I've been to no events, My only exposure is to people (great guys) I have met and to what I have read on ASC.
Remeber that I'm New, and looking in from the outside like everyone does when they start.
I think Airsofters and paintballers are very much alike.
85% of both are played at private places.
most real paintballers shoot 500 balls an afternoon, same as airsofters. Most want to play war games just like airsofters.
I think that in an online community the few voices out power the real voices.