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Posted 06 December 2009 - 04:06 PM

I'm currently writing a report about the culture of paintball for my cultural anthropology class and I wanted to know what your definition of paintball culture is? Feel free to narrow the scope down to a specific type of paintball like woodsball, speedball, or scenario.
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Posted 06 December 2009 - 06:17 PM

I would say the culture is simply hanging out with friends which you may only get to see when you play. Playing hard and competitive on the field then sitting around laughing about the game and talking about the day.
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Posted 06 December 2009 - 07:01 PM

^agreed.
To me when i play with my usual group of about 15 people, its a very social atmosphere. competitive yes, but not ridiculously so. We help each other, lend each other gear, fix each others guns (read: I fix their guns) and are out there for the fun of it. we love to comically make fun of each others playing styles and gear, such as my best friend who is a huge pump and woods player, while im a speedball and urban player. u can imagine the antics when we play together.

It might be good to mention the different playing styles and the personality types of the people who play. difference between speedball and woods and other odd facts.
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Posted 06 December 2009 - 07:03 PM

View PostShadowlord, on Dec 6 2009, 07:17 PM, said:

I would say the culture is simply hanging out with friends which you may only get to see when you play. Playing hard and competitive on the field then sitting around laughing about the game and talking about the day.

This^ Half the fun is after games hanging out doing stupid antics, loling, etc
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Posted 06 December 2009 - 07:25 PM

Another thing to include is what makes a paintball culture from that of say...a horseback riding club. Sure, they hang out with friends and have fun together but... it's the difference in language, traditions, and customs and behaviors. The language itself may not be different but the words and how they are used are. Traditions...what you do to get ready on game day. What your team does right before the game is set to begin. What everyone does when the last horn/whistle/bell or flag is hung.
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Posted 06 December 2009 - 07:27 PM

View PostT-Freak, on Dec 6 2009, 09:03 PM, said:

View PostShadowlord, on Dec 6 2009, 07:17 PM, said:

I would say the culture is simply hanging out with friends which you may only get to see when you play. Playing hard and competitive on the field then sitting around laughing about the game and talking about the day.

This^ Half the fun is after games hanging out doing stupid antics, loling, etc


Yeah, escipically if your a "local" at your field. Usually we hide guns (not cheap guns, thousand dollar tourney markers) breaking paint on people's gear, fights in the staging area with squirt bottles for cleaning masks, playing with squeegees while others have markers, pretending a woodsball game is call of duty, hiding behind a cone in an open field in a woodsball game, three people to a Dorito in speedball.....
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Posted 06 December 2009 - 08:05 PM

Honestly, I don't think there is a single culture in paintball.

There's several.
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Posted 06 December 2009 - 08:43 PM

View PostThalion, on Dec 6 2009, 10:05 PM, said:

Honestly, I don't think there is a single culture in paintball.

There's several.


That's is what I was thinking. Obviously the two big ones would have to be speedball and woodsball. However you can break those into even more subcultures, pump players, outlaw players, etc... Paintball is a very vast sport, that encompasses people of all walks of life.
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Posted 08 December 2009 - 07:10 PM

To me the culture of paintball is about the rush you get just before the first "Game on" of the day at a walk on field. It is also about the big bang at the start of a scenario or big game. It is enjoying time with friends and family, some of which you make through paintball. The best part about a game is sharing stories afterward. At the larger events it is also about looking at the pictures taken of that game.

I can't forget about tinkering with your markers either. I currently have two nicely modded Tippmann 98's and one built out of spare parts. I have ideas on what to do with other guns out there also.
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Posted 09 December 2009 - 01:46 PM

Culture:

• [with adj. ] the attitudes and behavior characteristic of a particular social group : the emerging drug culture

I think if you are writing a report on paintball culture you should include all groups. Paintball is a culture divided. Look at this forum. It is a very good place to start looking at behavioral characteristics and attitudes. Look at how we communicate with each other. We often disagree and not just on play-styles, but at the end of the day we still enjoy the forum and the connections we have here with others of our culture. If there ever is a problem that can't be resolved with fancy typing BAM-we got paintball to solve that!

But seriously, if we are a paintball culture I think we need a name to go by. us Utah culture folks are U-tards (whoops I mean Utahns) but paintball culture doesn't come with a fancy official nickname. I feel gypped.
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Posted 09 December 2009 - 06:47 PM

View PostZzaque, on Dec 9 2009, 01:46 PM, said:

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But seriously, if we are a paintball culture I think we need a name to go by. us Utah culture folks are U-tards (whoops I mean Utahns) but paintball culture doesn't come with a fancy official nickname. I feel gypped.


No, U-tards is the politically correct way to say it. Trust me.
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Posted 10 December 2009 - 11:56 PM

I cant begin to talk about paintball culture. You sure you dont need to have a narrower scope?
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Posted 11 December 2009 - 01:33 AM

WE SHOOT PEOPLE FOR FUN AND GET AWAY WITH IT!!!!!

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Posted 11 December 2009 - 02:22 AM

View PostSO45615, on Dec 11 2009, 02:33 AM, said:

WE SHOOT PEOPLE FOR FUN AND GET AWAY WITH IT!!!!!

what more can we ask for in life?


Good call! Better yet, we shoot our friends!
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Posted 11 December 2009 - 09:55 AM

View PostSO45615, on Dec 11 2009, 03:33 AM, said:

WE SHOOT PEOPLE FOR FUN AND GET AWAY WITH IT!!!!!

what more can we ask for in life?

at my last job, i used to tell people that i shot people on weekends to relieve stress .... they never really knew how to take that ... lol
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