Sometimes it’s difficult to pull yourself away from the screen or monitor, but let’s be honest with ourselves. Gamers tend to get a bad rap as far as getting outside and staying healthy, especially the hardcore FPS and MMO players. That doesn’t mean we’re not fit and healthy, but spending long tracts of time taking out noobs sometimes leaves a lot of room for improvement when it comes to getting out of the house. Luckily for those of us that can’t seem to break away from our FPSes, there are lots of options for having fun.
Paintball has been an awesome pastime for years, even longer than people have been playing video games. Picking the right loadout of paintball guns and working together as a team forms the core of this IRL squad based shooter. Tippman paintball guns in particular are known for their high quality and amazing craftsmanship. A quick online search can give you all the information you need on nearby paintball fields or shops and any groups that get together in your area. After you get your gear, you can be topping the leaderboards and pulling off sick killstreaks like nobody’s business in the comfort of your own back yard.
If getting splattered with paint isn’t your thing, then airsoft guns are the next step up. Either CO2 or spring powered, airsoft guns fire plastic pellets for a more realistic feel to combat. Airsoft guns can be found at most superstore retailers as well as specialty and hobby shops, so you don’t have to search for somewhere that sells them just to get started. Make sure to bring some heavy safety glasses, because in my experience airsoft players go for headshots. Finding a reason to get outside and have some fun isn’t all that tough, sometimes the tough part is find a reason to go back in.