Monthly Charts as well as keeping new players with quality maps when they first encounter the game ...

Just look at this recent video a known youtuber has made when first trying osu : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpQ0KZe_S5I
(it's in french but i will recap) : He launched the game without setting anything, explaining his crappy framerate (unplayable), tried the tutorial straight up (nothing wrong he learned what was needed), played a random bundled map trying to figure out how to play and barely succeded, then looked for unranked maps which were a total mess.
This is not really a good impression, and worse it's for a large audience this time ...
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So the suggestion got a hell of a lot of support on the Reddit post, as well as some supporting comments here. Peppy also gave some thoughts and said he agreed the game needs this and if something like this were to be put together it's almost guaranteed to be bundled with the game. I have very little mapping experience and next to no experience and connections in the community, but what I do have is programming experience. So I'm hoping that if I put together a platform for this to work on in Lazer it'll push the rest of the community to come together and provide the content. So that's what I'm going to do ASAP. I don't know how long it'll take, something like this is theoretically quite trivial from a technical perspective, but I have no experience with the osu!Lazer framework so we'll see how it goes. I'll likely post somewhere more appropriate once work is underway.
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I like this idea I just have 1 question.

Would there be 4 separate career modes for each gamemode or would the career mode encompass all of them?
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Edgar_Figaro wrote:

Would there be 4 separate career modes for each gamemode or would the career mode encompass all of them?
I think these are things that are going to need to be discussed once the community really gets behind the idea. Obviously I have an idea in my head of how I would want it to work but it can't just be up to me. The game modes would of course need to be separated in some sense, you can't expect all new players to be interested in every game mode, but to what degree and whether the system put in place to handle them is generic or specific to each game mode I can't really say. Personally I'd like to get something thrown together for standard first ASAP so we can begin testing the system as early as possible and get mappers interested in the project as much time as we can to get familiar with the system and its unique challenges and opportunities for them. Beyond that I suppose it's a matter of community discussion as to what happens moving forward, or if someone on team osu! wants to take the helm, so to speak.
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My point of view is that a player should be able to play only the mode(s) he likes without beeing forced into playing a mode he doesn't like. But he should still be provided with a sense of pride and accomplishement for unlocking things in every gamemodes, like achievements, progression bars, warm messages ... STATS
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I approve of this massively.
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It would be a great idea for people who are new to osu!
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Just want to make a quick update on this, because I feel this is extremely important for osu! I decided to just start working on it myself.

I'm not a veteran mapper by any means but I've been messing around with it over the past year and think I've got most of the concepts down at the most basic level at least. By no means will my work be a finished product but by laying the groundwork and establishing an outline for the progression of a career I'm hoping it'll push more experienced mappers to contribute to my work in whatever way they feel like. Expecting someone else to take up the whole project from the get-go was unrealistic since there's so much more than just mapping songs involved, but having a draft in place where mappers can submit their own replacement maps or just suggest changes will probably spark more enthusiasm in the project.

Since it's intended for this to be bundled with the game in the future, all maps are of songs in the featured artist section for legal reasons, and all artwork for backgrounds/storyboards will have to be either original or official artwork from the artist of the song. This project is something everyone can contribute to. It won't just needs maps, it'll need original artwork and storyboards, full original skins (since customization is a big part of osu I plan for the first iteration to award skins at various stages along the career as both a reward and incentive, as well as an introduction to customization - I don't know if this is something that could/would be implemented if this ever got integrated into the client, that's going to have to be discussed) and A LOT of play testing from players of all skill levels.

With that in mind, once the project is a little further along I'll post it in the beatmap projects section and invite everyone to contribute, so keep an eye out for that.
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I like this idea. I feel like if this were created for every gamemode equally osu! would be less about specifically standard since it'd give a nice opening to all gamemodes through the career mode! STAR
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[ Scarlet Red ] wrote:

I like this idea. I feel like if this were created for every gamemode equally osu! would be less about specifically standard since it'd give a nice opening to all gamemodes through the career mode! STAR
Agreed, unfortunately I know nothing about mapping for other game modes so it'll be up to someone else to get the ball rolling there
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I like this idea a lot actually, but I am a bit skeptical about the whole manner of selecting/making maps for this career mode so it will fit the likings of everyone.
Like a map with a certain song genre that can be potentially detestable for one person to the point that said person loses his motivation for playing said map for progress (yea srry, I am not the best in explaining things)
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NightNarumi wrote:

I like this idea a lot actually, but I am a bit skeptical about the whole manner of selecting/making maps for this career mode so it will fit the likings of everyone.
Like a map with a certain song genre that can be potentially detestable for one person to the point that said person loses his motivation for playing said map for progress (yea srry, I am not the best in explaining things)
That's understandable, but I don't think it's a reason not to try. It's never going to suit everyone, But at least it might suit the majority.

Luckily the song selection is limited since all the music has to be from the featured artists, and I'm trying to choose a diverse range of music as I progress with it. We'll see, I guess
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I just randomly got this idea:
Why dont we just link career mode with the level system and prevent converts of giving xp?
That way, we can solve the problem of career mode of having to play specific songs and we get an use for the current level system
(Although I dont know what will happen with the current players)
You can give the mascots a small storyline till, lets say, lv 20 or 30 for each mode
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Definitely agree. This could make osu! a more solid game, by encouraging new players and introducing them correctly to the game.
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Interesting idea..... it would be interesting...
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