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Paintball is any game or sport, in which players compete, in teams or individually, to eliminate opponents by hitting them with capsules containing paint from a special gun called a paintball marker. Depending on the venue, games are played on either indoor or outdoor fields of varying size. A game field is scattered with natural or artificial terrain, which players use for strategic play.

Rules for playing paintball vary, but can include capture the flag, elimination, defending or attacking a particular point or area, or capturing objects of interest hidden in the playing area. Depending on the variant played, games can last from seconds to hours or even days in scenario play. The game enjoys regular tournaments for professional players and teams, held by various leagues in several countries.

In 1976, Hayes Noel, a stock trader, Bob Gurnsey, and Charles Gaines were walking home and chatting about Gaines' recent trip to Africa and his experiences hunting buffalo. Eager to recreate the adrenaline rush that came with the thrill of the hunt, and inspired by Richard Connell's The Most Dangerous Game, the two friends came up with the idea to create a game where they could stalk and hunt each other. In 1981 in New Hampshire, the group used a "Nel-spot 007" pistol to fire balls of paint. Twelve people participated in this first game, which was a "capture the flag" scenario between two teams. The winner captured all flags without firing a shot.

Wikipedia, Paintball, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paintball (as of Apr 1, 2010)

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