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Oh so out of practice

So yesterday I decided to play IIDX for the first time in MONTHS. Short of a handful of games of Rock Band 2, I haven't had much time to play any music/rhythm games since the beginning of summer. I now see that I really need to find time to devote to them somewhat consistently otherwise my skill level plummets. Rock Band and Guitar Hero don't really have that issue as they're not timing based (I treat them more as party games than anything else most of the time). I can still past most of the harder songs in IIDX, but my scores have all dropped at least one letter grade. It's kind of disappointing.

At the same time though, I've always been a bigger fan of the actual music in the Bemani franchise than the games themselves. My focus has really kind of shifted from spending a ton of time on the games themselves, to collecting all of the OSTs and other related releases. I'm somewhere around 10 or so albums away from completing JUST the OST collection, and I'm pretty well on my way for in-house artist albums. Maybe that's why I don't have the same amount of passion for Rock Band and Guitar Hero, difficulty aside all of the music in the games are songs I've been listening to my whole life, or hear on the radio frequently. I understand the appeal of having the tracklistings be like that and I'll admit that they're still fun, but it's not as exciting as playing a new Bemani title for the first time and getting to sample all of the great new music that comes out of Konami's amazing in-house crew.