Now your hooked. You go out once or twice a month, buy your own gear, maybe even an agg HK headband, and have a lot of fun playing but then you wonder if spending all this money is the best way to spend your money. After all you are having fun right? But what else could you have done with that money you have spent so far?
Now you're really hooked, and good too. You are playing D2 PSP and you practice three out of the four weekends a month and when there's a tournament that month you are playing paintball every weekend that month. You go through thousands of dollars in gear, paint, entry, event costs, travel fees, all to play a sport that you have gotten absolutely nothing out of but a good time, having the opportunity to meet awesome people, and all that intangible and unforgettable things that paintball is one of the only sports to offer at any scene.
When you look at paintball, all the money you have gone through to play, all the money on gear, all the time on the forums, all the part time jobs that have been sacrificed to go practice or play in an event, all the missed social events, relationships that have been lost for this near intangible sport, why do you play? Only a select few can say they play for a source of income, companies are the only ones really making money (I cant imagine being a team owner).At my level, and at 95% of the average tournament player's level, and 100% of basically any one else, we don't play for prize money or major sponsorships or for jobs, we play to have fun and to be with friends and to make the most fun with our lives. Sure thats what we aim for but paintball markers are not that accurate; accuracy through volume but an 18% win ratio won't put food on anything.
How would you justify playing D2 paintball, the hardest division to explain why you play to anyone: the middle child of the divisions, or paintball in general? Everything that you can say for the other divisions doesn't make sense; I just play to have fun, or for the upper divisions; I play because I'm good and get free stuff and money. Granted almost all D2 players are amazing at what they do, but they are not the best or the worst of the sport.
D2 seems like the place of paintball in which you are gonna go somewhere with paintball, be it the once a month weekend baller or the guy that actually goes semi pro or pro.
My main point in this, besides asking why you play and what justifies that (as well as do you even need to justify playing paintball to other people), is I believe this is where I am. I'm in a place in which I'm either going to go somewhere or go home.
I also think tournament paintball, as well as paintball in its whole, is in the same place, its either going to keep expanding into something huge or it's going to go to back what it was 5 years ago because it is clear that paintball is practically at its height of technology, popularity, and arguably the venues. Is paintball going to keep going on and is this just the beginning to an awesome popular sport or is this were paintball will level out in terms of popularity and participation?
Edited by Master_Chief, 04 January 2013 - 01:54 AM.