Today I want to talk about a pretty controversial issue. Wiping.
Going on two years ago, our team went to a scenario in Pueblo, CO (COD) as our very very first event together as a team. For some of us, it was playing the first time together period. We had a good day for the most part, but we walked away from that scenario with a bad reputation as being wipers. It is one of our strongest tenants to this day. No single member of Anomaly will wipe, and if they do the consequences will be dire. We play honest, good, friendly paintball. The memory of what kind of paintball we did play on that day is burned into all of us. Talk about an eye-opening experience.
Wiping itself is publicly considered taboo, but how many of us have glorified the art on the speedball field? Or had our coach teach us how to wipe hits effectively? Pro paintball players are seen doing this all the time as if wiping is just “part of the game”. So, which is it? Part of the game? Or completely unnaceptable? I believe in the latter, paintballs mark your target for yourself and the person to see and recognize a clear hit. Playing this way is dishonest and frustrating for those out to have a good time.
Now, I am not an angel, I used to, and have wiped before. Especially in those moments where I just respawned in a rec game, move 10 feet from the starting bunker and a rogue ball breaks on my toe. In the heat of the moment a player may think what is actually a hit was just splatter as well. These things to me are pretty acceptable and they happen due to the nature of the game. What I am truly referring to is the player that gets hit clearly. They feel it, see it, look at it, and then wipe it and continue to play on. This player will do this 3 or 4 times in the same bunker getting hit by the same player. Then, rather than admitting they were being a bit ridiculous, they claim that they just never felt it or saw it. Plus, all of those freshly dripping hits are “old, and from previous games.”