I was rereading the Middle Grounders post (whose comment section was graciously ignored by all visitors) I wrote a while back and the associated World Dominance - Airsoft vs. Paintball post. Mostly because it seems to be a topic of interest for some. Steve over at 68 Caliber and Baca at view From the Deadbox, both recently touched on the subject again because airsoft was a topic of discussion at the recently held Paintball Festival.
It seems some are worried that adding airsoft to a paintball playing facility to expand its offerings would be detrimental to the health of paintball, namely it would take potential paintball players and turn them into airsoft players. To be honest, I don't disagree that would probably be the case.
But going back to the Middle Grounders post, I spoke about a field owners' need to find the middle ground in their paintball offering. Somewhere where the game is fun and exhilaration and adrenaline is flowing heavy enough to get people excited enough to come back, hopefully over and over again, but not so extreme that the desire to come back is diminished. Right now airsoft would be chosen by many because it's a game of tag where the discomfort level is very low in comparison to what most paintball fields are offering.
It would seem that if some ingenious inventor/engineer would be able to invent a projectile that would be less painful than a conventional paintball, but still had decent marking capabilities, had range as good as or better than current paintballs, that would be the answer to finding a middle ground between paintball and airsoft. The projectiles don't necessarily have to be goo filled spheres. We need someone to think out of the box. Perhaps coloured pellets, larger than airsoft pellets, so the physical sensory level is slightly higher, made of a material that breaks apart on impact and leaves a coloured powdery residue, as well as a puff of coloured dust in the air around the impact point visible from a decent distance.
Any takers? Let me know if you need a business partner.