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Paintball - A real first-person shooter

December 13, 2005|by BRAD SMITH

Picture this: You're behind an inflatable bunker. Paint is flying everywhere! Your buddies are getting picked off, one by one. You pop up, shoot one, two enemies. The only other teammate you have asks you to cover him. You, stupidly, turn to him. You're pegged in the side with a neon green ball of paint. Your gun drops to the ground and you walk away with a quarter-sized welt.

This is my main experience of paintball.

Paintball is a competitive sport in which two teams try to make each other very colorful (or "light them up," as some say).

Surprisingly, being hit by a paintball didn't hurt as much as I thought. Hits only hurt for about four seconds - unless some big meanie got too close. Then, it hurt for about 15 seconds.

There are different scenarios teams can play. You can play speed ball, which takes place in an open field with inflatable bunkers, or woods ball, which, you guessed it, is played in the woods.

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To reduce the possibility of pain, you should wear a chest plate and a facemask and a couple of layers of clothing. All the paint is washable, so if you're afraid of stains, don't worry.

Playing is such a rush - dodging paintballs, ducking behind stuff, shooting guns and hiding. I hope I don't offend any girls by saying this, but it really makes you feel like a guy.

If you don't mind a little paint, paintball is for you! If your eyes start to water from a paper cut, you're a wuss, and you should never even be near a paintball gun.

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