Originally Posted by cheetah_j
Paintball is only that way by choice. You can choose to be honorable and respectful of your fellow players.
This is true.
When dishonest play becomes "part of the game" or "how it is", that is when people should really stop to evaluate the ethics that are being conveyed to each other, and new players more so.
Airsoft had been a great concept but, unfortunately, the same players that make Airsoft a non-viable game are those in which we currently speak of in paintball. Dishonest players have turned the game of Airsoft, which is quite fun if all abide by the rules, into an impossible game of "Did - Did Not" arguments.
I'm not sure when this behavior became accepted as an "industry norm", but this must cease in order to preserve the integrity of our sport. You would not stand at the plate after your third strike, run into the end-zone after being tackled, or lay a hay-maker after the bell rings in boxing... so why should this be treated any differently?
I urge those who are serious in their convictions to uphold the honor of the game to speak out against those who are commit these infractions. If not, I feel that eventually we, the paintball community, will all be guilty by association.