Osu! is a free-action rhythm video game that challenges players’ musical senses. It is written in C# on the .NET framework. Its author is Dean “peppy” Herbert, who designed it from scratch and released it in the fall of 2007. At the moment, it exists in several versions: for Microsoft Windows (made for it initially), macOS, Linux, Android, iOS (gradually adapted to them). The gameplay mainly focuses on the community, so they create all playable melodies and beatmaps using an internal editor.
Meaning and History
The video game was inspired by many other rhythm action games, including Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan, DJMax, Beatmania IIDX, Taiko no Tatsujin, and the like. In this version, users are offered a choice of four different modes with various methods for playing rhythm maps. They can be combined with added mods, thereby reducing or increasing the level of difficulty of the gameplay.
But, despite the wide range, the most popular is the standard mode, launched the very first. As of 2021, the number of registered players has already reached more than 15 million 200 thousand people. And now the video game osu! available in 35 languages. You can interact with it using various peripheral devices: a two-button mini-keyboard or a computer mouse in combination with a keyboard. There is also a paid service that expands the functionality for users.
There are an incredible number of followers of this rhythm action. They meet at specially organized events – beat mapping and fan art contests. In addition, the players hold unofficial conventions, the largest of which was “cavoe’s osu! Event”, usually referred to simply as “osu! Event” or “COE.” The fan meeting has been held three times a year since 2017. The main action takes place in the Brabanthallen conference hall, located in the Dutch city of Hertogenbosch.
Osu emblem has also been featured on the official booths of events such as Anime Expo and TwitchCon, so it’s well-known not only to fans. This is a simple icon in terms of the number of elements but complex in terms of interior design. It currently exists in two versions.
2007 – 2015
The debut logo looks like a pale pink balloon. It is divided diagonally into two fragments of different shades, which are quite difficult to catch with a cursory glance. The demarcation line is not straight but curved and resembles an inverted arch. The top half of the circle is slightly lighter than the bottom. Inside, in the very center, is the name of the rhythm game. It is written in lower case type and is accompanied by an exclamation mark to encourage immediate action. Although the letters are painted white, they have thin, barely noticeable, evenly drawn strokes of pink.
2015 – today
Modern osu! emblem, the structure is much more complicated than the first. The entire surface of the circle is randomly filled with miniature pink triangles of various shades and sizes. The name is in bold font, which the developers have slightly corrected by removing the lower “u” fragment. They also reduced the diameter of the ball and surrounded it with a barely visible gray line. It appears most clearly below, representing a symbolic sound wave radiating from the center. The dot in the exclamation mark has taken the form of a convex square.
Font and Colors of the Emblem
We can say that the identity of the game has not changed. It evolved slightly, having received small additions, almost invisible to prying eyes. But this characteristic expresses the key essence of the action rhythm: you need to catch the elusive and accurately convey it in actions. The current osu! the logo looks like a big button.
For the inscription in the emblem, the developers chose the Aller Bold typeface. This is a font family introduced by designer Dalton Maag. It appeared in 2008 and was created for the School of Media and Journalism from Denmark. The official palette consists of several shades of pastel pink. In addition to it, the logo has a white color.