LASERS FLY WHEN YOU'RE HAVING FUN
BY: MAX VAN COUTREN OCTOBER 31, 2014
“If I had to give one word to describe laser tag, I would choose exciting,” freshman Grant Irons said.
Laser tag is a new sport that has become popular at Rose. The opening of the new Atomic Laser Dome has caused many competitive people to try out a game of laser tag.
Laser tag is a team sport where two teams’ main objective is to outscore the other team. The competitors wear a type of shoulder pad harness with sensors that pick up when they are hit by a laser. Attached to each harness are the competitors’ guns. To shoot, competitors are required to have two hands on the gun at all times. A headshot or chest shot is 15 points. A stomach or back shot is 10 points.
The two teams, blue and red, start at two different points on the map. Competitors have to trudge across the arena to find the other team and take them down. If shot, the color of their vest will die, and their gun will not work for four seconds. After those four seconds, competitors can return to action. At the end, the team with the most points wins.
“The best part about the game is when you get to chase other people around and shoot them,” sophomore Anna-Brooke Hylton said.
Hylton has been to the Atomic Laser Dome seven times and plans to return many more.
Irons’s strategy for a match of laser tag is more defensive than offensive. He thinks it is smarter to take cover and sneak around the course, but Hylton would disagree.
“The best strategy for laser tag is to shoot everyone, even if it’s your own teammate,” Hylton said.
Freshman Elliot Voos combines Hylton’s and Irons' strategy when playing.
“My strategy is to shoot, duck and cover, then shoot again,” Voos said.
Although there are many different strategies and ways to play laser tag, the end goal is always the same.
“I am very good at laser tag,” Hylton said. “I’m a sharpshooter.”
In the game the competitors can hide on the outskirts of the arena and gun people down or head to the center for up close contact. Irons prefers up close gunfire, but Hylton prefers to hide and snipe.
“I play at The Atomic Laser Dome out by the new movie theatre,” Voos said. “The war zone is large and has many nicks and corners to hide in.”
The landscape of the map is very diverse with a pirate ship, bridges and large walls which create a maze.
“Laser tag is just my game,” Hylton said.