Paintball 2.0

Need a completely free game? (And delightfully, free as in speech, as well as in beer, published under the GPL). How about Paintball 2.0?

Less bruising than real life.

Using a modified Quake 2 engine (but not needing Quake 2), what it exchanges in graphics it makes up for in speed. And although simple, there’s some really nice level design here. As you’ll have guessed, it’s a multiplayer paintball game. But unlike real-life paintball, it doesn’t SUCK OUT LOUD. Wow, I hate paintball. What a stupid, stupid way to spend your time. It bloody hurts, and the only way it can possibly be fun is if you get to vet every single person taking part for being not a complete shithead. But that won’t happen because whenever you play there will be a group of neanderthals from a stag do, who think it’s just so bloody funny to ruin everything by playing like morons, ignoring all the rules, and shouting their oh-so witty nicknames for each other before belly laughing at them for the 945th, then announcing just quite how much beer they’re going to drink that night.

However, this doesn’t appear to happen when playing Paintball 2.0. You can download the Windows and Linux clients from here, which are only 20.6Mb and 23.3Mb (1.44 and 1.63 Peggles respectively). You’ll then need to set up an account (launched from within the game), and then you’re in.

A quick tip: to make jumps that seem impossible at first, leap while still running up the slope before the obstacle, and you’ll get a boost.


  1. Turin Turambar says:

    Ok. Now, tell us how you really feel about paintball.

  2. yns88 says:

    I went out paintballing with my school’s computer science club, so I think it’s a bit redundant to say that there wasn’t much bellowing about beers and the like.

    However, it was freaking dark out, and everyone’s goggles were fogged up, so it was mostly “shoot the bright-colored obstacle and hope you hit someone hiding behind it.” All said and done, I’d rather be playing TF2 :)

    (I have not yet commented on the game because for some reason it is downloading at a snail’s pace of 9kB/s. The worst part of Christmas is having to put up with your parents’ shoddy ‘net connection).

  3. Narvi says:

    I don’t get it. Isn’t paintballing what you do because you can’t play Unreal Tournament in real life? What’s the point of digitizing it when you can just play Unreal Tournament?


  4. Willem says:

    Boo John! Paintballing is fun. You get to shoot people! Yay!

  5. Ben Hazell says:

    I went paintballing against the Iranian national paintball team. No nicknames, no beer, and just a little bit of shooting intothe air. Fear them.

    I like paintballing. I find it more fun to see it as a game of movement not shooting. The best paintball sim out there is Gears of War…

  6. THX-1138 says:

    Didnt you write for Airsoft International John?

    Is this where the hatred originated?

  7. John Walker says:

    It’s very important that no one at Airsoft International ever see this post. Um, someone hide the internet.

    (Also, THX, are you stalking me?)

  8. Sir Elderberry says:

    “I went paintballing against the Iranian national paintball team. No nicknames, no beer, and just a little bit of shooting intothe air. Fear them.”

    Recently, they developed a paintball delivery system the likes of which have never been seen. To craft this wonder, they require huge amounts of electricity, and being eco-friendly types they did not wish to use oil. Thus did the Iranian government begin a top secret program to obtain a new means of generating electricity, so that the paintball world would know and fear the name of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

  9. Kim says:

    It’s all fun and games, until someone from Byker Grove is shot and blinded.

  10. Del Boy says:

    “oor noo, Peejay’s blynd!”

  11. WCAYPAHWAT says:

    Heh. My father ran a paintball business when I was younger. So often people out for a day of fun had to deal with a stealthy sniper who appeared to be on no ones side. I miss being a kid…

  12. Masked Dave says:

    Paintballing is brilliant, just too expensive.

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  14. Wholly Schmidt says:

    Haha, I went to college with the guy behind this. Glad to see he’s still doing, uh, this.

  15. Radiant says:

    Damn right paintball is expensive.
    It was like I was being robbed; but I had the gun.

  16. TinMan says:

    The full source code to this game isn’t available for more recent versions…

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