Originally Posted by SoCalBallin
Paintball is a dying sport.
Maybe, maybe not but if it is it can be for alot of reasons...
-Poor economy (food, gas, and rent are more important than hobbies)
-The average ROF over the last 5 years has dramatically increased scaring off new players.
-The attitude of many players the last few has been less than stellar. (Win at any cost, dont always play for fun anymore, shoot up noobs, make fun of the kid with the 98 custom... yup you've got an Ego... you're sure special
Paintball wont magically grow because they switch or bring in a new caliber of paint... and at any rate I'd be willing to guess atleast half the people here whether they are FOR or AGAINST the new .50 paint could not reasonably/logically explain why.
If you want paintball to grow there are tons of things you can do that would help out more...
-Introduce somebody new to paintball. Bring a friend, relative, coworker etc...
-Just play for fun, try something new, dig that old mech autococker out from under your bed or in the closet and play a few mech only games.
-Help out the newbies at the field, most of them are kinda timid and dont know what is going on, point them in the right direction, help them fix their markers that they will undoubtedly put together incorrectly (we all did it at one time)
-Dont go out and just pummel the newbs, or wipe, or shoot hot, or overshoot... everytime you do you're killing your sport
-Buy gear from your local brick and mortar stores, dont feed the online beast, it gets enough as is.
-Try out a big event just for fun (Oklahoma D-day, Invasion of Normandy, Mech or pump tournament.)
-Just be polite and friendly.
I voted against .50 paint. It has been tried before in the past and it was inferior. The manufacturers are making alot of cool claims this time around that I highly doubt will actually be backed up by physics in what is probably just a ploy to get another dollar instead of "saving" the sport. Some people say whats wrong with options? Sure go ahead, use your crappy .50 paint... it probably wont break well, wont leave a decent splat, probably wont go as far etc... but if you want to save a couple of $$$ and get pounded by the people still using .68 then be my guest.
Personally I'm happy with paintball as is.