Why Nerf Is The Ulitimate Sport
Posted 13 February 2005 - 05:10 PM
The first reaction I usually get when I tell people about nerf is, " What, plastic guns, yeah sounds like a real sport," with an overly sarcastic tone.
You see they are totally convinced that anything that doesn't involve a small, open, flat surface with brightly colored opponents running into each other at some point in the game isn't a sport.
Now if their IQ is high enough I'll sit them down and explain it to them what I'm about to tell you.
Nerf, though never given the title, is in almost every way the ultimate sport, incorporating physical, mechanical, and tactical abilities into a single sport.
Physical: This aspect is fairly obvious, you need to be somewhat physically fit in order to take hits, dodge, and evade incoming fire, as well as successfully launch a hit & run barrage.
Mechanical: This is mainly in the pre-war phase, it is the art of modifying your weapons cosmetically and internally. You see cosmetically as stated in one of my prior articles as well as stated by cxwq a good paint job can easily fool an opponent into thinking it is more powerful then it is. And as on occasion, due to bulk you may need to drop a blaster while on the run, and it needs to be able to take a hit. If a gun is poorly assembled or re-assembled it would break, costing you time and money.
Tactical, pretty obvious one here, standing in one spot and shooting isn't going to work no matter how much you want it to. If you want to survive more than five minutes you're going to need to learn at least basic techniques: back-peddling, makeshift cover, psyche-out, and home terrain advantage. On an open field such as well, any of the mainstream sports football soccer, hockey, basketball, or baseball you don't have to worry about cover in the form of trees or even hills for that matter. I can bet most of the major league athletes wouldnít stand a chance if someone threw a tree or a bush into the field.
So you see despite the lack of publicity, Nerf really is one of the best sports that exist today.
After explaining all that the person usually simply responds with, "well then why don't you just paintball?"
The answer is simple, reusable ammo, cheaper weapons, and parental restrictions.
So next time some moron insults your hobby tell them this, then belittle their sport.
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Posted 13 February 2005 - 05:24 PM
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Posted 13 February 2005 - 06:35 PM
There are also so many guns, so many barrel materials, and so many spray paint colors that almost no two guns are alike. You can do anything with you guns unlike paintball and airsoft where there are company made upgrades.
"if anyone gives you shit about being a geek, just remind them that all their bases are belong to you." -Talio
Posted 13 February 2005 - 07:18 PM
"If you cant feel the stupid bullets, how can it be more extreme than, like airsoft or paintball?" I shot him with my loser- modded lbb. Now he is proud owner of An sm 350, An nf, And an n-strike, And though he is a beginner, has succesfully completed a barrel mod on his nf!
Posted 14 February 2005 - 12:57 AM
Call me NSF
Posted 14 February 2005 - 08:56 PM
Edited by NerfMonkey, 14 February 2005 - 08:56 PM.
Posted 15 February 2005 - 03:06 PM
Edited by Viper, 15 February 2005 - 03:09 PM.
Posted 15 February 2005 - 05:57 PM
Posted 15 February 2005 - 06:40 PM
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Posted 15 February 2005 - 08:13 PM
Not to start an argument, but Amen to that!
Viva Nerf, Nintendo, and Bush.
Posted 16 February 2005 - 09:28 PM
although, whether nerf is the ultimate sport, is an opinion, it beats the hell out of any other sport I've played.
Regardless, nerf is stuck in a "no man's land" of sorts. It's too "Violent" to be largely accepted by adults, and to "Kiddy-like" to generally be accepted by teenagers, and too "unsafe or painful" to be accepted by younger children.
I think about this alot, and I can come to only one conclusion, that the only way nerf can shed its "Kiddy image" is to shed its bright colors, its child-targeted commercials, it's suction cup darts, everything that makes it "Nerf" and turn it into the next airsoft or paintball. That's a risk I get the distinct feeling that Hasbro isn't willing to take.
that's my two dimes.
Edit: What the HELL was that for, Thirst?
Edited by Tinkerer, 16 February 2005 - 09:30 PM.
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Posted 17 February 2005 - 07:52 AM
Posted 17 February 2005 - 09:16 AM
First off, I think it's great that you young guys are able to express your love of Nerf in words. Really, you should be able to do it about everything in your life. While most of the stuff you guys have said has been said in the past, it's nice to see people who are willing to stick their neck out and be honest with the way they feel about Nerf. It's also nice to hear that people are interested in the game rather then just the forum/community aspect, which we all know there are those types of members. Good work, keep it up, the game needs a strong revival.
Tinker has a point but I think there is one big factor that him and most people aren't acknowledging about Nerf. Simply put, it's geeky. You're taking a childrens toy and turning into something that warrants safety gear. I know that most of you here are teenagers, and I know because of that you feel a sort of resistance against using the word "geek" to define yourself. I am here to tell you that if you are reading this post, you are a geek. It's really not a bad thing. Geeks have more fun. Besides, if anyone gives you shit about being a geek, just remind them that all their bases are belong to you.
I really don't like the comparison of Nerf with other types of war games. Sure their are similarities in that you are shooting at another person, but there it stops. The point of Nerf is to get in your friends grill and hump his corpse. Unless your face to face in your opponent where it really would be more effective to punch him, your not experiencing Nerf, and you will never be happy with it. Unless you can dodge, and feel the pride of a perfectly lead and arched shot popping off of someones forhead at a rediculously long range, your not getting the full aspect. If other people find this to be violent and childish, that's there loss. Personally, I don't mind that Nerf is a cult hobby.
Posted 17 February 2005 - 05:38 PM
What the HELL was that for, Thirst?
Put simply, I would rather have a forum where I dont have to put up with Falcon's self-promoting-hot-crap shit. This doesnt even deserve another comment, I want Falcon to stay at nhq.
Edited by THIRST, 17 February 2005 - 05:40 PM.
Posted 17 February 2005 - 10:00 PM
Me neither. Nerfing is unique for many reasons prevously discussed, but one of my favorite reasons is its obscurity. I am not usually into mainstream sports that much, so I enjoy some of the more lesser-known pastimes, such as Nerfing. I hate comformity, and I have the weird hobbies to back it up.
Personally, I don't mind that Nerf is a cult hobby.
Posted 17 February 2005 - 10:39 PM
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