I've played paintball and it was fun, but I found it lacking. The guns are no where near as accurate, as far as i can tell it would cost a shitlload more to own, maintain and play. Even the better guns are nowhere near as realistic and it's far too messy. Also paintball leaves much larger welts on most people. airsoft only seems to leave (normally) mosquito sized "welts". When ppl who've played pball ask me what it feels like I say paintball is a punch and airsoft is a slap just as hard so it stings a bit more on impact but goes away quicker and leaves less of a mark. I honestly don't know why ppl play pball when there's airsoft!?