A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.
A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.
You’re in the office. It’s almost time to go home. The daunting pile of papers that once sat on your desk this morning is almost gone. You finally remember what colour your desk is. With a last push, you finish your work and sit back in your chair. You made it. However, the daily stresses of an office job leave you feeling physically and mentally drained. Hey, spending hours at a desk and getting along with your co-workers isn’t easy. Don’t you sometimes wish you could shoot rubber bands at the back of the head of a certain co-worker without getting into trouble or making them angry? Well, I have good news for you! With laser tag, not only will you not get into trouble for shooting your co-worker, you get to do so with guns. AND THEY LOVE IT! Strange, I know. In fact, you will start to feel strangely bonded with your office mates when you play laser tag. Let me explain.
Playing laser tag well requires teamwork and cooperation. Sure, you require teamwork and cooperation in the office too. But in laser tag, you require team work and cooperation almost every second. It’s not merely discussing things with your co-workers then going back to your cubicle to do your assigned task. Laser tag requires constant communication. For example, in one of our laser tag games, you have to protect a VIP. If he dies, you lose the game. However, the VIP has the ability to heal dead teammates. This requires your team to constantly work together to protect the VIP while making sure he manages to heal people. This of course, is no easy feat and requires constant teamwork and cooperation among team members. Failing to do so could mean the death of your VIP. Bonds will be formed and strengthened as your office works together to achieve a common goal.
Playing laser tag is great exercise. You will sweat, unless you’re playing in an air-conditioned room. People who exercise together feel more bonded to each other. It’s like in the army. Recruits feel a greater sense of camaraderie and brotherhood as they go through physical (and mental) hardship together. Don’t worry, you won’t experience mental hardship playing laser tag (; You will be running a lot though, but the best part is you’ll be too busy having fun and trying to avoid getting shot you won’t notice how much exercise you’re actually doing! At the end of your session with us, your office will be more bonded as they would be too tired to bear any grudges against each other.
So put away that pen or computer keyboard for a day and come play Adrenaline Laser Tag! You know how they say “The pen is mightier than the sword.” This means writing is more powerful in influencing people than violence. However, we at Adrenaline Laser Tag believe “The laser tag gun is mightier than the pen.” because it gets people bonded and connected faster than any pen can write. What was once an annoying co-worker is now your brother in arms. He was your teammate who fought and died valiantly by your side. Besides, when he was on the other team, you shot him thousands of times.
Having worked and exercised together as a team, your office will feel more bonded. You won’t feel the urge to shoot rubber bands (at least for a while) at your office mates. It will leave you feeling refreshed and energized, ready to take on another day at the office. So what are you waiting for? Gather your office and trade in your pens for guns for a day of awesome fun with us at Adrenaline Laser Tag!
So you want to play laser tag like a pro. You’ve played a few games and you’re looking for advice on how to up your game. Here’s a quick guide on how to do just that!
This sounds pretty obvious but it’s worth mentioning. Aim using the ‘iron sight’ on the gun, making sure the gun is properly trained. Shooting in the general direction of your opponent can work for short distances, but over a longer distance, your accuracy will reduce drastically.
Make Use of Cover
Maximising the use of cover around you is essential in reducing your chances of getting shot. Always run from cover to cover and do so as if your life depended on it.
Have a Team Plan
Playing as a team is always more effective than when everyone is doing their own thing. Make sure everyone in your team is clear of what they need to do. Agree on who will cover different sections of the arena. This will ensure that whenever someone dies and respawns, he’ll return to the same section so that place is always covered. Otherwise, people may start clustering at a certain place which is not good. However, be flexible and adaptive to how the situation changes.
Speed and Aggression
What do I mean by speed and aggression? Does it mean charging at your opponent and hitting him very hard and quickly with your riffle? Well most certainly not! Thankfully. (Or perhaps for some of you, sadly) It simply means being quick with all your movements and aggressive (not reckless) when playing.
Since a standard game is 6 minutes long, logically, the team that can discharge the most bullets most accurately will win. Simple isn’t it? How do we do that? By being quick and aggressive without being reckless. Simply put, it’s getting the ‘most bang for your time.’ (No pun intended). So for example, if you see an opponent sticking his head out for even a second, you’re going to shoot and try to hit him. Whenever an opponent breaks from cover, you’re going to shoot and try and reduce his health. Your team isn’t going to sit around passively waiting for the most opportune moment to strike. You’re constantly and actively looking for moments when you can outshoot the other team even if it’s just by a single shot.
Of course, this must be balanced with a level head and not dashing out and shooting recklessly. If you can be speedy and aggressive while shooting properly, maximising cover and having a great team plan, you’d truly be playing laser tag like a pro!
Team building. I love that term. It’s where a group of people engage in an activity which improves the relations between members and their ability to work together. Team building is important if you want a group of people to be able to work well and effectively together. It creates a situation where people work towards a common goal and learn to give and take. What comes to mind when you think of team building? Carrying logs? Tug of war? Charades? These are great team building activities but they either require participants to be physically fit or involve no physical activity at all. Laser Tag involves mild physical activity and is good for a wide age range from children as young as 4 or 5 to adults in their 60s.
Laser Tag is great exercise without being too physically demanding. This makes it great for team building for a wide age range or even if you’re not in excellent physical shape. When playing laser tag, you’re constantly communicating with your team; devising plan of attack, indicating where enemies are hiding and so on. This requires cooperation of all members which is what makes a team stronger.
This is especially true in one of our game modes, called the ‘master chief’ mode. In this game mode, one member of each team is the ‘master chief’ or medic. He has two special abilities that other team members don’t have. He has the ability of health regeneration if he hides for a certain number of seconds. And he has the ability to revive dead teammates. However, if he dies, his team loses the game. Thus, team members have to work together to protect the master chief while he’s running around reviving teammates.
Wherever you are in life, you will always find yourself a part of a group or team. Unless you’re a hermit living in the mountain. Be it at the office, in school, a club or in the army. Laser Tag is not only a great team building activity, it’s also lots of fun. Plus, you get to shoot people which would usually otherwise land you in jail. So what are you waiting for? Gather a team of people and join us for a great team bonding time at Adrenaline Laser Tag!
Laser Tag is a team game. When it comes to winning, how well a team works together and coordinate themselves trumps individual skill. A team full of lone wolves will die as lone wolves. A team full of ‘team players’ will, more of than not, win as a team. You’ll always need that buddy to cover your blind spot or cover you as you dash for cover. So, let me share some advice with you. Most of this advice doesn’t count as strategy or even tactics. They apply more to the individual player but they’re the worth mentioning.
Splitting Your Team
When the game starts, have your team members dash for as many points of cover as possible without unreasonably exposing themselves. You want to maintain a situation where your team members are well spread out. This will allow your team to cover a much wider area from many different angles. Many times, players will all huddle behind one or two obstacles. When an opposing player comes, he can quickly spray shots which ‘injure’ multiple players. Hence, you want to spread out.
Make Use of Cover
This one seems pretty obvious, but I’ve lost count of the number of times players have stood wide in the open firing when there’s cover nearby. Naturally, they’re the ones who die pretty fast and contribute to the bulk of team deaths. Hits can be detected beyond just the gun or the head sensor. There’s an area of effect which covers quite a good portion of the upper body. Always try and minimize your body profile by flushing your body to the wall or obstacle. You might even want to high kneel. Expose only enough so you can shoot. If you must change your location, move quickly from cover to cover and keep a small body profile by crouching over.
If you and your buddy find yourself covering an important angle, say a corridor for example, don’t reload at the same time. Reloading takes time and depending on the gun type, can take anywhere from 3 – 5 seconds. If you both reload at the same time and a player from the opposing team suddenly pops out, you would have missed an opportunity to ‘injure’ or even eliminate him. Worse still, your sensors still detect hits when your gun is reloading so you could potentially be taken out while reloading. Instead, when you’re both short of ammo in your magazine, have your buddy keep guard while you reload. Being able to fire a few shots is better than two of you being sitting ducks for a few seconds.
Master Chief Mode
One of the modes in our laser tag games is the Master Chief Mode. In it, one of the players is dubbed the ‘Master Chief’. He has the ability to heal his teammates. The game is such that when a player dies, he must stay at the spot where he died until healed or revived by his or her respective Master Chief. Many times, players will dash deep into enemy territory to try and kill an enemy player.
However, if they die there, the opposing team can guard him making it almost impossible for the Master Chief to revive him. This will mean that his team will have one less player. Your team should try and replicate this by luring enemy players out or just being the more patient of the two teams. Sometimes as the game drags, people become more reckless and start charging forward. Use this to your advantage and build up your number of ‘prisoners’ or disabled enemy players until you win. So always be a reasonable distance from your Chief so you can be revived.
I’m sure many of you recall your parents telling you you’re too young to do this or that. They say ‘You’re too young to be dating!’ or ‘You’re too young to be drinking!’ or ‘You’re too young to be wearing diapers!’. Wait, forget the last example. I think my parents said I was too old to be wearing diapers.. Anyway. A better example is ‘You’re too young to shoot a gun!’. And then when you’re finally old, there’s this crazy notion you’re too old to shoot a gun! What a crazy world we live in. Okay, perhaps that wasn’t a fair comparison. I was comparing real guns with laser tag guns.
But let me tell you, laser tag is just as much (if not more) fun if you’re ‘old’ than if you’re young. Think you’re too old for what seems like a game for youngsters? Well, I’ll let you in on a little secret. When you give ‘old people’ (uncles and aunties in their 40s and 50s) guns, they don’t behave like uncles and aunties. Yes, they behave like kids. In a good kind of way. (Sometimes not so good when they break the rules but a little shouting always works) I’ve seen uncles and aunties charge across the game arena always trying to shoot a particular player for some reason. Or they try and cover their sensors (Which is against the rules) so they can’t get shot. But they always work up a good sweat and thoroughly enjoy themselves.
If I’ve managed to convince you’re not too old at heart for laser tag but feel your body or brain might be, fret not. The guns are easy and friendly to use. Firstly, our guns are light. Actually, light is an understatement. They’re very light. They weigh in at only (1.2) KG. We’ve had children as young as five run around shooting the guns without a hitch. They can even pose while holding two guns in the air. Secondly, there are basically only two buttons you need to know when it comes to operating the gun. The trigger (fire) button and the reload button. THAT’S IT.
So if you’ve been doing all kinds of strenuous exercises lately but don’t seem to look or feel any younger, play laser tag. You’ll be too busy having fun and being a kid again you won’t realise you’re exercising! Or you could just grab an electric scooter from electric scooter singapore and zoom around guns blazing.