Posted by JR Olson | Posted in Recreation And Sports | Posted on 05-03-2015
Paintball is a game that has swept the globe over the last decade. The popularity of the sport has boomed in recent years, as it has become more and more popular, diverse, and competitive at the highest levels. Some people don’t understand the allure of paintball, but usually those people simply don’t fully understand the sport. There is more to it than meets the eye, and it’s no surprise that people of various ages love to play the game. For those less familiar with this endlessly fun activity, here is a basic overview of the wonderful game of paintball.
What is paintball?
Paintball is a relatively simple game, though the intricacies can be complex. Teams use guns full of paint to eliminate their opponents. For example, a very common paintball game is a variation of the childhood game called capture the flag. In traditional capture the flag you imprison opponents by touching them with two hands. In paintball you achieve this by successfully hitting them with a paintball. Another popular game is simply an elimination king of the hill style game which can be played in teams, or every man for himself. The objective is simple, be the last person or team not to get hit by a paintball.
Paintball really only requires three basic pieces of equipment and a place to play.
Marker: The marker is the paintball gun. It is what you use to shoot paintballs at opponents. Markers vary in technology and price; the simplest ones are very cheap so almost anyone can afford to play the sport. The most expensive ones function like real guns with improved speed and accuracy. These can cost exorbitant amounts of money.
Paintballs: The paintballs are the ammunition for the markers and they’re what you use to win the game. They are spherical balls of paint with a shell that breaks when the ball hits something. The purpose of the paintball is to splatter the opponent with paint so you know when someone has been hit. Paintballs come in all colors. High quality ones leave stronger paint marks. Their improved spherical shape increases accuracy. Paintballs can hurt when they hit you, but they are non-toxic and biodegradable. They’re not harmful if accidentally ingested and not bad for the environment.
Protective gear: When you play paintball you should always wear a mask. Most competitions mandate this. This is to protect your face; paintballs are not incredibly dangerous, but they are fired at a strong enough velocity that they can damage vulnerable skin.
Where to play
There are two main places to play paintball.
Designed arena: Designed paintball arenas exist indoors and outdoors and are much like laser tag mazes. They feature objects such as walls and bales of hay, which you can hide behind or use for shelter and protection.
Outdoors: A lot of people simply play paintball in the great outdoors making the options limitless. You can climb trees, hide in stumps, or lie among the grass. People usually wear camouflage gear when playing outdoors. Those are the basics of paintball, but there’s so much more. It truly is an endlessly fun activity.
Douglas Nickerson is a freelance writer specializing in sports & recreation. Those interested in paintballing should consider these top quality electric airsoft guns.