I think most people are missing the point of paint or marker limitations or gear limitations, which is to provide a different kind of game play.
Someone said you cant lane with a paint restriction resulting in too much movement. This is wrong on every level. First off, you can lane. I do it with my stick feed when its needed. secondly, I would never through the lane against most people I play, regardless of wether they were ramping or muzzle loading. The truly skilled player will cover it no matter what. I played my share in the back with my 12 round stick feed, and never had I felt that I needed more paint to do something, and never has anyone said I needed more firepower to cover them. Those that have played a lot with know that I will sometimes literally cover a player or or area with 1 ball. I dont take many shots I dont need to, and many times I will just look back and forth, and if anyone dares to run through that lane, I am able to make the elimination with one or two shots. Someone who takes this even further than me is Pom from the blowfish. He may be just stare at you half the game, but most people know you better not leave that bunker or stare back too long, because when a shot does finally come, its coming straight at your face. The point is you can cover what you need to WHEN you need to, but you cant just shut it down for the whole game.
The reason why many tournaments want to impose resitrictions is simply because most of the players wanted it. The OSC 5man had those who did not want any restrictions of any kind who dont play anymore. Despite many of those people being high profile people, the OSC still listened to the majority of the players that want the game play that most of them play pump for.
Most pump players(that Ive seen) play pump players play with more consertative shots, even those that shoot more than average are trying to time someone coming out to shoot rather than simply shooting down a lane for a long period of time. More events are going to try and cater towards them, because theres simply more of them. These guys arent shooting pumps just because they want to shoot pumps, they are shooting pumps because when all the pump guys get together, its a different kind of game. Like Ive said in other threads, you could be using a semi(many have) or whatever to play the different style of game, like in so many other cases- the marker makes no difference.
If there were a completely open class series, I would guess that the players would mostly be of a different crowd, and that would be great for them. I just dont know if theres enough people from the other crowd to sustain the series. I know theres a couple events like that that ended up with little participation.
I dont think many people are trying to convert, rather than preserve. And not preserve old school, or higher skill but what they enjoy playing. Sometimes you can come off a little hypocritical when your saying let you play what you play, and then you say events should be more along your style of play because theres one with limitations already. There should be events for everyones style of play, but in the NSA for instance, I know that most people want limitations, many of them would like stick feeds. So if a large majority of the players who will play want limitations, then those players should get it even if it has an unfortunate side effect of leaving other players. Banking on the desires of that majority is less risky, since these guys have been around and will be around for some time. Theres been so many players and teams that come and go, like me, that want this and that, and then there are those who are going to use there pump in everything they possibly can.
I have nothing against any style, I play with any and everyone that has a little class. I play paintball, with a pump gun, not pump only paintball. Sometimes when I play or compete, I want to have that different style of play. Im sorry if others dont want to join in with me, but thats what I like to play. Thats what actually kept me in paintball. There are many pump elitists, even though that seems to be dying down now, and I hate that mindset. People who know me know that I speak my mind about them. I am not like those people, Im happy to have anyone at the other end to shoot regardless of they shoot back with.
Keep doing whats fun for you and Ill keep doing whats fun for me, otherwise why are we even playing.
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