CAN77, on Oct 1 2008, 04:26 PM, said:
Someone that is new needs to by the base line, and learn how to take people out of a game. If they are spoiled and get a DM8 for christmas for a first gun, they will never fully respect paintball like it should be, and if they continue in paintball they will never have as much skill as they could have.
This and ignorance is where the essentials of the entire noob=bad with markers comes from. All of my paintball stuff I bought myself, and respected it to the upmost level. After my first game using my 98c, I took it home, took it apart, cleaned it, lubed it, and put it back together (sure I forgot to put the ball latch back in and had to use a rental next time out, until I called Tippmann and got another one, but thats besides the point). I sold candy at school for a month before I had enough money even to get a starter kit. I knew the value of it, I knew how long it took to get it, I screamed at my brother for leaving it in his car -- which has been broken into before -- overnight. Now I won't even let my brother use my marker (Virtued PM7), because I know how bad he is at respecting his own stuff, let alone anyone elses.
If my parents had got me all that stuff without question, without telling me to take care of it, without making me do something to earn it, I probably wouldn't care, I would probably bring it home after a day of play, throw it on the bed, put it on the floor when I go to sleep, and not care at all. Some kids are just stupid, but I believe most of the fault falls with the parents who are willing to spoil their kids. There is a fine line between spoiling and giving your kids a better life than what you had.