isoaker wrote:The note about small kids having problems handling larger ones and crying if hit by larger streams is solved simply by not giving them the larger blasters. There is room for lighters water blasters for the younger crowd while having better performing blasters for the older group.
isoaker wrote:A little more tweaking may show improvements in the area in future models, but of course, time will tell.
DX wrote:In the neanderthal days of K-modding, people would lop off the whole PRV
Well, not that much soakage.
The note about small kids having problems handling larger ones and crying if hit by larger streams is solved simply by not giving them the larger blasters. There is room for lighters water blasters for the younger crowd while having better performing blasters for the older group.
Style and performance can go hand-in-hand, but there's also a limit. One can only go so far with styling for a water blaster before you really begin compromising their capacity and potential performance. That said, think happy thoughts for future developments.
CA99 wrote:I do have a question to raise: What does BBT do with the unsold blasters they have to buy back from stores? Is there any possibility for them to resell these items say, around the web? I'm curious because the WW Gorgon was still listed on Walmart's site, shown as being available at my local Walmart, but it wasn't picked up on Walmart.com's search function, only by Google. However, it still said "limited stock" for my store. The people there however, couldn't find anything. From here, I'd like it if there was some way to order it online from BBT. Perhaps I could email and ask them myself.
marauder wrote:You have to explain things in terms that kids will understand, like videogames^ That's how I got Sam to stop using piston pumpers
Misconception: The water warfare community is too small to make a difference.
Reality: Our water warfare community is on the smaller side, but as most know, we are having effect in the creation of stock water blaster weaponry. Now, many members may feel that changes are not enough or happen too slowly. However, the group should really be truly appreciative of the opportunities presented and understand that some changes, while they may seem simple to make from a modder/homemade-builder view, are not so simple to do when it comes to mass manufacturing a water blaster. The number of considerations that go in every water blaster design are far more than I am willing to go into and I know I would not be able to capture all the nuances of various decisions made regarding why some things make it and others do not or are postponed. All I can say is if you really want to promote water warfare and see the creation of better stock water blasters, keep on dreaming, commenting, and for those inclined, modding and building to create your ideal water blaster. Good ideas can make their way into products; it just takes time, but never think that no one is listening and trying.
CA99 wrote:If we look from 2006 to 2013, by far the largest improvement has been to ergonomics, while some blasters have had nice performance jumps (such as the Gorgon or Vindicator). I suspect that the reason BBT hasn't continued increasing performance lately is perhaps because they want to develop a more ergonomic higher performance blaster, which the Colossus or even Colossus 2 could be a stepping stone for. Perhaps BBT has made improvements to durability/design too, but I haven't been able to judge this firsthand with the latest blasters. I'm a bit skeptical however, considering how close my Vindicator got to breaking before I reinforced a trigger arm piece. (Stiff ball valves over the years really mess things up.)
One could argue that the real problem are the CPS's themselves, and that if they weren't around anymore, we would be content with having 1HS games with BBT's and all the blasters would be balanced. This is an odd argument to say the least (odd enough that I was the only one who came up with it), and still doesn't truly solve anything nor take water warfare to another level.
CA99 wrote:The cost prohibition also appears to be the reason why stuff breaks so easily. Valve control arms/systems tend to fail after years, as noted in the High Stress Plastic Parts thread, coupled with stiff valves that lack lube. Still, I'm uncomfortable with the idea of throwaway blasters, or blasters that have to constantly be cared for and repaired, but such is the way things are made now and it seems to be a requirement in order to profit. On one hand, you save money from making stuff last longer. On another hand, people have to buy a new one again in a few years anyway.
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