|Nope. No war influences here:)|
I don't know about you, but I would much prefer to see someone openly holding a brightly coloured Nerf blaster in public than to NOT see a concealed real fire arm. Still.. alarmist public outcry IS what it is, and mostly based around ignorance and fear of the unknown. I don't think anyone in the HVZ club would have done anything violent or anti social- so such a ban on campus has more to do with public perception rather than ACTUAL acts themselves. Soo.. how do we go about educating the general public that this is really NOT a violent hobby?
Guns and violence tend to go hand in hand in the media; it's probably the reason why Nerf have spent so much time pushing fans to call them "blasters" in a bid to detach themselves from killing and inflicting any form of pain. It doesn't really help though, because whether Nerf want to admit it or not, they're producing toy guns and the fans, young and old go crazy for this sorta thing. Both performance and aesthetic mods just bring our blasters that one step closer to the real thing, and it really doesn't help when you've got over zealous fans (especially on the Nerf Facebook page) who make constant comparisons to REAL firearms and war situations (and then there's the odd psycho kid who talks about wanting to inflict actual PAIN) due to their love of first person shooters.
|If I had a dollar for everytime someone said "but what if someone modified the darts with pins"|
The backlash against Nerf wars comes from the general public's lack of understanding that it's OK to like toys when you're a grown up. You can still pay your taxes and raise your kids and like toys. It doesn't make you a freak. Well.. it does to them. And to be brutally honest, you can't half blame them. We are, grown ups, playing soldier, holding pretend guns and hence pretending to kill people (even if they are pretending to be the undead) and this notion scares people. Because if we're pretending.. doesn't that mean deep down we have that inclination? Right?:P
|Late night after hours access office lazer tag was the best..|
|All ages waterfight. pic courtesy of shanghaisherry.com|
And finally, here's the thing though folks- the more kids ask for Nerf to replicate real weapons, the more likely 1) Nerf won't do it, and 2) people will just think you're a dumb fat kid with wannabe war fantasies 3) the media will have a field day with it, scaremonger the general public, and Nerf will have to dumb down their blasters so much that they'll look like something out of a Nickelodeon cartoon and boast ranges of 3 feet. Wanting to cause pain is generally not considered to be good social behaviour by most people's standards, and wanting to hurt someone is right up there with torturing puppy dogs and being below average IQ as far as the anti social scale is concerned. We want the public to embrace this awesome hobby and not see it as something bad.. and in turn we have to not given them any ammunition TO find anything bad:)
It's the whole ethos of Urban Taggers; dumb, out of the box blaster fun for the masses. Our fans wonder why we don't get into modding and wars? It's because we'd like to believe we're the guys smoothing things over to the masses so you guys can:)