Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Calgary, Alberta
I don't know if I'm allowed to do this on this forum, so if the admins wanna whack me - go for it.
But, in response to Ghost's post in the "Paintball vs. Airsoft" thread, I just figured I'd post this, because I think that experience you had really sucks.
I played paintball for about 2 years recreationally, then did a year of tourney, but hated it and went pump for a year, then I went back to semi for a bit, and now I'm back playing pump. I'm from Edmonton, and the paintball scene out here is pretty big.
So is pump. I think maybe that field you attended may not have been the best. The field I frequent sells paint for $80 regular, $60 on team nights and, if you know the right people, you can get it for as low as $40 for Xball Silver. I can totally identify with your feelings of the "teen punks." I guess I'm still a teen punk being only 18, but here we get your scenario with 13 and 14 year olds.
These "teenie boppers" are even brazen enough to confront the older and experienced players as if they want to fight. Kinda pathetic. but that crap aside, I think the field you play at makes a huge difference.
I went out to some place (I won't name the field, because I caused a rather large ruckus on EdmontonPaintball.com when I brought it up) in the boons with a buddy and our pumps. There was a 'team' decked out to the 9's in brand new shiny semi gear. We joined their group, and they also threw in a birthday party of 14 year old renters. So this 'team' tells us they want to play them stick all of us. ('the fuck? -editor)
My buddy and I laughed, having both played rookie as pumps, and novice as semi (whatever the hell that means -editor), taking podium in both divisions. So anyways, we figured, why not.
This 'team' immediately starts tearing through the renters on this bushball field, overshooting and reffing at the same time.
After seeing a few kiddies come off near tears for being lit up so hard on their first ever outing, my bud and I got a bit annoyed. So, we go off and take down 3 of their guys.
One of the remaining two figured it would be a good tactic to just start yelling and screaming at us that he had shot us, even though he hadn't even fired his marker in our direction all game. Eventually, the 2 just turn on the ol' "ramping modes" on their guns and lane me and my bud - which is fine, we didn't care, they were newbs anyways.
But after the game, one of the players walks over getting all in my buddies face, and screaming at him for not calling out when he was "shot." Some heated words were exchanged, and both us and the birthday party left. I talked to the field owner about it after, who supported this "team" for shit storming the renters and absolutely dominating, stating that it was "good practice' for the 'team." We pointed out that ganging up on a bunch of kids is not practice, and would in fact lessen his business as these kids probably won't return.
The owner then hops on another forum, where I posted my experience, and begins flaming my buddy and me for our "conduct", having found out our personal tourney experience, giving us shit for coming to a field and trying to ruin his "best paying customers" (these guys hadn't even played a tourney, by the way). So, as you can tell, I am not going to be attending that field ever again.
My case in point:
My regular field, Paintball Action Indoor, would never allow such conduct and would even ban players, were they to gang up on a pile of renters like that.
The staff go out of their way to make sure this is enforced, and I always have a good time at that field.
If the field owner allows shit like this to go, 14 year olds to run their mouths and people to gang up on lesser players, then bad experiences will be had and it will certainly give the sport a bad name.
If you haven't given up on paintball altogether, may I suggest trying a new field? It makes all the difference in the world.
Crisis averted. All it took was an immigrant to fix it up.
Last edited by Panek; February 4th, 2009 at 22:27..