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02 August 2010 - 03:13 PMI've never had that simplistic "show up and shoot the other guy" attitude to paintball. I'm only 15, but the majority of the guys I've played with are all 25-30 (and one 63 year old woman) and have some sort of military/combat experience. Simply showing up and shooting at something has never worked for me. I think because of this, I've been forced to think while I play. I avoid 50/50 firefights like the plague, and I've been known to crawl through the forest for good lengths of time. So I can't really relate to the video.
About the video games though: if I had the time and money to play paintball whenever I wanted, I wouldn't ever play video games.
KUDOS to you young man! I wish there were more like you in the sport, it would be a better place. with this type of mind set you will go far.
01 August 2010 - 10:29 AMTEAM: D.T.A.G. / Ant Army
Location: Northern Kentucky
Leaders: Hammer/ Mini
Sponsor: Wired Ants
Orientation: CQC/MIL-SIM, Woodsball Tourney, Big Scenario Play
26 July 2010 - 08:24 PMIts the fact that kids keep getting coddled from birth that we have such problems.
PARENTS GET A CLUE. Here's a word your child should hear often: NO. Guess what? They won't die when you say it! AND MEAN IT! Say it, say it often, and don't back down. Make them earn things. Make them earn things because it will make them appreciate the things they have, and they will learn from the work they had to do to get it!
Stop stroking your kid's ego in the name of "self-esteem". That's a load of crap. Kids need to learn to RESPECT themselves. And remember that respect is EARNED. What?? YES! Kids need to EARN their RESPECT for THEMSELVES. They learn to respect themselves by having to WORK for it! By having to CHALLENGE THEMSELVES!!! By learning to be INDEPENDENT of their parents and be SELF RELIANT! Does this means parents can't help? Sometimes YES! Sure, a bit of help here and there is a good thing. But more often than not kids aren't getting help....they're getting it done FOR them! For crying out loud! A kid will respect himself when he has been able to accomplish something genuinely of his own skill and wits. A kid who has self-respect has respect for others. A kid who has self-esteem has been told all his life how wonderful he is, no matter how good or bad he may actually be, and hasn't learned to fend for himself.
So. If you have self-esteem....you're going to think that you're a better 'baller than anyone, that your marker shoots better, and you know more than anyone, and you're going to have to do WHATEVER it takes to win so that your self-esteem stays inflated. You're gonna be a stuck-up noob that no one likes.
If you have self-respect, you're gonna play the game fairly, understanding that you are relying on the skills you've DEVELOPED by practice, listening to other players, and studying the game. Your self-respect will not allow you to cheat, as you know that you are cheating yourself as much as anyone else. Your self-respect will require courtesy and consideration towards other players because you know that doing so will earn you courtesy and respect in return.
All these self-worshipping kids who have high self-esteem have parents with the totally wrong concept of raising children.
How does this apply? A noob with high self-esteem wants a straight shootout so he can rack up the kills and brag about his skills. He wants to stand behind a tree with his fancy marker, spray paint, and kill everyone without breaking a sweat. He doesn't want to have to work hard or figure something out. He doesn't want to have to think. That would require too much effort. He wants instant gratification of his need for ego-inflation.
21 July 2010 - 04:02 PMThere's a difference between being a newb and being a noob.
Newb is short for newbie, it means the same as greenhorn. It implies that the have little experience. Newbs are willing to ask questions and LEARN.
Noob is NOT the same thing. It is generally considered a derogatory term and has more to do with attitude than skill. NOOBS don't ask and assume they have all the skills in the world.
I've met people that have play for 20 years that ignore and break rules, disregard safety, play with the intent to bonus ball/light people up. Those people I'd put in the NOOB class.
When do we quit calling a person a newb? When they show they understand the spirit of the rules, put safety and fun before a win and show sportsmanship. Skill has some part in it and when they start teaching/helping other newbs I'd say they upped their level.
If I were a teacher I would give you 100% for your answer. I truly doubt if there is a better one. Perfect just what I was wanting to hear, definition of the terms and a short to the point explanation. THANK YOU!
Keep them coming I want to hear from everyone.
21 July 2010 - 12:00 PMFilm Entertainment - Used to be a lot more story, a lot of films that test your critical thinking skills with the dilemmas they depicted, etc. Now, a "movie" can be just a bunch of random special effects with minimal plot...
I wonder if I can find it again? There's a great show that was put on youtube that described this. In it, a few film critics discussed why movies like "The Deer Hunter" or "Citizen Kane" could never be made today. And the basic response was no. Movies with "sad" endings, regardless of how well made, won't fly in modern Hollywood. The original "Rocky" wouldn't be made either, the good guy doesn't win at the end. Heck, it's commonly agreed that remakes are easier. Avatar was CG Pocahontas, ya know.
Lowest common denominator. And people wonder why I don't watch most TV or movies anymore...
Paintball is a victim of the teen, crybaby, reset button generation. Paintball was started to promote team work, that means to work together as a team and heighten the skills of the player's by strategical maneuvers against the opponents to win the game. It also seems as if the 30 something group is also falling into this category.
I'm on the cusp of "Generation X", the so-called generation of pathos. "Yeah, whatever, let's get a pizza." Now my generation is having the kids of this generation, and it's kinda scary. I've seen kids walk off the field because "There's no way we can win, I'm just gonna quit now." Funny thing was we WON that game without him...
Thing is, not EVERYONE is like this. I've seen some brilliant kids out there. I've also been known to have days where I just wanna shoot people too. Put it on autopilot and shoot can be fun sometimes, but not all the time.
I think I need more meds.
Agreed there are some very good young player out there that are an exception to the rule and there are some mommy gives me everything good players that have a higher than mighty bad attitude that seems to ruin it for the rest and that takes the fun out of it for them. I have personally watched one of these type players intimidate the younger ref's and players into things that is not right just because of his attitude. For ex. in a previous video you posted it touched base on 1st impressions, this kid falls into it HEAD FIRST and in ankle deep in it like a yard dart...
Off topic but here is a ??? When do you all consider a noob no longer a noob? After the 1st few games? After several weeks of play? or by SKILL and the way they play?