Paintball is a game First played in 1981 in New Hampshire, in which players compete, in teams or individually, to eliminate opponents by hitting them with capsules containing paint (referred to as a paintball) from a special gun called a paintball marker. The game is regularly played at a sporting level with worldwide leagues, tournaments, professional teams and players, but is also used by armies to supplement military training.
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 legality of paintball varies between countries and regions. In most areas where regulated play is offered, players are always required to wear protective masks, and game rules are strictly enforced. Despite this, the game and it's associated equipment has attracted some controversy worldwide due to incidents of injury on and off the playing field, and criticism due to it's military theme.