Distance is a relative term, and with regards to sniping, an element of stealth. Snipers engage targets from a distance for the same reason they use camouflage, cover, or suppression devices...to minimize odds of detection and engagement.
Tyger, unfortunately you kind of have to take a loss on this one. I understand where you are coming from in regards to some ridiculousness in the idea of a being a 'Sniper' in paintball but I think you are mainly attacking the typically portrayed and overly glorified image of what a Sniper is in media. The image usually associated is a long barreled rifle, ghillie suit, scopes, and red dots.
I think this is one of the issues...people on both sides get caught up in their own paradigms. Maintaining a hard line or having a strong opinion on something doesn't mean you're right...committed maybe, but not right. Tyger obviously has a lot of strong opinions based upon his experiences or understanding, but those are not the same as everyone else's, and while his opinions may be "right" for Tyger in his world or from his perspective, these are not necessarily "right" for anyone or everyone else. In Tyger's paintball world, there are no paintball snipers. His world is flat, or at least flatter than those whose worlds have paintball snipers. In some people's worlds, paintball snipers wear ghillie suits and powerful, carry specialized, accurate markers, and crawl for hours to find the right hiding spot, while in other's, that person has a marker pretty much like everyone else's, but that person wraps their marker and themselves in a sniper veil and hides behind a bush along a busy path, while others still just quickly find themselves a nice fat tree to pick off a few players here and there. In some people's paintball world, there are no tanks, Generals or any other officers or rank, spies, heavy gunners, mines or grenades, demolition experts, beaches, landing crafts, POWs, clowns, robots, Viet Cong, Nazis, Russians, aliens. Predators, Lara Croft, James Bond, CEOs of evil corporations, cross-dressers, castles, villages...or people wearing parts of stuffed animal costumes attached to their camouflage. A lot of that isn't my "cup of tea", but who am I or anyone else to tell people how they should play paintball in their world, attempt to impose my experience upon them and insist they reside within my paradigm, and convince them I am acting in their best interests to defend them from some evil marketing scheme? I guess in some people's worlds, there are no fat people in McDonalds, just hapless victims of a massive fast food marketing scheme! If we have determined we must crusade against evil marketing schemes, I think I would choose one a little more meaningful than a position a handful of people in paintball game might play. There's a lot of ridiculousness in paintball, but I don't think it's confined to the people dressed like snipers. As I said before, those are my observations based upon my experiences and paradigm...not necessarily right or wrong, just how things are in my paintball world.
This post has been edited by Warpaint: 12 August 2011 - 07:28 AM