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01 February 2011 - 03:58 PMNow for some updates from Quebec!
It's really slowed down out here and I am a little worried. I agree with Tyger and Druid that it is cyclic but I'm a little concerned with the situation in Quebec particularly. During the '05-'08 boom in the area we got a LOT of new players, but it was all false inflation because of the way paintball is marketed in this area. Unfortunately Paintball is mostly marketed as a 'warsport' in Quebec and attracts the people that are interested in such simulations and that's ok. The problem I have with it is that when they eventually, and inevitably, get over the war/toy soldiers angle of it, they are left with very little in the way of interest for actual paintball. In essence an entire 'generation' in the cycle goes cold and isn't there to bolster interest in new players.
The situation in Quebec is not the same as in other parts of the country/continent but I believe they can be linked. During the 'boom' we had 5 years ago a lot of younger people started playing and really enjoyed it for a few months/year. The majority of the people playing at that time fit into that category, which meant that there was a lower saturation of the diehards that get people involved in the community and garner a passion. For a while it was 'cool' to play paintball so a lot of people got involved. By 2009 those people lost interest/were broke/had new things going on and paintball fell to the wayside.
Another thing I feel hurt the CONTINUED growth of the sport is the temporal emphasis that was put on equipment in '07 - '08. People that got into the sport in '05 - '06 had probably already changed markers at least once, and were now feeling like they needed to again to keep up with what was 'good'. Buying a new marker every year is both expensive AND hurts your 'skill'; play with any marker long enough and your bound to be good. Paintball became as much, and IMO more, about what gear you had then about actually just getting out and playing the game. Fear the Reaper has the right idea when he says he prefers to just play then worry about his marker. I disagree in that I like playing with a high quality piece of equipment but the emphasis has to be on playing. Without naming names I can say that there were, and maybe still are, guys on here that bought, and sold, 5 or 6 markers a year, yet I never heard them tell a story about a game they once played. When markers lost their appeal, or they ran out of money, those guys disappeared.
I have some other ideas but I'll save them for later.
Unrelatedly: Cool to see how many really old and very new members there are in this topic.
Just passing through.
21 January 2010 - 04:39 PMThis isn't where I parked my ....
20 January 2010 - 02:34 PM28 is kind of young... guess AI is just as much a beauty contest as a singing contest (whens the last time you saw someone who was actually ugly get a ticket?)
Not to turn this into a debate about AI but after the old guy a few years back won I agree with lowering the max age limit. Part of the show is about giving awesome talent a chance at a dream life, it seems silly to waste that on someone in their later years...
20 January 2010 - 02:22 PMAwesome.
Tyger's videos are some of the best of their kind... I've watched all of them quite a few times. He seems to have lost some of his awesome camera charisma but I'm sure after a couple of vids he will be back to his awesome old self....
26 November 2009 - 04:27 PMWhen I was first on the forum I know Tom had A LOT of tippies and others. I've collected a few guns over the years but haven't noticed it being a problem. I know what flo means though; once paintball starts being more about the guns you own then the games you've played then it can be a problem and you can get fed up of it all.