Jump to content


Member Since 04 Oct 2008
Offline Last Active Oct 10 2013 04:47 PM

Posts I've Made

In Topic: Shenanigans?

06 August 2013 - 07:18 PM

It all comes across as drama to create views with the hope to get more $$$


Money?  You think this is all about money?  Wow, and you guys call ME cynical?


Ok, it's fair.  I've used the line "follow the money" a lot myself so it'd be hypocritical of myself to get angry about it.  So let's roll with that.  For the record, yeah, I'm not wealthy and I've been having issues.  Any paycheck I can get goes into paying off medical debts that, statistically speaking, may never be paid off in my lifetime.  It sucks being uninsured in America.  But blog postings and videos are not going to pay that off unless I get numbers in the hundreds of thousands.


And besides, as far as I know that blog is not monetized (if there's ads on it I didn't put them there) and the video response to Mike was intentionally not monetized specifically becasue that kind of video is not something I want to make money on.  I don't know about the rest of you, but I use ad blockers anyway so if anyone has ads I never see them.  So to me, that's all a wash.


No, posts like the one I made is about more than "making a few pennys".  My interest has been, and remains, the future.


I'll try to keep this short, which is difficult because I tend to look at this holistically.  So, opinions.  Paintball isn't a sport, it's a buisness.  It's in the buisness of selling an image.  That image currently is "you can do anything you want in paintball."  It's how they pick up a lot of their demographic of teenagers who are usually in the "rebellion" stage.  You suck them and their parents dry by telling them "HEY!  Wanna be cool?  Buy this gear, attend this tourney, go to this event, and you'll someday be as awesome as your heroes.  And you want to be cool like them, right?".  Heroes that make self-promoting videos on youtube so they seem accessable 24/7/365.  So the industry supports the e-celeb who sells the image that "I play paintball and I'm cooler than you, and I can do anything I want to do, and you can too if you buy this gear", players support these guys through page hits and by buying the products they endorse.


The problem is that this model is awful for long term growth.  Without maturity and restrictions, you can't have growth as a sport.  Restrictions make it so that you don't burn out all at once.  Maturity gives a sport perspective enough to weather out bad times without worrying about failure.  As paintball players have seen time and time again the 3-5 year rotation is very real.  Fortunately, there's as much an inflow of players as there is outflow, but as we saw with the "PAINTBALL IS DYING!!!!" trend a while back, that's very volatile.  It also creates a toxic environment in which players are all about "themselves", and not a "community".  When everyone is trying to "take", and nobody is "giving", you run out of resources (real or social).


That is what "this" is all about.  Looking at a symptom with the hopes that it will get people to look at an overall problem.  Mainly that every 3-5 years, we get a full rotation of players when it SHOULD be "every 3-5 years, our paritcipation doubles".  Ironically, when I look at individual sports like snowboarding, they manage to keep participants invioved for a lifetime.  Snowbaording is a gear driven activity too, and they have celebrities who make videos that they sell on DVD, but they also manage to do it without burning people out.  I think the key is that snowboarding has an understanding that "money won't buy you skill" and they have celebrities who have a sense of maturity about how they present themselves and their sport.

Ask yourself if the actions you see a lot of these painbtall e-celeb guys do would EVER fly in real professional sports.

In Topic: Shenanigans?

03 August 2013 - 01:52 AM

Or, ya know, Tyger might be saying that he's had enough of the 3-5 year rotation crap and would have liked to seen some progress in paintball as a legitimized sport rather than "spinning it's wheels being happy to get mentioned as a punchline in a sitcom".  Or perhaps Tyger was trying to convey that these "E-Celeb" people have the means to really make something good with their fame that will last and make a difference and help people but instead piss it away for subscribers, bigger fame, a cheap paycheck and a good ego stroking.  Or it might be that Tyger realized some time ago that the "puppy dog and rainbow" approach wasn't working, so instead decides to go with brutal honest opinions in the hope that paintball might have been mature enough to handle it.


Or perhaps Tyger was saying goodbye.


Who knows?  Nobody asked him.

In Topic: RedBull does not support Paintball AT ALL?

12 February 2013 - 06:09 PM

Do you think it has more to do with the lack of a professional request, and less to do with the sport itself?

That's a part of it, but I'm looking through a longer lens here.

Over 10 years ago CocaCola entered into an agreement with a paintball marketing company, but nothing really came from it. Coke looked at our community and ran screaming after seeing the attitude of the players, organizers and producers of events. It was 1 $20+ Million dollar deal as I recall it, and it was all flushed down the toilet because of the attitudes.

Specifically, the cheating and justifications of it. The poor sportsmanship and the encouragement of that attitude from the powers that be. The lack of any kind of organized progression, lack of discipline or punishment for on and off field behavior of the athletes and so on.

Ask yourself this. PSP is one of the largest series in the game now. Why isn't Coke, Pepsico, McDonalds, Red Bull, Budweiser, Nike or in fact ANY major corporation sponsoring it now? Paintball has poisoned the well so long ago large companies won't touch the game. They see the players as a detriment, something they don't want to associate with their brand name. In fact the only people sponsoring paintball events are paintball manufacturers. Think about that. The only industry willing to support the tournament scene is the same industry that's also selling gear to it.

So to get to your question, sure, the letter could have been more professionally drafted. But the response of "we don't even touch paintball" does not surprise me in the least and I'd been shocked if they'd given any other response to even the best intro letter. They won't touch paintball with a 10 foot pole (let alone a 15' Sweede) and I'm not shocked.


In Topic: RedBull does not support Paintball AT ALL?

12 February 2013 - 05:36 PM

We got gatorade to sponsor us last year, as well as monster this one. Not sure why redbull wouldnt care. Thats right, paintballs image is the one with people running around in the woods shooting at each other.

That's not valid, because Redbull sponsors HALO tournaments. (http://www.redbull.c...001242983986415) So they have no problem backing battle simulations. I think the answer is a LOT more basic than that, and it's the same reason paintball has been a hands-off sport for most large corporations.

We have a bad reputation, and the sport is doing nothing to stop it.


In Topic: Music and helemet/barrel cam videos

14 October 2012 - 07:48 PM

Huhwha? Somoene called?

Oh! MUSIC! I can help.

First of all, editing down the video is actually the ONLY way to go. 30 minutes of waiting isn't worth the 30 seconds of payoff, even if it feels important to the plot.

Second, music is probably the second most important part. You can set a mood with it, easily. If you're looking for good CC stuff, here's my main go-to resource. http://incompetech.c...c/royalty-free/ Read the FAQ, it's CC by attribution. Meaning you give him credit on the video, you're cool. OR, $30 (I think?) gets you a license to use it without accreditation. And he's got a TON of stuff, and it's actually good enough to be used commercially. WELL Worth the time to browse. You'll hear some familiar stuff in there.