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The Latest Generation of Laser Tag

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011 | Permalink

by Todd Rip |

Laser tag is a game of skill and precision. In laser tag, the goal is to hit another person’s targets (strategically placed on their body) with your laser (infrared light). Most often, guns are used to shoot at someone’s vest. When shot in certain places, the shooter will gain points. Occasionally (in large games), there are teams. Each team will have a ‘base’. When players of opposite teams hit the base with their laser, that team is shut down for a period of time. When the vest is hit, it disables the gun from shooting for a period of time, allowing one to still be shot.


The US army was the first to use a series of laser combat training guns. These guns work the same as normal laser tag guns. It was referred to as the ‘MILES’ system, and allowed intense training abilities in the army. Some combat training is still used today. A man by the name of Carter invented the first arena-type laser game. He surprisingly thought of the idea after watching the film ‘Star Wars’. In 1986, Laser tag was revealed as an at home game. Laser tag toys were being purchased more than any other game or toy at the time. The toys are continued to be made, and beloved by children around the world. Arena games are popular among adults, as well as children, and are played for recreation.

Equipment and Arenas

There is special laser tag equipment for both, indoors and outdoors. When played indoor at an arena, the laser is visible through the use of fog. A series of vests, and guns are assigned to all of the players in order to experience the entirety of the game play. In order for an indoor arena to properly work, one must understand the necessary materials. A large area is required with many things to hide behind. A smoke machine, and black lights are also necessary. Scoring devices are also required to be in the arena. On the other hand, an outdoor arena needs higher powered laser guns and targeting devices.

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One of the newest Laser tag systems is the ‘Lawn Warfare: Light Strike’. These guns are available for purchase in three different types; the add-on accessories, and customizable features make this a highly desired gun. This gun is mostly used for personal use at home. The proper set up is necessary for both indoor and outdoor areas. Black lights, as well as smoke machines are not necessary for outdoor game play. Basic guns, and vests are required for any type of game play. There are places of business solely for the adventure of laser game play. Many paintball fields also have laser tag for the younger players that are unable to paintball. For a small fee, players are allowed to play in an upbeat environment.

The latest generation of laser tag guns is the Light Strike series from Wowwee. The Light Strike guns have many new features that regular laser tag does not. Each of the 6 different guns have 4-6 different ammo types built in depending on if it’s a pistol or rifle. Each gun has a health meter built in that shows your health and once your health runs out you have to “respawn” by pressing two buttons simultaneously.

Each ammo type has a unique fire sound, reload sound and fire/reload time. There is a shield button that lasts for 15 seconds and reduces incoming shots by 50% damage which can be used once every 2-3 minutes. Every Light Strike gun has a volume button and headphone jack allowing players to get sneaky because when the headphones are plugged in the external speaker on the gun goes silent.

Each gun can be on one of 4 possible teams and is determined by the color selection on the gun. Also, there is fire mode button that allows for single shot or 3 round burst mode. A Special target allows for unique game types like capture the flag and more.

Laser tag is a unique experience filled with thrills, strategy, and suspense. Certain skill is acquired upon the continuous game play, and new guns are always coming to the laser tag world.


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How to Buy Used Arcade Equipment

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011 | Permalink

You can purchase used arcade equipment, including vintage arcade classics and modern redemption games, from multiple sources. It’s usually better to go to local or regional sources of used arcade equipment, as you won’t have to pay for expensive shipping of these heavy, bulky machines. If you’ve always dreamed of a pinball machine, slot machine or video arcade game in your game room, it pays to shop around and inspect the equipment thoroughly.


1. Write a list the used arcade equipment you want. Determine the maximum price of each used machine and the expected condition of each piece. Consider space requirements, as arcade equipment takes up a considerable amount of floor space. Find standard dimensions for each arcade machine. Measure your floor space to make sure the arcade equipment will fit before purchasing.

2. Find sources to purchase the used arcade equipment. Purchase used arcade games from online auctions, used arcade game dealers both local and regionally, or from individual owners, including local restaurants and arcades. Some regional arcade dealers include QuarterArcade in Philadelphia, PrimeTime Amusements in South Florida, Vintage Arcade Superstore in Glendale, California and Nasty Nick’s Arcade Sales in Memphis, Michigan. Make bulk purchases of arcade equipment from companies who specialize in arcade equipment auctions or from bank sales liquidating bowling alleys, amusement parks, family fun centers or arcades. Try Super Auctions or Arcade Game Sales Auctions to find arcade equipment sales in bulk.

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3. Inspect the arcade machines thoroughly before purchasing. Look for water damage to the bottom of the equipment, smoke damage, evidence of fire around the electronics and missing parts and pieces. Inspect the circuit boards to check the quality of any repair soldering. Also look at the monitor (if the game has one) to inspect for burn-in on the screen. Look at the monitor, with the game off. If you can see letters and graphics on the screen, it has some burn-in. A monitor with burn-in will eventually need replacement. Turn the machine on and play the game to make sure the equipment operates as intended. Auction companies typically have time set up before the auction for potential buyers to inspect and play the games. Get there early to take advantage of this opportunity. Take in account any missing parts, poor repairs or damage in the offering price. Avoid equipment in poor condition, particularly with older arcade machines containing hard-to-find replacement parts.

4. Make an offer on the arcade equipment based on the list from Step 1 and the condition of the individual machines. If you’re bidding at an auction, factor the auction fees into the purchase price. In all cases, consider the cost of transportation or shipping.

5. Prepare the purchased arcade equipment properly for transport. Secure any loose parts inside the equipment, such as balls, tokens or prizes. Remove all pinballs, legs, and glass from pinball machines before transport. Protect side art on the machine by wrapping it in padding and shrink wrap. Secure the equipment during transport so the arcade machines do not slide or tip over.

Tips & Warnings

1. Shipping one arcade game might be expensive, depending on the size and distance of shipment. Consider this cost in the purchase price of the equipment. To get the best deals, buy locally.

2. Never touch the wiring or electronics connected to an arcade monitor during inspection because it is connected to a high voltage capacitor.


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