Laser tag is a tag game played with lasers. Infrared-sensitive targets are commonly worn by each player and are sometimes integrated within the arena in which the game is played. Laser tag has evolved into both indoor and outdoor styles of play, and may include simulations of combat, role play-style games, or team building activities.
Laser tag is popular with a wide range of ages. When compared to paintball, laser tag is painless because it uses no physical projectiles, and indoor versions may be considered less physically demanding because most indoor venues prohibit running or roughhousing
Indoor Laser Arena
Indoor laser tag is typically played in a large dark arena run by a commercial laser tag operator. The packs are tightly integrated with the devices inside the arena. The arena devices, and the packs themselves may be linked into a control computer for scoring and control over game parameters using radio equipment or infrared links. The game computer often serves to control other game effects and to manage player scores.
Most laser tag game modes involve two or more teams. While it is possible to play successfully and have fun without teamwork (most groups of young children will have the most fun just running around and shooting), teams that work together toward their mutual goal have the highest chance of winning a match.
- A good way to introduce teamwork is to assign players to pairs. This encourages them to watch each other’s backs and learn to be aware of their teammate’s location and condition.
- Another way to promote teamwork is to give each team a pre-game strategy period. Let the teams walk around the field for a few minutes and discuss their plans. If they need help, point out places on the field that are good hiding spots or areas where people can move without being seen, and suggest that players take on roles that are suited to their abilities.