20151007

published 07 Oct 2015

Hoping to get blog updates back on track starting tomorrow! Have been prioritising productivity over transparency as I’ve had less time than usual to focus on osu! work over the last few days. Still focused on OWC preparations, but a lot of other things have been going on in the background.

  • Added support to bancho for IPv6 location detection (not yet deployed; should happen tomorrow).
  • Made osu! automatically increase the area searched for “Nearby” users where previously none were displayed. Should help those in isolated towns feel a bit less lonely!
  • Cleaned up order history and addresses for the osu!store system to address a long standing issue

You may notice some new changes have gone live on jizz, including profile additions (Recent Activity, Kudosu) and font changes for forum posts to hopefully improve readability.

Things to check out in the community from the last week:

  • Use Lemmmy’s “osu!next Signature Generator” to generate a cool customisable user pane for yourself.
  • Check the two maps featuring cYsmix’s osu! original songs which are already in qualified state here and here! Looking pretty good (but still too early to call any final shots ;).
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20150929

published 29 Sep 2015

  • Finally got the osu!stream update live, and surprisingly, it’s running perfectly!
  • Battling with my PC, which refuses to run cygwin or msys based applications since the last windows insider updater. May require a format back to stable windows 10 at this rate :(.
  • Working towards offering a recovery path for users which switch to CE (or stable40, once we release it) but crash at startup. osu! should now automatically repair itself back to the old stable stream.
  • This happened yesterday, but I changed the way qualified maps are rate-limited such that there is no longer a daily limit of maps that can be qualified, but rather a limit of maps which are switched to ranked. This should take the stress off Beatmap Nominators trying all day to get their chance at a qualified slot.
  • Working on OWC preparations in the background and while I can’t reveal too much just yet, we have a few awesome changes in store this year for both players and spectators!
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Mapping With Rewards (Sep. 2015)

published 26 Sep 2015

I’ve probably mentioned this before, but in recent times I’ve been pushing to get more original content in osu!. As in music we can call our own; Tracks we can stream and share without worrying about licensing; Songs we can map into a diverse range of difficulties to suit all.

After bugging cYsmix for almost a year about helping out with this initiative, I seem to have finally convinced him. Welcome him onboard as one of the first official osu! artists. Here is the first batch of songs:

cYsmix - Manic

A complextro track with many fine details which should suit to an extremely wide range of difficulties. 150bpm fast.

Download your pre-timed osz here.



cYsmix - House With Legs

A disco house track at a (relatively) laid-back 128bpm. Plenty of fun rifs and rhythms to map in this one.

Download your pre-timed osz here.



cYsmix - Dovregubben’s Hall (New Ver.)

Our first classical throwback of a song known to many as “In the Hall of the Mountain King”. Written originally in 1867 by a Norwegian artist; remixed by a Norwegian in 2015. 140 bpm.

Download your pre-timed osz here.



We have run mapping contests over time, but the general overhead with these is pretty high. Gathering judges, setting deadlines – you know the drill. This time I’m going to try doing an open bounty, instead. Anyone wishing to map these tracks can go ahead and do so (in your mode of choice). Once you get it completed to a rankable state – preferably actually ranked! – we’ll check your map and if it is amazingly awesome you will get the bounty for it, and your map will be bundled/marked as an official map.

Bounty offered for a full set (non-collab / single game mode):

  • Song bundled with client (for a limited period of time)
  • $50 osu!store credit
  • 6 months supporter tag
  • Unique profile badge

Conditions:

  • There will be one winner per song. We may choose the first to appear if it’s mindblowingly amazing, or wait for other entries to compare before making a choice.
  • We reserve the right to choose the background image for your map when ranked (we are trying to get an artist to make a themed set for these releases!).
  • Collaborations are not allowed. This is a personal decision; I feel single-creator sets give the most conformity.
  • Unlike standard contests, I have the final judgement on winners.
  • Please don’t map the 8-bit outros! They are supposed to play at the result screen.

I’ll keep an eye out for ranked submissions, but you can also post your map in the comments here once you are done if you want it looked at. Note that we are planning on adding new tracks every month, so if none of these suit your style then stay tuned!

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20150925

published 25 Sep 2015

Some users were reporting loss of all connectivity since the new netcode in CE and beta. I added fallback support for cases where IPv6 isn’t working correctly which should solve this issue. If it affected you, please give it another try. Apart from this, we’re still hard at work trying to get the new stable release out.

So, what to do with recruiters who are just a bit too persistent? This guy Tony Morris insisted that he added me to his DNC list. Yet only two months later here I am hearing from him again.

fun fact #1: If you take a close look at his messages, you can see some sloppy copy-paste format mismatches.

fun fact #2: he also contact other people I employ with the same email. maybe he’d be interested in buying my company..?

Have a pleasant weekend!

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20150924

published 24 Sep 2015

Missed a day’s blog yesterday, but won’t let that get me down. Things have been a bit slow this week. Picking up pace today with some welcome changes.

The account appeal process has received the start of my planned overhaul. This will bring more conformity to how we collect information from affected users, and allow us to attend to the cases that need more immediate attention better than before.

You can give the form a whirl here (but please don’t actually complete the submission unless you are actually in need of appealing!). Note that in actual usage, a lot of the fields are pre-filled for the user, and it includes an account ownership verification code.

I can’t show you the admin side of things, but take my word that it is feeling better than ever.

To those of you reading this who have previously submitted an appeal which has not been granted yet (and not denied), feel welcome to resubmit your appeal using the new form. Even if you don’t, you will likely receive an email telling you to do so in the near future anyways.

Secondly, I’ve finally found a design I’m happy with to replace my old “ppy” brand logo (and avatar). Have had a stale taste in my mouth with the old logo for quite some time, but it’s taken a while to come up with something that fits the current design climate while also preserving the feel I was going for with the original. Meet the new ppy logo, which you will no doubt get familiar with over the coming years:

Thanks to flyte for the design work.

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