About laser tag
For those that are not acquainted yet with the laser tag game, it is important to know that this “laser” tag game name does not involve real lasers. Thus, do not get scared at first by its name, as lasers are not the ones used to tag your opponent.
First developed as a combat game, laser tag soon became a game for all as many companies started to bring it on the market and offer it to people from early ages like 6 – 7 years old, (depending on the venue, some accept from 6 years, some from 7 years while some from 8 years) to adult ages. This can be played both indoors and outdoors, as well as both during the daytime and nighttime.
Each gun used has a number of shots before it runs out of ammo. After the ammo runs out you can recharge it by holding it with the point on the ground and shaking it up and down while doing this, different noises and sounds are on the background so you can experience the real life thing. Sounds effects are present when firing the gun and hitting the target as well.
What is good about this equipment is that it is rather light and it is easy to play with it and to hold it without feeling it too heavy for you. There are various types of laser tag games according to the venue but there are some basic rules and equipment that each has. The only things changing may be the number of lives available, the music, the environment, the recharging of your gun, the total time of the game, the colours etc.
Children and laser tag
Once this game appeared on the market kids saw it as another possibility for them to have fun. In addition, why would not they as it as another interesting way to spend time together and to relax after a week of school.
The availability for it all year round makes it even more desired. It is a game where you can easily become a specialist in if you play it constantly. In the summer, there is the possibility to be played in the theme parks while in the wintertime and all year round, there are the indoor arenas that offer the same adrenaline as the theme park.
As a child, do you need parental consent?
Of course. Even though children above the age of 6 or 7 are allowed to play, no child below 18 is allowed to play without the parent’s consent.
Does laser tag bring any benefits?
For all those playing laser tags the benefits it brings are countless. Some of them have a lot to do with the mere fact that you are moving; you are practicing some kind of sport, instead of staying in front of your computer and play games. A game burns away many calories and engages all your senses.
Being a both single and team game, it can develop the communication and the social skills between team members. It can also help with the strategical thinking of a person and as well the desire to survive and to escape the threat.
Is laser tag safe as games in birthday parties for kids?
Hosting a birthday party for your child may be easier than you may though, dishwasher free etc. Therefore, if you do not want to make a mess out at your house and yard at the end of a children’s birthday party, choosing a laser tag venue for the party may sound like a great idea.
Laser tag is a fun game that is actually played with infrared light, and no real lasers are used. It is a safe game, it only needs a laser tag gun and a laser tag vest, some basic rules, and the game are on. When you are shot, you do not feel any pain. It does not allow physical contact which adds extra safety to the game as people playing it are not allowed to touch each other. You only have to make sure the children wear shoes that are not slippery, the girls wear sneakers and no other heel shoes and that they know the rules. In addition, they respect them.
Though playing laser tag does not do any physical harm, some of the parents do not allow their children to play with guns, with lasers etc, and these may be because they do not know all the details of playing a laser tag game. Thus, when deciding for a laser tag birthday party for your child, make sure you have a leaflet and share it with every kid’s parent invited to the party. This way when they decide if they allow their kid or not, they will know more details about this game.
Bearing this in mind it is safe to say that the risks of injuring oneself while playing laser tag are minimal and they usually are those caused by falling down.
Is it safe for the eyesight?
This is one of the main questions people ask when they hear about laser tag – what if your opponent laser tags you right in the eyes? Apart from not feeling any pain, will it do any damage to the eyes?
The simple answer is that no, it cannot and will not damage your eyesight. According to some, US studies the eye injuries while playing this game and tagging in the eye were found to be impossible. This is not because if you put infrared light in your eye it will do you no harm, but because these are with low frequency and low energy.
What is important in playing every single sport is being a good sport and this has a lot to do with your home upbringing but as well, with how influential you are of your schoolmates etc.
At all times, when playing people should remember that this is only a sport and everyone should maintain a good level of mindfulness when playing it. While children can easily forget this, if you as a parent remind them and they know the rules, the safety in playing this game is no issue. Big chances are that your child will come home bruise-free and accident-free.
It is a fun game for people of all ages and for children especially, as it is a great way to use their adrenaline.