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Lohman446 12-22-2012 09:57 AM

Whatever happened to timers
 
Remember that time in paintball when new hoppers were coming with game timers on them? When your backplayers were there to yell out time warnings in addition to other duties?

I have not seen one in some time.

What happened?

TechPB-Mike 12-22-2012 10:30 AM

I miss the "backplayer" net, with those fields that had the net in the back, that the back player could safely hide behind and yell out positions and commands

But anyways, very few players actually use the timers. Honestly, I think you'd get more use out of it if it was just a simple clock. I'd love to have a hopper or a gun, that just used a simple digital clock. It's extremely hard to find a watch, with a band large enough to fit over your arm, elbow pad and jersey.

I know for me, I never used the timer in my guns because it can lead to suspicion as to what you are doing. Are you trying to enable a cheater mode? Are you trying to change the dwell? Change the rate of fire? Tinkering around with your electronics as the game is about to start definitely raises eyebrows from the refs and the sidelines

Many guns still have timers on them, it seemed to be pretty important, especially with the NPPL. Some had vibration modules inside them as well, so when you got down to 30 seconds for instance, your frame would vibrate

The biggest thing, is that no one uses them, and they raise the price of the loader

Shane-O 12-22-2012 10:59 AM

I used one of those Radio Shack talking timers clipped on the back of my mask for years. Once I heard 1 minute warning, it was time to get out of the back and start cleaning up the field! LOL. I think I still have one.

Long Beard 12-22-2012 11:19 AM

I just sold 3 talking timers to HULK, here on MCB. His team uses them for scenarios I believe so they know how long they have for missions.

shredxcam 12-22-2012 11:36 AM

I use a watch at big games wrapped around the back of my gun

But for trnys no. Psp has a giant board with the time on it
And nppl isn't relevant anymore

aresfiend 12-22-2012 02:22 PM

I just use the timer in my gun, but the hot tip is to talk to the head ref at the beginning of the day and the refs at your box and tell them that you've got a game timer setup on your gun.

thumper 12-22-2012 03:46 PM

yeah.. we use a galaxy tab with stopwatch app. works like a champ to time games.

Dr. VonDeafingson 12-22-2012 04:35 PM

A lot of guns have timers built in. I know my Ego does. All of my old angels did, and they'd even vibrate (for MAr's pleasure) at three user-set intervals.

heinous 12-22-2012 05:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Lohman446 (Post 2570185)
Remember that time in paintball when new hoppers were coming with game timers on them? When your backplayers were there to yell out time warnings in addition to other duties?

I have not seen one in some time.

What happened?

i don't think paintball players as a whole have enough teamwork to use it often enough to make it a successful product.

or if they did, they would use walkie talkies, and i don't see the jt sportz comm coming back.

idkfa 12-22-2012 07:58 PM

The Matrix LCD I just bought has a game timer. It starts with your first shot and it vibrates/sounds when the time is up. I have not noticed a warning at different intervals during the countdown though, but it does display on the LCD screen continually. If I get into playing big games again I will probably try to find a cheap digital watch that fits over the wrist padding on my elbow pads.


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