Hehe, Greg I think you need to come out, check out some of the other events and players before you can say they have the same mindset.
There are totally games and events where a person can show up in very basic kit
(Gun, hicap and goggles) and have at it, just for fun.
Sure the camo is a nice touch and will probably help you in some cases, but if you're coming for fun or it's your first game, have at it with what you got.
I've seen dudes who show up in Civvies, 1 gun, 1 hicap + boots and played all day just having fun.
Shit my very first few games were like that and nobody complained.