Top 10 Reasons to Play Paintball

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Paintball is enjoyed by many people from all sorts of backgrounds. Just as many types of people can enjoy the sport, there are many reasons why they enjoy it. Here is a list of just a few of the reasons why I love paintball.

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Paintball is a social game. It's a chance to get away from every day life and spend some time with people you know and get to know new friends. It's a game of people, from planning playing to bragging after an epic battle. Paintball is all about people.

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Paintball is fun. There are lots of things in life that are rewarding, but if they happen to be fun while being rewarding, then they become a must-do activity. Paintball is a lot of fun to play and that sense of fun is what brings me back again and again. Every time I get ready to play I imagine what could happen and after each game I rehash what actually did happen. The period in-between when I'm trying to accomplish whatever my goal was for that game is simply fun.

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Adventure and Adrenaline

Ever since I first played paintball I've loved the adrenaline and adventure it provides. Running through the woods, hiding behind inflatable bunkers, shooting opponents and getting shot just doesn't get old. When the countdown is on before the break or as I first take off once the game begins, there is still the tingle of anticipation that goes down my neck. That feeling will never get old.

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With the innumerable varieties of paintball equipment available, there's plenty of room to play with, upgrade and generally tinker with your paintball gear. Whether its fixing a problem, adding an upgrade, or dramatically altering your gun, paintball gear is great to be experimented with.

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Teamwork and Strategy

I kind of fudged on this because teamwork and strategy don't have to go together (but it kind of gave me 11 things on my list). I love working with my team to devise and implement a strategy that leads to victory. In paintball, you quickly learn that success comes by working together and that the best strategy in the world will fail if everyone isn't on the same page. Few things are as rewarding as when you get out on the field and see a plan come together in a fun way.

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Paintball comes in many varieties. If you want to play in the woods, you can. If you want to play in a warehouse, you can. If you want to play capture the flag or some new game type or even invent your own, you can. I like paintball because no matter how long I've been playing, it doesn't get old or stale.

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I feel like I've rattled off the list of necessary equipment to play paintball: mask, hopper, tank, gun and paintballs. What I like about it is the variety that those things come in, particularly with the paintball guns. I have owned well over a hundred guns in my life and they come in different shapes, styles and configurations. I can play with a high-end tournament gun or an old (very old) pump. With whatever I choose, the game and strategy will change. No matter how many guns I've used, there's always something new to try out.

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Paintball is an active sport. While there are periods of sitting, hiding and waiting, there are lots of times to run, sprint, jump and move. It provides an excellent chance to get exercise and get my heart rate up. As long as I remember to stretch, then the exercise is always going to be great for my body.

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Paintball is played outdoors and indoors. My preference, though, is almost always to be outside. It's a chance to feel the sun and wind and to enjoy some quality time with mother nature. I enjoy all types of paintball, but my favorite has to be playing in the woods. It's a chance for me to really get out and enjoy some natural beauty while having fun and excitement in the process.

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I'll admit that I'm a competitive person. I have learned to not be overly competitive and I always strive to play with good sportsmanship. But when I play, I play hard and try to win. In paintball, you can have a good, competitive game and enjoy every minute of it. As long as I'm playing with other people that have the similar goal of having fun, trying hard but not turning into hyper-competitive jerks, then paintball is an ideal location for me to let my competitive side out.