Incentive: 2 days
Originally it refers to an electronic mechanical system with infrared beams installed on small arms and used for Special Forces combat training. It consists of the "emitter" (actually "laser" - a laser diode, in fact - a powerful light bulb installed in the pipe) and the "receiver" - an electronic sensor that registers any change in illumination. The emitter is attached to the weapon and the receiver is put anywhere on a soldier’s body (usually on a headband). That’s it. You can participate in a “war” without any risk of being injured.
The equipment for the laser tag game consists of a "gun" of impressive weight and appearance and a head band, connected to the gun by a wire. When "fired,” the gun produces the characteristic sound, but, unlike a paintball gun, does not shoot an object. Instead, a laser diode turns on, and if the gun is aimed at an enemy combatant, the sensor located in his headband reacts, and he is considered defeated.
Thus, to play this game you do not need to wear masks or any special clothing (clothing does not get dirty like in paintball), and it can be played anywhere, outdoors and indoors, even in the street. One of the main advantages of laser tag is the possibility to be play it anywhere, another is that it can be played in the presence of "civilians" –people who are not participating in the game but are present on the “field.”
Each gun can be configured with a different number of "rounds” and “kill capacity (injury capacity)” and with an optical or collimating sight.
There are a number of specialty games available for laser tag (as well as for paintball), e.g., wall to wall, capture the flag, attack-defense, and wipe out the enemy camp. There are also a variety of additional devices which can be used in the game, like a “light grenade” and “light mine” and other special equipment.
In the zone of "resurrection," special electronic blocks are installed which can restore soldiers’ lives and recharge their guns. There may also be used "field medical kits" and electronic "points" to be captured or held (depending on the scenario).
The main advantages and disadvantages of laser tag compared to paintball are:
- Security is much higher than in paintball – no injuries from flying objects.
- There is no need to wear a mask or special clothing.
- You can play Laser Tag at any location, regardless of whether buildings, machinery, and “civilians” are present.
- Since you do not need to wear a mask - you can safely use multi-storey buildings and various techniques to control the players.
- The range of the guns is longer than in paintball - up to 150 meters. Thus, the field of play can be much larger.
- The battery in the equipment lasts for 4-5 hours of active play, and you do not need to reload, as you do in paintball.
- Since the "death" is not painful - the game is not as exciting as the game of paintball.
- Since the equipment is electronic it is more affected by weather conditions (rain, snow, low temperatures). Under bad weather conditions, and if carelessly handled, the equipment might not perform properly.
- There is a possibility of "cheating" – for example, by covering up the sensor.
- The players can become invulnerable, which is why judges need to monitor the players thoroughly.
Laser tag is a good complement to the traditional game of paintball for certain tasks.