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Old 05-02-2016, 10:42 PM #1
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Resurgence of paintball...

So I haven't played in at least a decade. I gather Paintball kinda peaked around 2006. I started wanting to play again a couple years ago, I haven't made time until recently though. One thing I've noticed is that it seems a lot of players have decided to get back into it. Has this been a consistent thing over the last few years or are we seeing a large influx of old players? If it's the latter whey do you think people are coming back more now?
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Old 05-03-2016, 01:16 AM #2
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So I haven't played in at least a decade. I gather Paintball kinda peaked around 2006. I started wanting to play again a couple years ago, I haven't made time until recently though. One thing I've noticed is that it seems a lot of players have decided to get back into it. Has this been a consistent thing over the last few years or are we seeing a large influx of old players? If it's the latter whey do you think people are coming back more now?
I've been running into a lot of players in their twenties getting back in now that we have big boy jobs and can support the habit again
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Old 05-03-2016, 08:17 AM #3
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yep i quit in 2003 and im just getting back in. I think for me it was that I loved woodsball and the giant structures that were being built on fields. I stopped when speedball took over and I would go to my local field and see most of my favorite fields replaced with speedball. The whole pace of the game changed, and it was no longer exciting to bring friends and family to play at that time, they would just get annihilated in the first minute of a game. It was hard to introduce new people to the game. I mean you would have a group of rich 12 year olds come out and spray the crap out of paint with high end markers, and no skill. At my field you voted on which field to play before every game and it was always speedball back to back to back. I just lost interest in the game at that point. you have to remember back then buying a paintball gun that would shoot with the pace of the modern cheap electros was not affordable for most people. They did have some cheap electros emerging but they would chop the crap out of balls and would break all the time, most small local fields couldnt fix them. So when so many of us were invested in nice autocockers and automags and people started shooting streams of paint playing speedball it wasnt fun anymore. . Now that I am older and seeing people interested in pump, and both woodsball and speedball equally I have decided to give it a try.
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Old 05-03-2016, 07:51 PM #4
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I played from 97 to 05 and got back into it last year. Just turned 40 and still keep up with the younger guys.
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Old 05-04-2016, 01:33 AM #5
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It seems the original speedball generation is coming back. Now in their late 20s and 30s. Ive been playing again for the first time since 07. Able to afford all the toys now that i couldn't back then. Could be an early midlife crisis, but hey, i have no kids and the wife loves it. Even if my knees don't.
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Old 05-04-2016, 07:56 AM #6
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yep i quit in 2003 and im just getting back in. I think for me it was that I loved woodsball and the giant structures that were being built on fields. I stopped when speedball took over and I would go to my local field and see most of my favorite fields replaced with speedball. The whole pace of the game changed, and it was no longer exciting to bring friends and family to play at that time, they would just get annihilated in the first minute of a game. It was hard to introduce new people to the game. I mean you would have a group of rich 12 year olds come out and spray the crap out of paint with high end markers, and no skill. At my field you voted on which field to play before every game and it was always speedball back to back to back. I just lost interest in the game at that point. you have to remember back then buying a paintball gun that would shoot with the pace of the modern cheap electros was not affordable for most people. They did have some cheap electros emerging but they would chop the crap out of balls and would break all the time, most small local fields couldnt fix them. So when so many of us were invested in nice autocockers and automags and people started shooting streams of paint playing speedball it wasnt fun anymore. . Now that I am older and seeing people interested in pump, and both woodsball and speedball equally I have decided to give it a try.

yeah i try to convey this to people but paintball players that are deep in the sport can't understand why people would take issue with 15 bps, some even want to bring it back. im really glad rates of fire have dropped because it makes it easier for casual players as well as people who just dont wanna spend all kinds of money on a sport thats supposed to be fun.

i've seen people come back and i think it has picked up but we have a while to go before its really a resurgence.
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Old 05-05-2016, 12:44 AM #7
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Out in 2007, back in 2015. I do more now with paintball than I ever did back then. I'm in this crowd.
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Old 05-05-2016, 06:35 PM #8
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I stopped in 06, came back this year...trying to get my old pb friends back into it as well
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Old 05-06-2016, 06:20 PM #9
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Stopped in 07 or 08 and came back early this year, also do more than ever within the sport and at my local field and shop.
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Old 05-08-2016, 10:33 AM #10
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Started playing in 1998 and stopped in 07, came back in 2012. I've just been playing and buying more stuff ever since. I own a lot of the markers I wanted back in the day and can now easily afford, along with lots of high ends. I enjoy playing any type of paintball I can get now....speedball, woodsball, indoor or outdoor, scenario events, and I played a few tournaments last summer, including MSXL Indy. I love it now more than I ever have.
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Old 05-11-2016, 04:29 PM #11
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Played: 2000-2009, quit to go to school.

Played one time in Jan/Feb of 2014, all of my equipment failed on me at some point during the day (gun, tank, loader, cleats, mask, the whole shebang) and I gave it up after that.

Started playing again this year and bought some new stuff, had a blast. Already have three tournaments on the books for the next two months.
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Old 05-11-2016, 05:08 PM #12
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played on/off from 97-2008 then took some off to get my life together.I just started back this past april and I now have a career, wife, daughter and money to support the hobby.
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Old 05-13-2016, 11:22 AM #13
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left in 89/90 (yes, 1989/90) when paintball was in its nascency. the industry had yet to coalesce into anything meaningful and everyone was piecing together their own guns. even tho it was fun playing in empty tracts of land, i couldn't keep up with all the mods and gear, nor could i afford it at the time. so i lost interest and just did other high school things.

fast forward to age 40, have money and kids now. life is kinda settling down and the interest piques. bought all the high end stuff i couldn't when i was a kid and having a blast.

i've met a handful in my same situation.
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Old 05-16-2016, 12:20 AM #14
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That is awesome I was thinking the same thing I played from 2000-2005 and just got back in it, looking forward to starting the tournament scene up again and hope that I am still close to a national d3-d4 level but I guess only time will tell. I am glad I am only 25 and my body is still able to do it because i forgot how much fun it was.
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Old 05-20-2016, 03:28 PM #15
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I stopped in 08, coming back in now too.

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Old 05-21-2016, 06:43 PM #16
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I stopped back in 2016. Is paintball dying?
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Old 05-21-2016, 08:22 PM #17
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2007 was about my quitting time. Fresh out of high school and just figureing out my life. Like a lot of these guys im 27 now and back playing. Can actually afford to go and buy gear. Still shooting the nasty shocker I bought in early 2000's NEW.
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Old 05-29-2016, 09:07 PM #18
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We seemed to lose a lot of players back in 2005-2008. Some I've spoken to don't even remember why they stopped playing. But some are returning now. I am curious what caused the exodus in that time period. We're we not giving them what they wanted or did the cost exceed the entertainment value? It would be interesting to find out!
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Old 05-29-2016, 10:11 PM #19
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Im 27 and getting back into it after about a 5 year break. I think having the right job to support the habit is the big thing with everyone these days.
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Old Yesterday, 02:28 AM #20
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I took a break after 2007 because i burnt myself out on tournaments. Then the addition of a couple kids I just got the itch last year and love it all over again.
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Old Yesterday, 06:20 AM #21
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like others stated life happened lol...i turned 30 this year and got back into in april and the people ive met at the fields lately or around my age. most have gotten better paying jobs, got married, had kids, etc.
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