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Gaming History You Should Know – Photon February 7, 2021

Posted by Maniac in Gaming History You Should Know, Uncategorized.

It’s Sunday, and that means it’s time for another Gaming History You Should Know, where we highlight some of the best independently produced documentaries on the history of gaming. In honor of the Super Bowl, I felt like highlighting the origins of a competition meant for gamers, Laser Tag.

One of the things I’ve missed the most since most of the world has been forced to stay home is Laser Tag. If you’ve never played the game, the rules are simple. You, along with a large group of other players, are given a harmless laser weapon strapped to a set of armor covered in sensors. Your objective is to use your laser to aim for your opponents’ sensors. The trick is, the game is usually played in a futuristic inspired arena, and barriers, mirrors and traps you will need to navigate around can be placed between you and your peers. It is the closest thing the real world has to a multiplayer death match, and lacks the extreme pain and risk of injury playing paintball does. In the event I’m handed a working sensor suit, I have single handedly won 16-player games on many occasions (and still have the score sheets to prove it).

But how long has Laser Tag been a thing? I remember it taking over in the early 90s under the name Q-Zar, but apparently the game has been played as early as the 1980s. Photon, a specific version of the game with unique rules and a unified design, jumped into the Laser Tag market at that time. It was accompanied by toys, a home version, and eventually a television show! Apparently, an episode of The Tomorrow People was not the first time a game of laser tag was shown on television.

The guys over at the YouTube Channel Toy Galaxy have always been a great channel for the history of Toys, Games and Collectibles, and Photon looks like it meets all three of those things. If you wanted to know what inspired Laser Tag, you need to give this a watch.


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