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Old 07-23-2009, 08:00 AM #1
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Exclamation Paintball: A game or a sport?

Here's the thing, people have divided opinions on whether paintball is a SPORT or a GAME.

Definitions:
Sport: "an athletic activity requiring skill or physical prowess and often of a competitive nature" (Dictionary.com)
Game: "an amusement or pastime" (Dictionary.com)

Most of you will agree, Paintball is both a sport (it requires hell lot of physical and mental skill) and a game (it's fun, amusing, nice to play it).

But the question I ask to you paintballers, is this:
Is paintball MORE SPORT, or MORE GAME?



My opinion: Paintball is more a sport, it's a passion, and requires important skills. No need to say, a paintballer must have an important physical condition, needs to be fit to be able to run, dive, slide, jump over obstacles, go prone, crouch, and do that for prolonged periods of time.
Moreover, a paintballer needs to have important mental skills: staying focused, aiming well, having quick reaction times, thinking what would be the best tactic to get to an enemy, best way to escape from an enemy, and even controlling breath (so the mask is not full of fog, and to have better aim).

So for ME, Paintball is more a SPORT!
But what is Paintball for you? More a sport, or more a game? Give your opinion, and if you can, give reasons to support it!

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Old 07-23-2009, 09:03 AM #2
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scenerio/woodsball is a game

Tournament ball is a sport.

Pickup basketball/baseball/football/etc.. at the local park is a game

competitive baseball, etc is a sport.
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Old 07-23-2009, 10:43 AM #3
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scenerio/woodsball is a game

Tournament ball is a sport.

Pickup basketball/baseball/football/etc.. at the local park is a game

competitive baseball, etc is a sport.
Couldn't have said it better. It just depends how you play paintball.
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Old 07-23-2009, 10:45 AM #4
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scenerio/woodsball is a game

Tournament ball is a sport.

Pickup basketball/baseball/football/etc.. at the local park is a game

competitive baseball, etc is a sport.

Thats pretty much it. Also recball is kinda of a game. but where the pros, semi-pros, etc. thats a sport.
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Old 07-23-2009, 01:09 PM #5
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its both and how u want to say it. Let's put it this way. You ask your friend "what game is on tonite on tv." you answer "the Yankees are playing the red sox" But the teams you are referring to is a pro sports team, but yet you asked what GAME is on.

Whats the difference? recballers go out and play and have fun and play hard. We run we dive we laugh. its a game that we play its a sport that we play. we're serious when we get on the field we do everything a pro baller would do, only we get no prize at the end. Our prize is the satisfaction we get after a long hard day of paintball.

There is no difference. Its the effing same thing. I'll be playing my first tourny this sunday. I'm playing only cuz i love this THING we call Paintball. Its a tourny, its for a prize, but most of all, its for paintball
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Old 07-23-2009, 01:31 PM #6
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Is hockey a game or a sport?
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Old 07-23-2009, 03:47 PM #7
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Guys, does it really matter if it is a sport or game? It's something fun that we like to do. Will you like it any less if it was one or the other?
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Old 07-23-2009, 04:23 PM #8
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Old 07-23-2009, 04:39 PM #9
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its a sport if its Xball or 7 man or just airball, woods ball scenario and rec in general is a game,
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Old 07-23-2009, 04:51 PM #10
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sport
So it's not a game?

The question itself is just silly. it's a game that's also a sport.
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Old 07-23-2009, 06:11 PM #11
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by the given definitions, paintball is a sport, period. all flavors of paintball.
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Old 07-23-2009, 06:46 PM #12
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paintball is a sportgame..
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Old 07-23-2009, 06:55 PM #13
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paintball is a sportgame..
Your mom is a sportgame..

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Old 07-23-2009, 08:05 PM #14
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by the given definitions, paintball is a sport, period. all flavors of paintball.
woodsball is about as competitive as my high-school debate class

people don't play woodsball to win cash or trophies with their team -

so let me reiterate what has already been said:

woodsball/recball = game (an entertaining past time)
Tournament ball = sport (intense competition)
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Old 07-23-2009, 08:28 PM #15
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woodsball is about as competitive as my high-school debate class

people don't play woodsball to win cash or trophies with their team -

so let me reiterate what has already been said:

woodsball/recball = game (an entertaining past time)
Tournament ball = sport (intense competition)
For you, woodsball may not be competitive at all. However, for those playing it can get very competitive. There are numerous large woodsball/scenario games in which people get just as into it as speedballers playing PSP/USPL.

Now, this question is (as stated previously) ridiculous.
I will use the pros as my example, as it is easiest.
If they did not have fun and find amusement in playing paintball, they would almost definitely not play. ...we all know it is nearly impossible to make a good living off of just playing paintball.
And, it is obvious that they are competitive and all have skill as well as physical prowess. That is why they are pro.

Woodsball players also have skill, while it may not be the same technical skills as speedballers posses, they still have skill. They are also in some sort of physical shape, in big scenario games there are guys running at full speed through the woods to get to whichever "base" they are supposed to get to.

Paintball is both, a sport and a game. It doesn't matter what type of ball you play, it is both.
Nothing is to say that it can't be both, and the definitions definitely allow it to be both.
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Old 07-23-2009, 09:36 PM #16
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For you, woodsball may not be competitive at all. However, for those playing it can get very competitive. There are numerous large woodsball/scenario games in which people get just as into it as speedballers playing PSP/USPL.

Now, this question is (as stated previously) ridiculous.
I will use the pros as my example, as it is easiest.
If they did not have fun and find amusement in playing paintball, they would almost definitely not play. ...we all know it is nearly impossible to make a good living off of just playing paintball.
And, it is obvious that they are competitive and all have skill as well as physical prowess. That is why they are pro.

Woodsball players also have skill, while it may not be the same technical skills as speedballers posses, they still have skill. They are also in some sort of physical shape, in big scenario games there are guys running at full speed full the woods to get to whichever "base" they are supposed to get to.

Paintball is both, a sport and a game. It doesn't matter what type of ball you play, it is both.
Nothing is to say that it can't be both, and the definitions definitely allow it to be both.
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Paintball is whatever you want it to be. It can be a sport, a game, war games, or vandalism. Take your pick.
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Old 07-23-2009, 11:37 PM #18
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here is how i think of it if you can get fatter while doing it its a game.

ie:
hockey = sport
football = sport

fishing = game
bowling = game

the only thing so far that is conditional is golf if you play golf with a cart and cooler it a game if you walk every hole its a sport
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football is a game. if you play it you are participating in a sport, no matter how seriously you take it or level you play at. if i play a game of basketball with my friends in my driveway, thats a sport. you dont have to compete or take it seriously for it to be a "sport"

paintball is the same way. sure theres different formats, but its a legitimate sport no matter how its played. just because its recreational doesnt mean its not a sport.

who cares anyway? its fun as hell no matter what.
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Old 07-24-2009, 09:28 AM #20
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I don't think there is a huge difference between scenario and woodsball...I mean, you still do the same physical stuff...although sometimes woodsball games are longer than speedball (duh) so woodsballers may require more endurance...
As mentioned before, Paintball (in all its categories) is both a sport and a game, but I think it's more a sport.
Why? Because games don't require a lot of physical prowess, while Paintball does. VideoGAMES are games, they don't need physical prowess, soccer, football and other sports, no-matter if they are professional or not, they are sports. Well, that's my opinion hehe
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