|Airzooka. "can you mod it to shoot darts?":P|
Fans are always going on about distances; it's this pursuit that resulted in modders existing in the first place. Blasters like the Longstrike get absolutely slammed despite it being recognised as one of the best looking blasters Nerf have ever released mainly due to it's ordinary performance (and really, it's not even that bad) and people are always so caught up with how far things can shoot that they'll even go as far as building their own home made blasters. Ugly as sin, but damn they go far..
It's been demonstrated that distances can be achieved using alternative ammo- it's confirmed that X-ploderz blasters get some serious range compared to foam; Jakks Pacific's upcoming Max Force line is reported to hit 100feet ranges out of the box with glorified spitwads. Nerf's Vortex is looking like it'll do similar distances with their new XLR discs. And yet the critics are still sceptical- mainly because of the fact it's not with foam darts. Whenever any new blaster comes out, the first thing everyone asks is "can it be modded to fire foam darts?"
Interestingly enough, one of the biggest debates on Nerf is "Nerf vs Airsoft". Airsoft doesn't shoot foam darts either, and yet we entertain the notion of Airsoft being something that deserves consideration as a 'rival'.
What's even more puzzling is the concept of stefans and other r+d put into creating better darts with more weight and more robust foam than the traditional stock variety. We're no longer comparing apples with apples now are we?
So what is it that's really important to us? What about the way the blaster looks? We at UT tend to put a lot of weight on aesthetics above all, but I admit if this was the only aspect we cared for, we'd not bother getting projectile blasters and just stick with glorified props. Nope, we need it to shoot.. SOMETHING. We cut our teeth on water blasters and always have laser tag warm to our hearts; sure we're loving foam but I admit I really enjoyed poppin' out marshmallows at my fiancee...as long as we can get some confirmation of a tag, we're happy:)
I'm interested in hearing your views, fellow taggers. What's really the clincher for you? What's important to you when purchasing a blaster? And what is it about those lil' tubes of foam that excite us so much?