As usual, my comments are being misconstrued as personal insults. That is not the case.
My posts were not meant to be disrespectful to Mimi and the seemingly overwhelming job she has taken on by greeting 'noobs'. as they enter the world.
I have always respected her commitment to this cause. I have defended and supported her in the past and will continue to do so given the opportunity.
Again: Zona should not be considered a place to take new members. It is plainly labeled a paintball 'playground'. Mimi has stated numerous times in the past that she gets griefed at Zona when she brings 'noobs' there. No one can expect everyone to follow the rules in ANY game. There will always be those that will continue to act out and seize the opportunity to confront new members. Is this right? Obviously not.
As I previously stated, There.com has the solution to this problem - turn Zona back into a restricted area for new members. If you take paint-balling out of the equation, MOST griefers will find another hangout.
That is NOT to say that all paint-ballers are griefers - they should never be thrown into that category unjustifiably. I have plenty of friends that are avid paint-ballers and do not grief anyone, yet they continually get labeled as such.
On a side note: It seems that everyone has been so 'ignore happy' of late - why not use those incidents as a teaching tool of the ignore feature for new members.
I will say this.. if people out there paintball as much as I sometimes boost around a buggy track, it probably wouldn't be cheap to pay for reloads again. Those hardcore paintballers would really take a hit in the wallet.
Back in the old There when this topic came up I disliked it when someone mentioned "Oh, but the buggy racers don't have to pay for gas". I always felt that the two were different. If you really think about it though if a hardcore buggy lapper/racer like myself were to pay for gas (on top of paying monthly membership) it would probably cause more people to lap less. Its bad enough that a lot of zones are empty and unused. Now imagine that with the paintballers.
I just think that we got so used to having free reloads over the past nearly 3 years that the thought of having to pay for reloads is ugly. Again, me paying for reloads wouldn't be that big of a deal since I don't PB much, but I do feel for those who log in to There just to hang out and PB with their friends.
I feel like they must have a really good reason to start charging for PB reloads again though. Like "to cut down on the griefing" or "to cover the costs with the paintgun feature", something. Thats why I am kind of neutral on this discussion. I'm just trying to see both sides. Read More...