Airsoft and paintball are two remarkably similar sports that were invented almost simultaneously on different sides of the globe, for different reasons and under very different circumstances. In America and around the world the two sports quickly became associated with each other and even began using the same parks and fields.
The question of which recreation is “better” is an entirely personal one. Some people don’t like that airsoft BBs don’t leave marks, some people don’t like that paintball guns lack the realism of airsoft guns. In recent years companies have tried to address the downfalls of each sport and now they are even more alike. Some paintball guns now look like real guns. Some Airsoft BBs now come filled with paint, although you can’t actually buy them because they are terrible.