When Lazer Tag came out in 1986 I was a HUGE fan boy. I had the helmet, vest, multiple guns, basically anything with Lazer etched on it had to be mine. Then there was the poor man’s Lazer Tag known as Photon which I don’t know wtf was up with that one. It was the 80s though and merchandising was king. Lazer Tag was cool and futuristic while Photon was more stuck in what the 70s thought the future would be. At least that’s how I remember it. Cut me some slack, I was 10.
Last weekend I was invited to rekindle my obsession with a trip north to McKnight Rd to Laser Storm for a 2 game winner-take-all-battle-royale-to-the-death match with Mike Sorg and members of the Sorgatron Media family. Picture it, 5 grown men in their 30’s playing a game from the 80’s and whose physical activity for the year is beer league softball. At least that’s how I went into it thinking, I would come out a changed man.
Going in for the first time there is a lot to absorb so I’ll break it down easy for you
- 2 teams
- 10 minutes of play
- Capture the Flag play of red vs green and you need to get more points by shooting the other team while trying to access their base and shoot the target for extra points.
- You wear a vest and headset plus you get a phaser.
- You can only get hit twice before you have to go to a charging station and reload.
Now here’s where it gets interesting. First game I had no clue what I was doing. I’m terrible playing 1st person shooter games and along with the hearty mix of thumping techno music plus being in new surroundings, I don’t think many of us knew what to do. You don’t realize the workout you’re getting until the end when you come out a ball of sweat but whooooa buddy let me tell you, that was fun. Below is my score sheet.
There were 2 birthday parties going on while we were there and they proved to be a much needed break while we came up with a game plan against the Red team. Before the next round kicked off and players were called to the starting line, there was a change of plans. A family of young kids and teenagers on dates joined in. D’OH! Our well laid out plan of going in guns blazing were crushed as most of us tripped over kids in the dark or got held up as they would suck up the energizing stations.
I was as good as dead. Red team had time to get situated and every move I made from a charging station got me tagged.
At the end of our hour we were beat but wanted more. As I was catching my breath I noticed around the waiting area there were banners hanging up from championship titles won in their adult leagues. It wasn’t long before we decided we must do this again and with the packages available, could plan for an incredible evening.
Yinz Team Laser Tag. Oh it’s coming…