It’s just better outdoors, that’s all.

by michael on October 13, 2010

in Paintball Information

Paintball outdoors

Is it wrong to even consider indoor paintball?

There are a lot of things I really love about playing paintball, but it wasn’t until I read an article advising people how to start their own indoor paintball company (weird article huh?) that I realised that part of my love of the sport is because it’s played outdoors. I guess paintball doesn’t quite get the ‘outdoors’ tag as obviously as sports such as mountain biking and rock climbing as it’s largely a team sport, rather an ‘extreme’ pursuit. After all, dull games like football and cricket are also played outdoors too.

However, my point is that nothing beats crawling through the undergrowth, diving behind a fallen tree and then taking aim on your opponent – with a few branches in the way too, just to make it a bit more tricky. If all of this was transposed indoors, the result would surely be pretty dull would it not?

I’ve Googled it. It certainly looks pretty dull.

Much like tournament paintball, indoor paintball really just uses great big inflatable’s to break up the game zone – not a burnt out bus or wall of oil barrels in sight. In fact, the only advantage I can think of playing indoor paintball over outdoor paintball is that you won’t get as muddy playing it. However, this is also a big disadvantage to many players (myself included), as where’s the fun in staying clean?

I’d really like to hear from anyone that has played indoor paintball. Did you enjoy it? How does it compare? Why not just play outside?

  • Jason

    You have a very narrow view of indoor paintball.

    There are plenty of sites around which stray away from the inflatable scene. Maybe you need to look further a field the Scotland!

    I grew up playing indoor paintball at a site in the 90s called “Challenge” This site was legendary and is still talked about today despite in being closed down over 15 years ago.

    Benefits of indoor paintball

    1. Controllable light.

    The ability to play darker game zones during the day but with the ability to play during the evening.

    2. Temperature

    Cool environment in the summer warmer than outdoors in the winter. Better for mask associated problem and hopper/barrel breaks

    3. No mud

    Most of the outdoor sites I’ve played at look great on website photos, but in reality when you get to the game zone you often find all the popular features have had so much foot traffic over the years that you don’t bother going near the good bunkers.

    How many times have you seen people loose there trainers in the mud at outdoor paintball sites? Be honest!

    4. Less paint use (cheaper day)

    I find that generally the closer combat of indoor paintball more fun when you actually get a confirmed hit ad you don’t have to fire 50 balls for every hit.

    5. Sound.

    The atmosphere indoors is never matched outdoors some sites even add music to the effects.

    6. Getting to know the area better.

    How many people reading this have played Call of Duty on-line?
    I am betting quite a few.

    How many prefer the game play when you are familiar with the map?
    I am betting everybody!

    Loads of different game zones may impress the delta force fraternity but these who want great game play and awareness of the surroundings will definitely love indoor paintball.

    How many times have you been on an outdoor area and been unsure of the boundary?
    “don’t go past this row of bush here”

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