What is paintball game? Where and how to play it?
Paintball is a challenging team sport that includes strategy, shooting, eliminating, maybe a little bit of pain, and of course unlimited fun. In this game, generally two (or you can higher the team numbers for more fun) different teams gather in a specially designated area and basically wage a war against each other. But of course, there are certain rules that everyone should strictly follow.
So, what is a paintball game? Where the first game played? What equipments do we need? And, where to play paintball? There are so many more questions, regulations, and styles about playing paintball. As the Hatko Sport, we prepared this article to answer your wonders about paintball.
What is Paintball Game?
As we mentioned already, it is a strategic shooting game that can be played for fun and training. The first game was developed in May 1981 in New Hampshire, America by a stockholder and outdoorsman. The first game was about a bet, that a countryman or a city-guy would have a strong instinct about survival in a wooden territory. They used a paint gun that farmers use in order to mark trees and cattle. So they gather their teams that consist of 10 people each and played the game. We don’t know who won the debate, but for sure, they created the paintball game.
So, what is the purpose of the paintball? The game is both an indoor and outdoor field game that the sizes may vary. So, the field may be natural or artificial. The aim of the game can be;
- Capture the flag,
- Attacking or defending a designated spot or area,
- Capturing hidden objects in the playfield.
The period of the game can vary according to game type, which changes from minutes to hours, or even some “scenario play” games, it can reach to days.
What is Paintball Game Equipment?
The paintball equipment may vary according to game types, or the money you can spend on a game. But there are three basic pieces of equipment that every player should have.
A paintball marker or paintball gun is the primary equipment that the players use to shoot against each other. As we mentioned before, it is originally designed to mark trees or cattle. It is a low-power airgun that uses compressed air. They have a kind of a magazine to feed the gun with paintballs. And the magazine is generally placed on the gun in order to use gravity. But more modern and expensive ones may use different systems like another compressed air system to feed the gun.
They are the ammunition of the airgun which are spherical gelatin capsules that some non-toxic chemicals and water-soluble dye. They explode where they hit and splash all the ingredients around. As we mentioned before, they may hurt just a little when they hit flesh. But the protective suit and masks efficiently protect players from paintballs. Today, their ingredients have food-grade features and they are completely safe for the players and the environment.
Mask, Goggle, and Protective Suit
Although you can play this game without these, today, these pieces of equipment are essential for player safety. People use these in order to protect themselves from paintballs. On the other hand, protective suits have patterns or generally camouflage in order to fit the playground.
Where to Play Paintball?
As we mentioned before, you can play paintball indoor or outdoor. But mostly it is an outdoor sport. So the game types are also about the playground. The general game types are;
- Speedball (or paintball),
- Woodsball (or bushball),
- Scenario (or big games),
- MilSim (referring Military Simulation),
- MFOG (Mag-Fed Only Game, that forbids bulk loading),
- Time Trials,
- Zombie Hunt (in which some stuff acts and dress like a zombie, and you hunt them).
But the general difference is about the playground. As this game is an organization, generally special companies prepare the field and manage the place as a trading field. People pay money to companies to rent the field and equipment. And the companies run the game. So, to make the game more fun and interesting, companies try to build more exciting playgrounds.
Woodsball, as we can understand from the name, is a game that people play in a natural territory, mostly in the forest. But speedball is generally played in a specially designated area that includes natural or artificial obstacles. The ground also may be natural grass or artificial turf. So, paintball companies generally prefer artificial turf in the last years, because it is easier to maintain.
As the Hatko Sport Company, we care about innovation and manufacture the best quality and high-tech synthetic turf fields. And, we improved some products, especially for paintball fields. We use three types of turf that we improved for paintball fields;
These are not the only products that we make researches and develop. We produce so many different types of sports flooring material for many sports types. For more information, you can check our website and contact us.
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