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- 08/16/16--23:45: Cybergun Launches Direct Online Airsoft Sales In Europe And U.S.A.
- 08/17/16--23:30: Konami Announces The "Metal Gear Survive" Video Game Post Kojima
- 08/18/16--23:23: U.S. Marines To Get A Lighter & More Accurate Intrusion Detector
- 08/20/16--01:13: The KRISS Vector AEG Is Finally Made Real --- By A&K?
- 08/22/16--23:04: “No Easy Day” Author To Pay Authorities $6.6 Million Over Book
- 08/25/16--22:49: It’s The Ground Zero National Airsoft Festival 2016 Weekender!
If your mother tells you to eat your fish served during meals, better listen to her, as she might be on something to make you a better warfighter when you grow up. The U.S. Army is studying how Omega 3 would be able to boost the cognitive process of soldiers in cooperation with the Medical University of South Carolina.
The study, which started last August 1, 2016 and will last until the Spring of 2018, a voluntary, double-blind placebo trial to see if it indeed Omega 3 fatty acids can help in the brain functions of soldiers. The study’s protocol specifically targets young soldiers going through Infantry Basic Officer Leadership Course or Ranger School will be clearly under stress when going through these programs.
"We're assessing cognitive processes. Specifically, we are studying concepts such as decision-making and attention and impulsivity, and we're doing this with computer-based cognitive tests," said Bernadette Marriott, Ph.D., professor and director of the Nutrition Section, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at MUSC.
"We're hoping to learn if we can improve cognitive performances under stress, because these young people, who are going through (the Infantry Basic Officer Leadership Course) and Ranger (school), are clearly under stress during specific times in their programs. We're testing them during those times."
Photo: U.S. Army Soldiers during a Ranger Course at Fort Benning, GA.
Those in the study will either be given capsules with Macadamia nut oil, which does not have Omega 3 or Krill oil which is in Omega 3. The participants will then be assessed that will measure inhibition and rule-monitoring, attention and information processing speed, psychological resiliency, working memory, reasoning, vigilance, focused visual attention, anxiety and mood state.
The results will be published in scientific journals and will be made available to interested organizations that are also researching into benefits of Omega 3.
If there is indeed improvements in the cognitive processed of soldiers in the study, even if it is a small one, then airsoft players might want to plan on having diets with food that are rich in Omega 3. Apart from Krill Oil, sources of Omega 3 are fish such as Salmon and Tuna, walnuts, flaxseed oil, egg oil squid oil, edible seeds, and more. There are many commercially available Omega 3 capsules that can bought over the counter at groceries, pharmacies, and nutrition centers.
If many in the airsoft community have not heard about this move by Cybergun to conduct direct online international airsoft sales, well, we cannot totally blame them. Cybergun usually makes announcements to financial news outlets rather than to their actual customers given that they are the only airsoft company that is public traded. Any disclosure in company plans, including earnings announcement, are made to financial markets and government regulators.
Popular Airsoft reader Jim Mcgee sent us a link about the plans of Cybergun in the USA, but following the link, it is a plan to do direct online sales with their latest acquisitions on both sides of the Pond, Shorty USA and AD1 Airsoft in France.
Here is the rough translation using online tools of the press release by Cybergun last 9 June 2016:
EUROPE: THE INTEGRATION OF THE VALUE CHAIN IN ADDITION TO THE CURRENT DISTRIBUTION NETWORKS
The European strategy of direct sales on the Internet, which will revolve around the site AD1 now available in France and gradually deployed on the target countries, aims to control the value chain, especially for the sake of better control of the sale price . This policy must be twofold effect improved margins while supporting current product distribution networks by creating a uniform price reference for the group's products.
In parallel, the new version of AD1 website will create an experience "phygitale" by combining online purchase and delivery shops. CYBERGUN be able to strengthen traffic in the Group's customer distribution networks. These partners may include offering service benefits and thus retain their level of end customers increasingly demanding in terms of price and service.
The new version of AD1, ergonomics and design completely redesigned to optimize the user experience and translated into several languages will be available during summer 2016.
Hugo BRUGIERE, Vice President and CYBERGUN CEO, said: " With the acquisition of AD1, CYBERGUN stepped into the digital age that should have been at the heart of its strategy for 10 years. Part of the delay is being filled. Now, we move forward on this new playground and go compete live those who do us harm us but to all our customers for many years. It is indeed for us to support our network of existing customers who also suffer enormously face to sites for dumping of Airsoft. A regular working contact with our customers to adjust the strategy and ensure that everyone is a winner!"
UNITED STATES: A POSITION TO PROMOTE AGGRESSIVE COMMERCIAL OFFERS
Regarding the strategy in the United States, CYBERGUN group intends to use the site SHORTY USA including a 100 000 fans on Facebook and present client portfolio in all United States. Again, CYBERGUN fills a gap by becoming a full player in the market of online sales.
On this market, besides the strategy deployed in Europe (new price reference system, integrating margin distribution and support network of distribution partners), the Group also provides for the establishment of an offer OUTLET popular locally. This offer will accelerate inventory turns on some end of life products.
Alongside this announcement, Beatrice BOLLING, Director of Marketing CYBERGUN group, said: " We now have a powerful tool to facilitate the destocking operations while preserving our margins on the one hand and to actually take the place of ours on the second web. This strategy is obviously a more global vision of conquest social networks and viral communication. "
TWO NEW REVENUE SOURCES OF 2016
The two websites - already operational - were recently bought by CYBERGUN and contribute to the turnover of the Group on year just to open on 1 st April 2016 .
CYBERGUN redeemed Dolomède, publisher of the site AD1, based on an enterprise value of EUR 600 000 paid mainly by conversion of debts.
Hugo BRUGIERE concludes: " With both, our internal resources and our external partners, we are passing a new milestone. Having on our side to Dominique Board ROMANO, whose knowledge of the keys to success on the Internet is well established, has a real chance. It is also the administrator in charge of monitoring the case and we are delighted."
The big question is if this strategy by Cybergun will be welcome with open arms by their resellers in North America and Europe given that they will be in direct competition with them (most probably not). This usually creates some tensions between manufacturers and their distributors or resellers that some may just drop Cybergun products from their shelves and would rather deal with other airsoft companies that are not in direct competition with their retail sales.
With setbacks in previous years such as dwindling revenues and losses in their previous attempt in the video game market, Cybergun, under its new leadership, will need to find revenue sources to make their shareholders happy.
What is the Metal Gear series without its creator, Hideo Kojima? It is really hard to imagine how the series will continue without Kojima as he moves out of Konami to put out his own studios. With the divorce, Konami are announcing a new title under the Metal Gear franchise post-Kojima. Called the “Metal Gear Survive” and players will have to survive fighting what looks like to be zombies in this game.
Metal Gear Survive takes place after Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes with a group soldiers from soldiers from Militaires Sans Frontières getting sucked into an alternate universe through a wormhole when these started appearing in the sky. Being put into an unfamiliar place, the characters will have to fight their way back home, with droves of zombie-like creatures out to get them.
Sounds interesting as zombie shooter games are always popular among video gamers. Even the Call of Duty franchise has a zombie mode. But a letdown for players, apart from being not a Kojima creation, is that Solid Snake is not in this game.
Four players will need to cooperate to survive in the game and in keeping with Metal Gear tradition; stealth will play an important tactic with covert operations needed to be done in order to escape biological threats. As said in their press release, they have a “brand new co-op, Stealth game that takes a divergent look at familiar Metal Gear themes and pursues a fresh spirit of exploration in unique gameplay mechanics.” Apart from pistols and rifles, a bow and arrow is now introduced in the game, which is much better to use if you are talking about using stealth weapons.
Will players bite with this game that does not have the signature of Kojima? It remains to be seen and perhaps is just a way for Konami to wring whatever revenue they can still get from the Metal Gear franchise, which may have written off with the departure of its creator.
Metal Gear Survive will be released to Windows PC, Sony PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Xbox One in 2017.
The U.S. Marines are going to get new gear that Milsim players would wish they could have in long range and long weekend milsim events, a new and improved intrusion detector. The Magnetic Intrusion Detector II (MAGID II), can detect vehicles and rifle-sized targets that are within its electromagnetic fields.
Easier for the Marines to use and harder for the enemy to spot, the MAGID II gets fielded six months ahead of schedule. It is multi-directional, meaning that it can detect movements in all directions, unlike the previous gear which was only unidirectional, or only able to detect movements in its line of sight. Also, it is much lighter to carry as it is half the size, about one-third lighter, and more energy efficient than its predecessor, in this news report posted at the Marine Corps website:
“We fielded the MAGID II early to Marine Corps intelligence squadrons,” said John Covington, project officer for the Tactical Remote Sensor System in MCSC’s Marine Intelligence program office. MAGID II is part of the Corps’ Unattended Ground Sensor Set, a Tactical Remote Sensor System component. “The new device is 50 percent smaller, 33 percent lighter and uses 32 percent less energy than its predecessor. The modernized MAGID provides not only target detection and direction information, but also magnetic disturbance readout, indicating the size of the target.”
Photo: Preparing the ground sernsors by a radio operator from the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit ground sensor platoon
Covington also added that the MAGID II works with other USGS devices such that detect seismic, acoustic and infrared activity. These devices allow continuous surveillance and giving better situational awareness for operational leaders with lesser personnel as compared to the previous system.
With less people to man the more accurate intrusion detection system, this means that Marines will be able to avoid fair fights, and making it more an unequal battles with them having an advantage with the information they have on enemy movements.
Whilst we are waiting for an AEG version of the KRISS Vector that is being developed under the Krytac brand, it looks like they will be beaten to reach the market by the Chinese airsoft manufacturer, A&K. In this unboxing video made by Taiwan Gun posted last week, we get to see for the first time A&K’s take on the KRISS Vector AEG:
We have reached out to Krytac, which is the airsoft division of KRISS Group, to enquire if they have fully licensed this AEG to A&K, or perhaps are having A&K as the OEM for the Krytac KRISS Vector AEG. Once we hear from them, we’ll post their reply here on Popular Airsoft.
If you can still recall, KRISS Group took away the license for KWA in 2013 to produce the KRISS Vector for the airsoft market for reasons that they will not publicly reveal. Before that, KRISS was happy to have KWA as their partner in the airsoft market, but with disputes between the two, KRISS decided that they had to create an airsoft division, and thus, KRYTAC was born with some key KWA USA personnel joining them. They announced the plans for a KRISS Vector AEG in 2015 and here is a prototype version shown at the SHOT Show 2016 in Las Vegas:
(Update 21 August 2016) An interview with Allen Lau of Krytac on the Krytac KRISS Vector AEG by AirsoftDB and Airsoft.nu during the SHOT Show 2016. Airsoft.nu also posted an earlier story on the A&K KRISS Vector AEG:
If there is no licence taken by A&K to produce the KRISS Vector AEG, it is not the first time they did this. Previously, they produced the Magpul Masada ACR AEG without a licence from Magpul PTS (now PTS Syndicate), and were stopped from further releasing without until they took a licence from PTS. We do expect the KRISS/Krytac will take action on this even if there are no trademarks used by A&K on the KRISS Vector airsoft replica.
In this case, the trade dress of the Vector is distinctly identified with the brand of the KRISS Group, and that means they have a strong case to demand that A&K can cease and desist from making a replica, especially in the USA.
Just like the case of the A&K Masada ACR, A&K will release this until it is legally not allowed to in the markets that their KRISS Vector AEG will be sold. For airsoft players wanting to own a KRISS Vector AEG without waiting for the official Krytac version, this will be a small window of opportunity until the lawyers and courts take over.
Two days of some of the most competitive airsoft practical pistol shooting action took place last 13-14 August at the StrikeForce CQB in Gloucester, United Kingdom. The Airsoft Surgeon Practical Pistol European Championship 2016, the fourth in the series, saw over 150 shooters in the various divisions and categories. This makes it the largest international airsoft practical shooting event in this part of the world, if not the whole world.
I arrived on Friday, the 12th of August, taking care of work concerns and totally missed the RO Pre-match which was handled by the ROs in the UK, led by Justin Cooper of the Watford Practical Pistol Club (WPPC). They came in early in the week together with the Airsoft Surgeon himself and RedWolf Airsoft UK to set up the courses of fire and ensure that shooters get a nice welcome when registration opens on the 13th.
It was already early evening when I checked in at the hotel. I had barely set my bags down when Luuk van Hulten, a member of the Dutch shooters and of the NABV, sent a text message informing me that they had reserved a table at TGI Fridays in Gloucester Quays, the place to go to for a night out when you are in the city. After a quick shower, I rushed to join them there. Also joining us were Paul Wignell of Team ASG and Lars Hagemann of the CZ IPSC Team who flew in from Denmark for ASG to try competing in Action Air for the first time and at the same time had a scheduled knockout single stage competition against the Airsoft Surgeon himself.
It was a pleasure to see the Dutch shooters after being with them during the Dutch Open 2015 where they were magnificent hosts for those who competed in the event and will do so again late this year. As always, it was always a racket whenever I join them, and taking advantage of the reputation of Fridays whenever somebody celebrates a birthday, the whole restaurant staff come in full force to greet the celebrant a happy birthday. And our group had two celebrants for that night (sorta) and it was a riot.
Too bad the night was just starting but we had to call it early since the big day’s tomorrow and all the shooters will need to be rested. By 2200H, we said our goodnights with me walking back to my hotel as others went back to Travelodge or Ibis as most were billeted there.
Arriving at the StrikeForce CQB at the Morelands Trading Estate the next day, I saw the shooters all geared up and ready to go. It was around 0900H when Chris Kong and Clarence Lai, the Airsoft Surgeon, called the shooters for the final briefing before the competition officially opened, with Justin Cooper, the Chief Range Officer, setting the rules of the Championship. Also for the first time in the European Championship, a 9-year old boy in the form of Kiko, will be competing in the Junior Category. The Hong Kong shooters were in attendance as well and they have been sweeping the awards in the past three years, and they were expected to do so again this year.
16 Stages were prepared for this year, with 10 needed to be accomplished on the first day, and the remaining 6 for Sunday. The Courses of Fire (COFs) were of various degrees of difficulty. Some will be quick to do go through, others will need shooters to move fast on their feet, and some will test their ability to balance themselves whilst trying to do accurate shooting. All courses have been designed by the organizers to ensure that they will challenge and bring the best out of the shooters.
Since it was a warm summer weekend, it was somehow even warmer inside StrikeForce CQB, heated up some more by the intensity of the shooting competition as shooters try to best the times of their competitors as well as their own. Even for me, who was not a competitor, felt the need to rehydrate always, as I needed to follow the shooters with my cameras at the various COFs.
By 1600H, most the shooters have gone through the stages and those who were done for the day were already at the fun shoot area, which was the knockout stage in the “Airsoft Surgeon vs Lars Hagemann” bout. Before 1700H, the single-stage shootout took place and all of those present were treated to some of the best airsoft practical shooting skills shown by two legends. The stage had revolving targets, making it harder for the shooters to hit them quickly as the rotation will surely confuse the shooter. The audience were held in suspense as the results were not announced and instead Chris Kong of RedWolf Airsoft UK, invited everyone to join them for a BBQ night at the RedWolf Airsoft UK HQ in Tewkesbury.
For those who still had energy, which fortunately, were most of the shooters, found their way to Tewkesbury. I rode shotgun in the car of Surawoot “OB” Tanasen of Airsoft Media Ops and already found some already there by 1800H. More cars arrived with Chris Kong and Clarence Lai firing up the grill to start the burgers and ribs as hungry shooters arrived and started queuing up for food and drinks. The night was spent talking about what transpired during the day and anything about airsoft. For those who haven’t visited the RedWolf Airsoft UK store, they were inside admiring what was on display and even doing some evening airsoft shopping.
By past 2100H, the tiredness started to set in, which means we had to call it a night since it’s going to be another long day on Sunday, even if it is the last 6 remaining stages. Though for the Dutch, they had a night cap at TGI Fridays again, going for a round of their beloved Long Island Iced Tea before their day was finally complete.
I came in a bit later than the rest the next day. I had to check on some online stuff that delayed my going back to StrikeForce CQB. I was an almost an hour later, as the shooting resumed before 0900H and I arrived around 0930H. Good thing I was not missed so I quickly got my “shooting gear” on, meaning my cameras and do what was expected of me for the weekend, cover the event and show all the shooters at their best.
The day actually went fast and past 1300H most shooters were already done with all the stages, although there was a bottleneck at Stage 6, delaying the closing ceremonies. Oh well, the shooters who were already done tried their luck to best others at the fun shoot, going through the Knockout stage course used yesterday to win a CZ P-09 airsoft pistol, courtesy of ASG.
Finally, by 1530H the closing and awarding ceremonies started, with the Airsoft Surgeon and Chris King being the masters of ceremonies. They first congratulated and thanked all the shooters who came and making it another successful year; and they then thanked and showed their appreciation to the sponsors such as MadBull Airsoft, RWA, ASG, Airsoft Action, Shield Sights, Viper, and PTS Syndicate and also their partner sponsors such as the various shooting clubs, Airsoft Media Ops, and StrikeForce CBQ.
From there, a long period of raffle announcements and giveaways followed; ensuring that most, if not all, of those present were be able to go home with something, a raffle prize, a giveaway, or even better, an award in the shooting divisions and categories. Even Popular Airsoft got to get home with a glass appreciation award.
After some waiting since it took more time to calculate all the scores, Justin Cooper was able to submit the final scores and winners for the emcees to announce. Trophies were given out though I have lost track the names of the winners. I will be posting the list of winners as soon as Chris Kong sends me the list as an update to this report.
The winners were ecstatic for having won in their divisions and categories. For them it is much deserved for giving their very best and being better than others. For those who did not win, commiserations to them, and for them to work even harder for next year’s championships. There are preparations for the Inaugural IPSC Action Air World Shoot that will be hosted by Hungary in 2017. So far we have not received much information regarding preparations for this world shoot which will be the highest level Action Air match.
The Airsoft Surgeon European Championship's growth over the years has been constant, with this year having over 150 shooters joining, shows that more and more airsoft players are trying their hand in airsoft practical shooting. Of all the various types of competitions in Airsoft, only airsoft practical shooting or Action Air (which is the official designation by the IPSC), is the most mature and institutionalized competition. With clear cut rules, matches, levels, and even schedules, Action Air competition shows a lot of potential for even further expansion in Europe. If you are a competitive airsoft player, you better look into Action Air if you want to start bringing home medals and trophies.
Hopefully, as Nigel Streeter of Airsoft Action Magazine puts it, the Airsoft Surgeon European Championships will soon have a change in name and be called the “Airsoft Surgeon World Championships”. It does have a nice ring to it and hopefully gets organised before the decade is over.
Photos of the Airsoft Surgeon Practical Shooting European Championship 2016 are now online at the Popular Airsoft Facebook Page. Videos of the event will be posted on the Popular Airsoft YouTube Channel.
Congratulations to all the shooters, winners, ROs, supports, and organisers of the event!
The death of Osama Bin Laden was one of the biggest news in 2011, and further etched the US Navy Team SEAL Six into military history for the daring raid in Abbottabad. One of the members of this team, Matt Bissonnette, writing his account of raid under the name of Mark Owen, released the “No Easy Day” book in 2012 and became a New York Times Best Seller.
However, according to Federal court documents, Bissonette violated non-disclosure agreements by not submitting the manuscript to the Defense Department for clearance. In a settlement agreement with authorities, he will be giving to the government all the profits and royalties derived from the book and movie rights, totaling around US$6.6 million which he has to pay the bulk of it within four years.
The purpose on why Bissonette would need to submit to the Defense Department for clearance of his book is to check if he will be revealing classified information given the sensitive nature of his work being part of a special operations unit tasked with executing highly classified missions. However, Pentagon never brought charges against Bissonette after opening an investigation if he revealed classified information or not.
Also part of the settlement, Bissonette will apologize for not following rules on disclosure procedures of the Department of Defense. For the U.S. government, it will dismiss other liability claims for its part of the settlement.
“No Easy Day” is about Bissonette’s service and his experiences in action in Iraq and Afghanistan including his involvement in the rescue of the crew of the Maersk Alabama in 2009 from pirates off the coast of Somalia in the Indian Ocean. This rescue mission became the basis of a Tom Hanks movie, “Captain Phillips” released in 2013.
With the loss of profits from “No Easy Day”, Bissonette still has an opportunity to earn with the release of another book that has been cleared by the proper channels. “No Hero: the Evolution of a Navy SEAL” is also written under the Mark Owen pseudonym that was first published in November 2014.
The organisers of the Tantalum Contract 6 surely have some surprises leading to the event this weekend. The first one is that it is the first airsoft event that will be played on two continents --- North America and Africa. The second one is that an injured airsoft player unable to join them will be able to play remotely, from the comfort of his bedroom (or game room perhaps?).
On its 6th edition, the Tantalum Contract will have Scarlet Tactical organising the South Africa part of the event. For those who have not heard of the group, whilst they organize recreational airsoft games and airsoft force on force training for the military and law enforcement agencies, they have an even more noble objective, it is a company on a mission to save South Africa's endangered rhinoceros species. And to use airsoft as part of the training to help rangers in the protection of the rhinos is very much notable.
You might wonder how an injured player will be able to join in the Tantalum Contract 6 game remotely, with the first thing coming to your mind about some software or mobile application that has been specifically made for use in airsoft games, and there are already existing apps available. But in this case, Ronaldo Fourie of Scarlet Tactical, mentioned that their solution is simple.
But before we get into that, Fourie explained that they have an injured player though the the injury is not airsoft related. In this case, the “disabled/injured” player figured in a motorcycle accident and is unable to play airsoft for at least 6 months. Fourie said that their player misses airsoft so much that and I assume that he would be gutted if he won’t be able to play in the first Tantalum Contract event in South Africa. With that predicament, Fourier and Scarlet Tactical decided to use a very popular app to help him join in the action.
As Fourie further explains:
Tech is amazingly simple (As fixing problems the simple way is what we do in SA) --- Smart phone and Whats App. Also used Google earth for sat maps, etc. for the command and control of players. All comms was done via Whats App Voice Notes, Text, Video and photo. Command gave orders via text or voice note. Team comms with command via text or voice note and intel or objectives achieved was sent via video or photo for conformation.
It’s amazing simple as they use already existing and free applications for some sort of a Command & Control System to allow their injured player act as the coordinator of the action of one group. Also, they have already tested the adhoc system in an event that they call “Block Lockdown” which was a night airsoft operation.
Photo: The General ready for game to command and control the SF team 70km away from his bed.
It will be interesting to find out how this pans out this weekend. But what Scarlet Tactical has proven that there are already existing tools online that many airsoft players around the world are familiar with that can be used for airsoft. No need to spend on other software or applications if you are on a budget, and just being creative about using these free applications for airsoft.
The Tantalum Contract 6 will take place on the on the 27th of August 2015 and will be held at the EMR Paintball in Pennsylvania for the U.S. part and at in KwaZulu-Natal for the South Africa portion. We are curious on how both took place once we get their AARs.
I’m back to writing about Virtual Reality again. If you remember before, I wrote about Striker VR’s Arena Infinity VR Gun that gives haptic feedback to simulate recoil. It looks like something even much better will be soon available in the real world for Virtual Reality fans to use than just simulating recoil. This device actually helps you touch and feel objects in the virtual world.
Enter the Dexmo Glove from Dexta Robotics. This is a mechanical exoskeleton glove that can capture the full range of your hands’ motion and gives feedback when you try to touch and feel virtual objects. And this means you can feel the size, shape and stiffness of the object you are touching virtually. Sounds kinky, isn’t it?
Dexmo is really a cool technology that helps you immerse in the VR that apart from a 360-degree view of your digital world, since the ability to touch makes the experience even more interactive than ever before.
As an example for airsoft players, they will be able to feel a virtual gun, they can feel it firing when they pull the virtual trigger and allows them to virtually do some reloads. The can do pump action with a virtual shotgun or even draw a virtual pistol from a virtual holster. Now, it is up to the games developer to take advantage of this software development tools that Dexta Robotics will make available for those who intend to develop applications for the Dexmo Glove.
Apart from gaming, there are a lot of possibilities for using the Dexmo Glove, be it in education, training, and medicine. In medicine, doctors can simulate a surgical procedure on a virtual patient with the Dexmo Glove, especially for a very sensitive procedure before doing it on the real patient. This can help surgical teams to learn about potential problems that may arise and develop responses before the actual surgery takes place.
The Dexmo Glove is a light device so it can be powered by battery and work wirelessly. With precise motor control, variable stiffness is achieved.
Road to VR has a good story of Dexta Robotics, including an interview with Aler Gu, the CEO of Dexta Robotics.
With Virtual Reality goggles/headsets are much affordable and more developers working on content and applications to work with Virtual Reality, just imagine playing the first person shooter games that many airsoft players engross themselves when not out playing airsoft. Perhaps, from a mechanical exoskeleton glove that can help players touch digital objects, a full exoskeleton that can be plugged in to the virtual world and that will give a full body virtual experience.
Not much for me to really write about this event since it’s just about to start today. In what is the biggest airsoft event in the UK and one of the biggest airsoft events in the world, the Ground Zero National Airsoft Festival 2016 (more affectionately called as the Ground Zero Weekender by veterans), over two thousand players will be converging again at the Ground Zero Woodland in the Somerley Estate, Ringwood, Hampshire.
It should be a weekend of fun, fierce airsoft firefights and wild nights as it has always been all through the years. Many veterans would say that it is 60% socials and 40% airsoft, and that we can agree with. What makes airsoft players keep on coming back is the camaraderie and of course the offerings of the Ground Zero Weekender for the different types of airsoft players, from laid back ones to the serious milsimers.
And oh! Did I forget to mention about the hundreds of prizes that will be given away to lucky participants? From airsoft guns to gear, it is probably the only airsoft event that has tons of prizes to give away in the UK, if not in the whole world.
Rain or shine, muddy or dusty, nothing will stop the players who have booked their slots from going to this annual event. For newbie airsoft players in the UK, the Ground Zero Weekender is pilgrimage they have to make in their lifetimes.
Looking at the NAE Facebook Page, the final touches by the organizers, led by the H himself, have already been put into place. The Ground Zero guys are ready for the arrival of players today.
This weekend, all roads lead to Ringwood for the National Airsoft Festival and we’ll be there to cover the event again as we have done all through the years.
See you there and be prepared to exchange BBs with us!