then me and my friend joined to make it a 4on4 match and i went to the team that previously lost. the conversation went like this
guy1: what team are you on?
me: ... yours?... (which is why i walked across the field to you guys...)
guy2: what gun is that? what gun do you have?
me: an Ion...
guy2 or 3: [profanity] what mode is it set on?
me: semi.. (at this point i'm wondering what mode their shocker/ego/dm are set to.. and beginning to be worried. in retrospect i can't believe it didn't occur to me to tell them to set their guns to semi. idiot move on my part D= )
guy2 to guy3: okay we'll rush up and you stand back and shoot, because you have the fastest gun
me: yeah... ... i'll.. hit that bunker over there...
we lost. but i took two out of four down with me atleast. teammates took down zero. did i mention the other team shot tippmans?
moral of the story: good gear does not mean you become a good player! (please re-read for emphasis)
these guys were fully decked out. high end markers, jerseys, pants, nice masks, everything. how did they play? not that great.
i call these people shells. amazing gear on the outside, no skill on the inside. (creative aren't i? [cough cough])
guys, you don't need all the expensive high end gear to become a good paintball player, you need skill. if you spend hundreds of dollars on the best gear you can buy and then go out to the field only to play bad, well... it's pretty embarassing.
so save yourself the embarasment and buy gear with your skill level in mind. if you just started, do you really need that geo? no you don't. save yourself some money and get something cheaper that'll get the job done. when other players see shells they assume they are just spoiled kids who ran to the store and pointed their finger at the most expensive and shiny stuff. if you're an older shell. well then people assume you are loaded, or atleast i do. that's not an impression you want to give people.
paintball players are on a continuum that looks something like this:
equipment > player |||||||||||||| player = equipment |||||||||||||||| player > equipment
if you're on the far left, spend less time (and money) trying to look cool and more time trying to improve
(for you people that think pokemon is still in: it's like using the rare candy cheat to have a lvl100 pokemon but not having enough badges to get it to listen to you. if you flame me [in pm's of course, not publicly] for writing this example. i deserve it. flame away. i am a horrible person. T.T)
if you're kinda on the left, you're good but you still have room to grow with your marker, so it's not a bad place to be at all. (i fall in this category =p, as do 90%, if not more, of you.)
if you're in the middle, good for you. people that fall here are, most likely, of the tournament breed.
if you're in the right, you're fine where you are. but better equipment might work wonders for you. (by this i mean, for example... upgrading from a piranha marker to a slg or g3 etc. after you hit a certain price range of guns, you're pretty much somewhere between the middle and the left) people in this category probably own a low-end marker. ever wondered how godly those few awesome pump players might be with a high end marker? yeah, this is probably where they would fall under.
please be realistic about your skill. and for your sake, purchase gear accordingly.
good gear does not mean you become a good player! (read three times while dancing like a soggy paper towel and post on youtube.)
that is all i have to say on this subject, so bye! now i must pack my stuff because i'm returning to college tommorow. joy.
This post has been edited by inkrypt: 03 January 2009 - 12:37 AM