I wasn't suggesting that all of paintball switch to this model, I was offering it as another option to the many that already exist. T
Very, very, very valid point right there.
All of you seem to forget the paintball manufacturers in the equation. What do you think would happen if the entire industry started shooting less and less? The quantity of product they move would decrease, and the revenue they generate would fall - again. I would bet that paint prices would increase just as they were in the 90s. There were more factors to the cheaper paint prices than the process becoming technologically easier... Their business model depended on paint volume (bulk manufacturing and sales).
There are multiple reasons I think the economics of paintball are the opposite of what was stated here.
1. Paintball has half the participants now as in 2007 and paint is priced lower than it ever has been.
2. Each individual person may use less paint but if you cut the price of a sport in half, you will get more participants.
If you look at paintball as a sport, people who play it absolutely love it--more so than any other sport I have ever been a part of. Now think about the reasons why people quit or dont play more. It usually comes down to cost or the feel something is unfair (maybe the teams or the refs or the rules etc..) Correct me if I'm wrong, but cost if is the #1 reason people dont play more paintball and you lower the cost, you get more people.
what you are missing, is the history of paintball is like that of ANY technological sport.
people will shoot as much as they can afford. and they will win roughly accordingly.
i know, lots of people will bitch at that statement, but its true. sometimes you have to just put cases in the air to win. and if you doubt that, go to ANY national level event and tell me games arn't won and lost, and events arn't won and lost by the time and money spent in preparation, and at the event.
I agree with you, but I think that is something that can and should be fixed.
I think that every sport should have an "unlimited" class to break out your checkbook and find the best equipment and the best athletes. This is what advances a sport. What I was proposing was an additional class that is not about how much you spend, but the decisions you make on the course. If you have such a class, and it's restricted to the point that everyone has equal equipment then you see who is best at the sport and not who has the most money.
I race sailboats and 85% of what it takes to win is money. (Some yacht owners will even hire someone professionals to sail their own boats for them, in recreational races) But soccer or basketball you can, and often do, go out and see a broke-ass fool schooling every one on the court. This is because those are sports that everyone can afford the equipment it takes to be #1.
So my proposal was that there be an option that everyone can afford to be #1. Because I think we would all rather have paintball participation numbers closer to soccer/basketball and not yacht racing.
the popularity of these types of "classes" is always the problem with them.
even things like pump nights and days, despite there being a large pump community here, are rarely heavily attended. building an entire field off the idea ... you will run into popularity problems.
you will also run into kick back from poeple who will follow the letter of the rules, but not the spirit of the rules.
the best non-paintball version of this i can give is chump car racing. the rules state you are supposed to buy a $500 car and race it. but its not that simple. you can do as much labor to it as you want, and you can sell stock parts, and use the money to buy modified parts. by the time you are done, most chump car cars, while the owners only paid $500 dollars for the car, the car actually cost the owner about $7,000
and that's what it takes to win in chump car, and if you don't do that, if you just buy a $500 dollar car and go try to race it, you will lose.
I understand exactly what you are saying, human nature is to maximize our advantage. All of our ancestors did and that is why we are here.
It's interesting that these classes are unpopular. I had never planned on mentioning anything online, because the "class" I mention here is a very different game than air ball. So much so that I thought none of these players would be attracted to such a game. However, as I kept reading through the forums there is the constant theme of "I can't afford tournaments cause i dont have a sponsor" "how can i make money for paintball" "I dont have enough money for ___" So I thought there is an easy solution.
The reason I came up with the idea of this class is because I ran a paintball course at a camp and this gave me a unique opportunity to experiment with the campers.
The first thing that struck me was how engaged my test subjects...i mean the campers... were with the game. (Exponentially more so than any other activity including jet skis, ropes course, giant swing etc.) I surmise that it may have something to do with that fight or flight instinct we all have. It is a mock life or death situation that seems to appeal to the very core of our existence.
It was a great insight into human nature, I had youth pastors ready to throw down on a regular basis. I ran all kinds of experiments: Pumps or Semis. Letting rich kids buy more paint. "randomly" (I made choices that werent random) giving extra paint. Setting the emotional tone by changing just a few words in the pre-briefing.
My conclusions after more than 3,000 campers:
1. The biggest factor in maximizing enjoyment is perceived fairness of the game and immediate accountability. People didnt like it when others got more paint or when I "accidently" didnt bring enough semis and some people had to play with pumps.
2. People like semis far more than pumps. (campers were, on average, first time players with little skill)
3. The amount of paint did not matter. I varied it from 20-100 balls. And it made no difference. (The exception was if they heard that another group got more or they had played on my course before and got more.) If a group didnt know any better and I gave them all 20 balls, they would still have the time of their lives. Of course, I then never played with more than 20 balls. (below 20 seemed to lead to some pretty pathetic games)
4. Race, religion and socio-economic background made no difference in integrity...the only thing that mattered was immediate accountability.
Edited by PBphilosopher, 22 March 2013 - 03:48 PM.