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Eli_Dunne Thursday, January 3rd, 2008
Period of
Field Use:
4 years
Last There: December 31st, 2007
Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Other Fields
in the Area:
I usually play at Conquest, a field that is hands-down better organized and more fun to play at than HSP...
Review: I've 'balled at HSP four or five times now. Each time we go, my buddy and I swear it's the last time we'll ever play there. Well, we mean it this time.

We went there on New Year's Eve after family/work obligations sabotaged our Sunday routine. I have never been so disappointed. It started with a phone call to the girls in the pro-shop. I asked them what kind of paint they had for sale, and they rattled off a few; including Zap Chronic. Since HSP is usually field paint only, and I play with a medium/large bore fixed barrel gun, paint size is really important to me. Chronic and Marbs are about the only quality paints that won't roll out my barrel.

When we got there, all they had was some tiny, poor quality field paint. After a long drive and an erroneous tailgating ticket, I just wanted to play some effin' paintball. I bought some paint, loaded up, and went onto the field. The beauty of larger fields really stood out when I was eliminated right off the break on my first game. Rec-ball wasn't meant to be played on a speedball sized field.

The atmosphere there is lacking the community vibe you get at other fields. A lot of players there wear obnoxious tourney apparel, pink headbands, and shoot fast guns they don't know how to maintain. Ordinarily, these guys don't bother me. Their metrosexual garb and bad attitudes do little to disguise the fact they're hiding in the back, shooting a thousand rounds in a ten minute game. It's when their 'win at all costs' dogma influences the renters that I get mad. If you're one of those "I won't call myself out until someone does it for me" types, you'll fit right in. The staging areas are the worst I have ever seen at a mainstream paintball field. Barrel plug rules are not rigorously enforced, and players dry-fire their markers wherever they please.

While there are unethical players and refs at a lot of fields, HSP's apathetic staff has created a zero accountability haven where thieves and cheaters call the shots.

Unacceptable.

Edit: My opinions are based on my cumulative experience playing at Hollywood Sports.
Last edited on Thursday, January 3rd, 2008 at 4:05 am PST
 

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