Quick thought for the day here. Watched this vid, seen via popular airsoft.
The actual poster of the vid asks what would you have done? Have a watch first…
I guess we can expect to see more of this as HD cams become cheaper and more frequent. My immediate thought was like may I suspect “what a cheating b*****d!”
But backing up a bit a few things occur.
We have no context. We don’t know if the video star has had an afternoon of shooting players who refuse to call and was frustrated and decided to do similar. Despite the video we cannot actually see the BB’s hit him only his reactions which we draw the inference that he was hit. There is so much we don’t see.
I also thought about my own play. Like everyone I hope I’m a sporting player, I like to think I call my hits, I occasionally even shout a “good shot” to whoever got me. I try not to overkill, and I like to giver players the chance to surrender rather than take a painful close range shot, and I try not to shout at people I’m convinced aren’t calling hits…
Do I manage to live up to these ideals all the time? Of course not. Can any player honestly say they have called every hit? I don’t mean intentionally necessarily, but when ricochets are flying, your webbing gets hit, you’re wearing a bit soft shot absorbing ghillie, or you’re in the middle of a dash for cover did you call every hit? Really?
Now consider this. That one time you don’t notice it, or were convinced it was a ricochet it gets videoed and put on youtube by an irate player. Is that likely to make you more or less sportsmanlike to players you don’t know?
Not sure myself, by all means show a ref to back up a complaint. Fair play to the guy who made the video for not losing his temper, but this now smacks of vindictiveness, which is no more gentlemanly than deliberately not calling the hit in the first place.
Controversial I’m sure. I’m certain we’ll see more of it in the future, just not convinced it’ll enhance the sport.
Expect a bit of a hiatus at the moment due to the news that Swampy has got a new recruit!
Congratulations and best wishes to Mr and Mrs Swampy on the birth of Miss Swampy Jnr, or Lily as she will be better known. Delivered last Monday with everyone healthy and safe I’m sure everyone will join with me in wishing all in Chez Swamps all the best for the future.
Finally someone in the Swampy household who may be able to shoot straight!
Some good news for all the airsofters in the North East, yet more opportunity to shoot your friends!
Mick at NSC has announced a new site and increasing their game days from fortnightly to weekly to play alternate weekends at their new and existing sites. The site is near Beamish and from the photos I’ve seen should be a cracking play. One to visit as soon as I can!
All the details you need, including the inaugural gameday on the 27th Jan can be found on their website and forum. More places to play and more opportunities to get new players involved, that has to be a good thing!
Raptors would like to wish all our friends and their loved ones, to all the sites we visit, all the players we meet and play alongside & also the OPFOR that make it such sporting fun a fantastic Christmas, and a peaceful, safe and happy new year.
We’d especially wish those that aren’t at home, or those that have loved ones away serving at this time our best wishes for safe returns.
Here’s to a BB filled 2013! – Spider & Swampy
We don’t really do much in the way of kit reviews as we only talk about kit we actually own and use, and obviously nobody sends us free stuff to comment on and review (although if you are manufacturer or retailer and are looking for a mention we have negotiable morals depending on the size of the freebies!…)
But saw this via Popular Airsoft. It is actually the first Airsoft Weapon in a long while that made me think “I want one now!”… Now all that remains is to find the price and eta!
Are you a student type in Newcastle?
Do you like, or think you may like Airsoft (lets be honest why wouldn’t you?)
Then keep an eye out as they’re trying to get a Airsoft Society off the ground. They already have the obligatory facebook group up and running, make contact, say hi, get blamming. Much better than all that studying crap…
See you on the battlefield.