Airsoft and Ecosphere
Airsoft originated in Japan in the 1980s as a live strategic, tactical role-playing game. Owing to restrictive laws, the Japanese are not allowed to possess firearms, but soon their proverbial shrewdness led to the creation of sophisticated, technologically refined toy guns, which they began to use to organise "war games". Soon, airsoft "fever" spread from Japan to Europe and then Italy (1989). Airsoft simulates modern military tactics and strategy with impressive realism. Two or more teams face each other (divided into opposing "factions" or "armies") to battle it out over various objectives (e.g. a flag, a territory, a base camp), while trying to eliminate each other using special toy guns (known as ASG "Air Soft Guns" or AEG "Air Electric Guns"), faithful reproductions of modern weapons, which shoot harmless biodegradable plastic pellets ("BBs") with a diameter of about 6 mm. Ecosphere is one of the leading world manufacturers of these pellets, using all-Italian processes and technologies.