By definition, laser tag is a team or individual activity where players attempt to score points by tagging targets, typically with a handheld infrared emitting targeting device. In indoor play, a visible laser combined with theatrical fog typically provide the visual effect of firing, while having no actual role in transmitting the fire signal. Laser tag is popular with a wide range of ages. When compared to paintball, people like laser tag better because it is painless and does not use any physical projectiles. Indoor versions of laser tag may be considered less physically demanding because most indoor venues prohibit running or roughhousing. Now whether the venue follows their own rules is another story. Some people like to play laser tag just to enjoy a good times with their friends, or family for a birthday party. On the flip side, some people, including myself, like to play laser tag at a competitive level, and play in state and national tournaments, where you are able to play multitudes of custom games.
Laser tag systems vary widely in their technical capabilities and their applications. The game mechanics in laser tag are closely linked to the hardware used, the communication capabilities of the system, the embedded software that runs the equipment, the integration between the player's equipment and devices in the facility, the environment, and the configuration of the software that runs the equipment. The resulting game play mechanics can result in anything from the highly realistic combat simulation used by the military to farfetched scenarios inspired by science fiction and video games. Rate of fire, objectives, effects of being tagged, the amount of lives, and other parameters can often be altered on the fly to provide for varied game play.
Along with standard team or solo matches, where one team or individuals try to tag the members of the other team or players repetitively, many laser tag...