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 know I’ve always wondered how things began. Everything that you see here today had a beginning sometime, somewhere. Every super hero has an origin story. Batman became batman because his parents got shot. Superman became superman because, well, he’s an alien and he crash landed on Earth because his home planet got destroyed. Spiderman became Spiderman because he got bitten by some radioactive spider. Aquaman became Aquaman because… well who cares about Aquaman.
Anyway, I’m sure you get the point. So what about laser tag? Who on earth came up with the idea of shooting infrared beams at each other? Most of you probably think it was the military that came up with it first. And yes that’s what I thought too! But apparently the real founders of laser tag were actually… drumroll please… farmers! Yes, you heard me, farmers. You see, livestock farmers have this infrared and barcode system to keep track of their animals, you know cows and such. To do this they had pretty long range laser tag scanners. After a while though, the farmers got bored and started aiming and shooting the long range scanners at other farmers across fields. This tagging soon evolved into a makeshift game that the farmers played regularly to diffuse boredom. I mean how fun can it be to stand around all day looking at cows.
As time went on, the game’s popularity grew, especially among the farmers and soon it reached the ears of the military who saw it as a good idea for combat simulation and training. By this time there were already a few outdoor laser tag arenas that featured simplistic guns that a normal non farmer person could join and play. As word about the game spread even more, the gun designs got more and more sophisticated and interesting.
More laser tag centres opened and by now the military had fully integrated the laser tag system as a viable combat simulation training exercise for various infantry groups. It was only a matter of time before access to the game and guns reached the mainstream consumer! And this happened with the “Laser Challenge” game system. A dual gun set that allowed children to play laser tag right in their own homes and backyards. Sales of this system skyrocketed as the market received it with great enthusiasm. After that, more and more retail laser tag systems were released and by now laser tag gaming was pretty much established as an industry on its own with an international base. Laser tag centres were opened all over the World and on site laser tag services soon begun. More and more interesting scenarios were devised and the technology kept getting better and better till the systems you see today.
The rest as they say is history.
It’s an interesting account don’t you think? Well… more interesting than stupid aquaman’s origin story anyway…
Some of you may be wondering why play laser tag at all. What’s the point? There are so many other forms of entertainment out there why laser tag? Fair question, and to answer that I’ve come up with the top ten reasons why you should play laser tag. Read on to find out!
Number 1 – Laser Tag is a new and novel experience
Many people have not tried their hand at laser tag. It’s a crying shame really. They don’t know what they’re missing out. In Singapore, there’s really only so much you can do before getting bored. Laser Tag is one of those experiences that promise freshness and novelty due to its niche nature. If you have not played laser tag before, try it out! I guarantee you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
Number 2 – Laser Tag is extremely fun and immersive
Laser tag is a very fun and intense game. People playing tend to meld with the game and become fully immersed in it. The game is exciting, thrilling and there will often be moments of adrenaline pumping close shaves or hilarious battle offs.
Number 3 – Laser Tag gives you the chance to shoot things without going to jail
Let’s face it, some of us just want to hold a gun and shoot things. But you know there being legal implications, using a real gun would be impossible. And that’s where laser tag comes in handy! Laser tag lets you have the experience of shooting things without the legal or moral ramifications! Sure, it’s not as hard core as a real gun but c’mon you’d still get to shoot stuff and you won’t be going to jail after. Better deal I say.
Number 4 – Laser Tag is safe and mess free
For the more delicate among us worried about safety, mess or pain, laser tag is an excellent choice. There are no painful projectiles to worry about. There’s no need for any safety vests or masks of any kind. There’s no mess to clean up after. And for those of you wondering about the laser fret not, laser tag uses infra-red technology which is weaker than your TV remote control and sunlight.
Number 5 – Laser Tag fosters bonds, shared experiences and creates unforgettable memories
It is only in the intensity and grittiness of combat can the strongest of bonds be forged. That’s why soldiers in the field often have the closest bonds and many cherished memories. With laser tag you can get to experience some of this precious combat camaraderie without all the actual pain and mess.
Number 6 – Laser Tag is great exercise
Laser Tag is not an activity for the lazy. You will need to move around, run, jump, hide and dodge. This results in a great workout! But it’s a workout you don’t even notice because you’re having so much fun! That’s the best way to exercise.
Number 7 – Laser Tag trains your mind
Other than great exercise, laser tag also trains your mind by providing opportunities to think and plan strategies in order to outwit your opponents. Laser Tag sessions often have specific objectives like capturing the flag, base infiltration or bomb planting and fulfilling these require well thought through tactics and strategies.
Number 8 – Laser Tag hones leadership abilities
Laser Tag sessions often involve leading a team and working in groups to accomplish objectives. This requires strong leadership and direction giving. Playing laser tag lets you hone your leadership abilities by giving you real life combat situations.
Number 9 – Laser Tag fosters team building and improves communication skills
This is great for organisations looking to build better camaraderie between or within departments. Laser tag is an extremely effective way of getting people to work together, often demolishing social barriers through fun and friendly combat.
Number 10 – Laser Tag makes you look twice as badass and three times as awesome
Awesome people play laser tag. Case in point, Barney Stinson from “How I Met Your Mother”, he’s the most awesome character in the show and he loves laser tag. Imagine yourself standing on a field. Boring? Now imagine yourself standing on the same field, this time with a huge laser tag gun in your hands. What’s the difference? Awesomeness.
Well, it’s been a fairly interesting past few months setting up Adrenaline. The guns are in. Most of the site is up and we’ve already had our first few events. We’ve learnt a lot during this time and although it wasn’t a smooth journey altogether, I can safely say we’ve come through a lot wiser.
Some people have asked us why laser tag? Well, we believe in pursuing our passions and we’re very passionate about conducting events that give people a good time. Laser tag is simply an avenue of that expression. There’s just something about shooting infra-red rays at each other that touches a primal nerve in there somewhere. It is a rare and beautiful thing when one merges that which gives him fulfillment to that which puts food on his plate.
Which brings me to the biggest thing I’ve learnt in this experience: enjoy the ride and don’t take yourself too seriously. When it comes to creating the new, first instincts often force us to hold back and fear drives us to over think and plan to the point of inaction. What we’ve realised is this; there is no such thing as the right time or perfect readiness. It is important to take that first step and just do. It is only by real doing can the lessons be learnt and the dream made manifest. So although this whole thing is a jump into the unknown, it is a jump we gladly took.
Ok enough with the emo cheesy motivational sounding quips. It’s time to start talking about the real stuff! What real stuff? Actually I have no idea. I honestly didn’t expect anyone to read a blog update section till the end. Well in case you’re reading this, congratulations and thanks for reading!
Ok seriously, what do I say now?
Ah I know. We could talk about how we got the idea for Adrenaline! Ok the story goes like this. There was once upon a time a dude called Bartholomew the Third. Don’t ask me why his name was so long. It’s his name, show some respect. Anyway, Bartholomew the Third wanted to start a laser tag company and was thinking of what to call it. He then sat at his computer and Googled “awesome name for a laser tag company”. The results were, unfortunately, rather bland so he decided to try something else. He decided to try to use his brain instead of relying on the Internet. And in exactly 7 minutes and 38 seconds, he thought of Adrenaline. True Story.