Laser Tag and the Evolution of the Experience

What started out as a combat simulation intended for the military in the United States in the 70s and 80s, has now become a hobby that has spread to many other places around the world.

Laser Tag

There is some confusion to distinguish the Laser Tag from Paintball, and even from Airsoft. All three are shooting games in which you must beat your rivals along with your teammates. But, beyond this general concept, there are many differences between them. In this article, we aim to explain what the Laser Tag consists of, and what the technology behind it is to make it work.

What Does it Consist of?

First of all, what is the Laser Tag? Also known as Laser Combat or Laser Game, as their names indicate, it is a sports game that simulates a confrontation between two teams. Players have a weapon whose projectiles are infrared rays and with which they must hit opponents.

Each one has a series of receivers that count the successes and add points. As in most competitive games, the side with the most points during the game wins.

What started out as a combat simulation intended for the military in the United States in the 70s and 80s, has now become a hobby that has spread to many other places around the world. Especially because of its similarity to Paintball, which we mentioned at the beginning, and its great advantage over it for children, since there is no impact of balls and, therefore, there is no risk of it hurting or staining.

Likewise, the Laser Tag can be developed both outdoors and indoors, although it is usually located in closed spaces, conveniently set with dark lights, corners and palisades from which to cover yourself. The scenarios, as we can deduce with so many possibilities, are of fundamental importance in the game, and much of the fun depends on them.

What Material is Used?

To play, you need a Laser Tag weapon, which is usually either a smaller pistol or a submachine gun. It is an intelligent and electronic weapon that, in addition to shooting infrared rays, has a small LED screen that lights up when you hit a shot; and a speaker, which also announces the target, so you have no doubts.

You also need a vest equipped with Laser Tag technology. Their peculiarity is that they have built-in various sensors, which receive infrared rays and light up and warn when someone is right. Thus, both one and the other find out. These points are spread throughout the body. One at shoulder and chest height; another one further down, in the gut area. The third is located on the back, and the fourth is on the same gun.