.50 cal - the New Best Way to Heavy Gun?
Posted 05 February 2011 - 12:04 PM
Posted 06 February 2011 - 09:37 PM
They've been pushing .50 really hard in the adds with GI milsim and spyder, and it is an idea to try to get people back in the sport and attract more to play (from what I see, but correct me if I'm wrong). But I don't think it is a good idea. Rather, focus adds on getting parents to play, get the dads and moms out there. They have the money, they'll bring their kids, and they are the mentors. They will help teach their kids good conduct and help keep them interested in playing. That is where our long term players are.
Posted 07 February 2011 - 10:23 AM
I think insane rates of fire just make the whole thing a bit stupid for some people. 20 bps should be something you only see on special characters at scenario games in my opinion. I'm just talking woodsball here - because I don't really care what the airball people do with themselves.
A lot of the big marketing push behind .50 cal is that it doesn't hurt as much.
I think this is kind of dumb, to be honest.
Let's face it - paintball is a macho sport. People may bitch about getting lit up by some jerk with an Ego, but they'll still happily and proudly post the pictures of all the black and blue welts too (face it - deep down inside, we take a bit of pride in our battle injuries). We actually kind of LIKE the pain aspect of paintball - as much as we complain about it. It makes it feel more like a "real" fight - which is why we show up on the weekend.
The marketers for .50 cal like to complain about how new players get scared off by the pain and stuff when they have office parties at the local airball field and stuff. That's true enough.
But let's face it - those people weren't going to fork out money on the sport anyway. And if they did join the sport, it wouldn't be for long. This sport and the mentality needed to do well at it are not present in the type of people who would quit the sport just for getting shot on the inside of the leg from 20 feet with a .68 cal round. Happened to me my first season - it hurt BAD. The bruise was actually bleeding.
I thought it was freaking awesome.
If they really want to tone down the excesses of the sport, reducing rates of fire, not paint size is the way to do it. Overshooting is more of a problem than the occasional welt from .68 cal.
Posted 08 February 2011 - 06:40 PM