Piller, on Jul 5 2008, 04:41 PM, said:
Most markers are capable of handing all positions at once. My classic Automag for example is lightweight enough that it's easy to run with, it's capable of being very consistent, relatively quiet, and if I need to I can throw paint down the tube. All the shoulder stocks, red dots, fancy vests, and other "woodsball" aren't needed for anything. You can use them to fit into Specops' branding, but in the end they're superfluous. It's all part of an image.
I agree. Image is key. Anyone here that doesn't give a crap about image? Nope. Even the guy who says he don't care about image is trying to give you the image of not caring. EVERYONE cares about appearance (unless they are mentally ill, really, look it up). So what if a guy carries a marker that looks like it belongs in Star Wars? And wears brightly colored clothing? Speedball you say? Mebbe. Or a guy with a scope and bipod? And wears camo? Woodsball? Likely, but not guaranteed. When we all were kids, we played with toys, and imagined
them to be real, and do real things. So why beat down a guy for getting in touch with his inner child by adding some junk to his marker that he very likely knows does NOTHING for his performance except to make him feel good about what he is doing because he is having fun? Same is true of these Sci-Fi (used tongue-in-cheek...no offense intended) markers. So they anodize the thing to be blue and orange and stick out like a sore thumb....It makes them feel good and have fun.
Ok, now a grain of salt...There sure are some MORONS out there who buy in to all of that junk! Wow! Yeah, I get it. Some people take it too far. But, this ain't just a paintball thing. Think of all the crazies out there who root for NFL teams...I mean...really....what are you rooting for? What makes your team better than another? Nothing really. The best teams have SOME talent and an excellent team atmosphere. All the star players in the world won't make for championships.
Tippmann is as good as any company out there. Each has its advantages and disadvantages. Each company seeks its niche in the market and tries to swell to squeeze out the competition. That is how companies survive...Capitalism, remember? Which company makes a better marker for $130? That works well right out of the box without mods? Not saying they don't exist...but when you all are talking about "better" markers, you're also PAYING for a better marker. So what about BE? They suck right? 'Cause they are cheap. But will they get the job done?
Hmmm...Got to say...Macdev guns INHALE VIGOROUSLY because they cost way too much! Reliable, maybe, but I can get a CAR for what those things cost...
It is all about your perspective. Don't look down on someone because he likes his marker.....Look down on him if he is stupid enough to look down on you for yours.