Mike, I called out Carter and company over there, so I can't very well leave you off the hook.
I love what you're doing here, but what the hell are you thinking with this? It seems as if you're desperate to make it you against the 'net. Like you have to have a conflict with PBNation and MCB.
I think everyone's seen the source of the conflict, from back in May. I don't think you were wrong in being upset about the way that they treated you. But I don't think they were wrong to be upset at the way that you behaved, either. If you reread that thread, and try to do it with clear eyes, I think you really can see where you were more hostile than you needed to be.
And instead of letting it drop, months later you brought it up again and you said, and I quote, "Fuck you Carter". Now, yeah, that kind of thing is hysterical. It endears you to the kiddies who are your primary audience. But what did you achieve? Personal glory?
You and Carter are both pillars of the paintball community these days, whatever you intended to be initially, and regardless of what anyone else thinks. And both of you have a crew of sycophants who'll always tell you that you're awesome and the other guy is a jerk. But neither of you has behaved very well through this.
So what have the two of you achieved with all of this? You've managed to create a feud. You've managed to create yet another situation where two parts of the paintball community have a conflict between them. It wasn't bad enough that we had MCB vs. PBN and TechPB vs. PBN, now we're going to have TechPB vs. MCB too. Why? TechPB and MCB have a different audience, but much the same message. Good, reasonable discussion. Calling out the industry when it needs it. Respect for the old school. Building a better paintball communty.
I hope you'll think about how this conflict reflects on those principles. Someone is going to have to handle this like an adult, swallow their pride and get on youtube to put out a video that's got an apologetic, conciliatory tone. Someone's going to have to say, "You know.. You guys were right. I was kind of a jerk. Sorry. Let's forget about it."
It may not work. The other party may be too entrenched to get over themselves. But at least it will let all of the grown-ups know who's really got the guts to look past their own ego, and behave better than the masses. At best, you stop a feud that doesn't need to happen.
Remember when the IAO was pretty much the biggest event in paintball?
When it had the biggest, most awesome tradeshow? When all of the new products came out there?
Remember that those were the days when 'new products' meant wildly new designs, insanely inventive new markers and gear, and even wild new styles of play? Remember when National had their big dealer sale there, where dealers could pre-order all those crazy new toys, and get their hands on prototypes?
Remember when it was "Oh my god, how in the world do they come up with this stuff?" instead of "Oh, wow, this year's guns have some awesome mild and incremental improvements! A full /ounce/ lighter!"
When everyone waited to see what kind of deals big news would come out of the player's parties?
When everyone in the industry used to hang out together, rather than sue each other?
When the center of the paintball world unabashedly revolved around amateurs?