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21.03.2013: Vote: What would you say - shall we allow alcoholic drinks at laser tag sites?
Results (left to right):
- A : "For sure, yes: no alcohol - no laser tag!" (9,3%)
- B : "Occasionally (e.g., for some special events), alcohol can be allowed" (19,6%)
- C : "Low-alcohol drinks (e.g., beer) can be allowed" (16,61%)
- D : "I don't think it's a good idea, but if somebody wants - he/she may try..." (10,96%)
- E : "Absolutely no: alcohol should be totally banned at laser tags sites" (43,52%)
The poll has been conducted at TRUTNEE's (Russian section) in September 2010 - February, 2013. Total number of votes received - 301 (100%). Vote Format: single choice, one vote per one IP address.
(C) 2013 TRUTNEE Laser Tag Portal
18.09.2010: Vote: What features of outdoor laser tag are the most important for a player?
Results (left to right):
- A : "Max. fire range" (11.94%)
- B : "Variety of the adjustable game parameters (e.g., quantity of lives, game sounds, shields, etc.)" (20.90%)
- C : "Attractive design of the phasor" (22.39%)
- D : "Game parameters emulating the real firearm" (16.42%)
- E : "Phasors emulating different types of firearms (e.g., shotgun, pistol, etc.)" (20.90%)
- F : "Additional interactive game devices (e.g., medic box, ammo box, base station, etc.)" (7.46%)
The poll has been conducted at TRUTNEE's (Russian section) in July - September, 2010. Total number of votes received - 67 (100%). Vote Format: single choice, one vote per one IP address.
(C) 2010 TRUTNEE Laser Tag Portal / Background image: (C) 2009 Serena by BattleField Sports
17.07.2010: Vote: What do you think about international laser tag tournaments for regulars?
Results (left to right):
- A : "My attitude is rather negative; such tournaments make both the operator and the players sick" (1.61%)
- B : "Nobody needs them" (1.61%)
- C : "Don't care much" (3.23%)
- D : "They are for good for regulars only" (6.45%)
- E : "Great idea; can be interesting for all parties" (9.68%)
- F : "International tournaments are the must for laser tag community" (77.42%)
The poll has been conducted at TRUTNEE's (Russian section) in April - July, 2010. Total number of votes received - 62 (100%). Vote Format: single choice, one vote per one IP address.
(C) 2010 TRUTNEE Laser Tag Portal
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EURASIAN AMUSEMENT PARKS AND ATTRACTIONS EXPO IN MOSCOW (EAAPA-2008): WHAT'S NEW?
The first international entertainment exhibition EAAPA-2008 (EurAsian Amusement Parks and Attractions Expo) was held at IEC Crocus-Expo in Moscow from March 24 till March 26, 2008. The exhibition was especially remarkable because of the special attention paid to laser tag industry (e.g., special prices for laser tag exhibitors, laser tag seminar held within the conference days, etc.). As far as the exhibitors are concerned, the most remarkable booth was probably the one devoted to Lazer Runner system (btw, at this exhibition their new Windows-based software was presented for the first time in Russia, and probably, even in Europe). The Russian laser tag distributors were talking about grand opening of the second Lazer Runner arena in Russia within a couple of months. Besides, as a result of the exhibition there are good chances that two new Nexus arenas may be opened in Russia soon. And we are waiting for opening of another 3 or 4 Laser Club arenas (in Russia and abroad), as well.
BEGEARA COMES TO EUROPEAN MARKET
Zone EU, partnered with SMARTdragon - a British private company, have brought Begeara laser tag system, to the European market. Begeara is a complete mobile laser game entertainment that is so compact it can be carried in the back of a car. For the first time this system was introduced in the States about 1 year ago; yet until now it was not sold in Europe. The price for European customers is GBP 4,550 + VAT + packing and delivery. Please, read more »
"A SPECIAL ARENA": INTERVIEW WITH LASERMAXX ARENA OPERATOR FROM RIGA (LATVIA, EU)
LaserMaxx Laser Tag arena at Bowlero FEC in Riga, Latvia is famous for its 'special' maze, individually decorated by qualified artists. We managed to get an exclusive interview with the official representative of the arena - Mr. Berkovitch. So, why did they decide to purchase LaserMaxx equipment? Does unusual maze attract more visitors? What do the players like most of all and how careful they are? See all these and more other questions answered; Read more »
REVOLTER OUTDOOR LASER TAG SITE: NEW UPGRADE OF 'ACULA' SYSTEM IS AVAILABLE
Let us present a short issue describing upgrades of the equipment originally manufactured by K2 Company (Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine - Action Ukraine Lasertag outdoor laser tag system), performed by the staff of Revolter laser tag site in Dubna (Moscow). Mainly, these upgrades have to do with the phazor and its contoller, and the issue gives the readers some brief idea about the current situation with outdoor laser tag industry in the countries of the ex-USSR. Read more »
TRUTNEE LASER TAG RATING - 2007
Let us officially present the winners of the annual TRUTNEE Laser Tag Rating: so, to our opinion, the best in 2007 were:
- The Best laser tag site (NIS and Baltic countries): Quasar Elite arena at FEC Lider, St.Petersburg;
- The Best laser tag webpage (NIS and Baltic countries): Quasar Tactics - http://quasar-tactics.subs.ru/ (excellent advicing on how to play Quasar; unfortunately available in Russian only);
- The Best laser tag regular players' team (NIS and Baltic countries): Worms (Q-Zar, Moscow - the winner of the VII All-Russian Q-Zar Championship);
- The Best laser tag picture (worldwide): set of wonderful laser tag pictures published at the official webpage of LaserMaxx arena in Bucharest, Romania.
Our congratulations to the Winners!
LAZER RUNNER LASER TAG ARENA IS TO BE OPENED IN MOSCOW
The grand opening of the first LaZer Runner laser tag arena in Eastern Europe is scheduled to the 1st of March, 2008 in Moscow suburb, Krasnogorsk (Snej.com sport & entertainment facility). The new arena is designed for 20 players and is equipped with the Jungle-styled maze. This arena is the first one in Moscow to be equipped with a premium-grade laser tag system. About LaZer Runner laser tag system - please, Read more »
NEXUS LASER TAG ARENA IS TO BE OPENED IN KHARKOV
According to the information received, the first Nexus laser tag arena in Eastern European countries is to be opened at new entertainment centre Karavan in Kharkov (Ukraine) in January, 2008. Besides this site, six other laser tag arenas equipped with Zone laser tag systems are currently operating here (two in Ukraine, two in Baltic countries and one in Russia), yet all of them are using MegaZone equipment. About Nexus system - please, Read more »
IAAPA 2007 REVIEW
It was another exciting year at the 2007 IAAPA Tradeshow in Orlando, Florida. There were plenty of new innovations from the manufacturers that exhibited at the show. After the exhibition, a special rundown of some of the highlights from each of the manufacturers was prepared by International Laser Tag Association (ILTA). Please, Read more »
THE BIGGEST LASER TAG ARENA IN THE WORLD IS OPENED IN ORLANDO (USA)
This year they opened the biggest laser tag arena in the world: Hard Knocks in Orlando (USA) has two 12,000+ square-foot indoor urban-themed arenas where players participate in combat simulation missions for entertainment. The 'Office' arena is themed to resemble a corporate urban environment. Its authentic details include a drop ceiling, fluorescent lighting, and several single-person offices for close quarters combat. Inside the office arena, combatants will navigate obstacles like cubicles, filing cabinets, and desks, and other props will provide cover. At 'Warehouse' arena you will see 24-foot ceilings, ramps, beams, and other authentic details. The remaining obstacles are items such as crates, barrels, and equipment typically found in a warehouse. Both arenas can be conbined into one huge 24,000 square-foot battle field! They use 6 different models of BattleFieldSports phazors (incl. 'M-16') and 'Claymore Antipersonnel Mines' there. Oh, yes, and law enforcement units can be trained there, as well... Please, Read more »
VEQTOR PRESENTED MAX-BLASTER, "TAG REINVENTED"
"Be free, versatile and most important cool with our new line of TAG systems", - says Roanne Plaché, a member of Veqtor team. - "Veqtor has ‘REINVENTED’ some old play concepts and is launching a series of spectacular products". Indeed, at IAAPA Attraction Show 2007 in Orlando (USA) they introduced Veqtor Max-Blaster system, which was completely wireless (i.e., no more 'gun cable'), modular and looked absolutely futuristic. Besides, you can play this new laser tag system with or without a Blaster... Say 'Wow!", folks; the new Max-Blaster system's worth it! Please, Read more »
INTERVIEW WITH LASERMAXX LASER TAG ARENA'S OPERATOR
We have managed to interview the official representative of Giperboloid laser tag arena (LaserMaxx equipment) at Terminal FEC (Kiev, Ukraine). This arena is not just the first LaserMaxx arena to be opened in the NIS countries, but the biggest laser tag facility at the territory of the Eastern Europe as well. Now see how Mr. Galish at Giperboloid laser tag arena answers our questions: Why this site may be considered as an "unusual" one? What is the age of an average player? What is the operator's impression of LaserMaxx equipment? How they advertise their arena in Ukraine? - etc., etc., etc. Please, Read more »
TANK COMMAND - A UNIQUE LASER TAG TECHNOLOGY BASED ACTIVITY
Following the idea of using small toy tanks for battle simulating with the help of laser tag technology inroduced by American Plantraco Ltd. in 2004, British company Tank Command Ltd. presented an enhanced version of it - "...a unique, fun and original activity and team game". Tank Command uses a fleet of radio controlled tanks (Tiger Mk1's along with Shermans), all of which are produced by a company called Tamiya (a world renowned producer of top quality radio controlled models). Each tank fires a harmless infra-red beam upto 35 metres allowing some long range shooting or close quarter shoot-outs. Each time your tank is hit, lights on the turret mounted battle systems flash to let you know, the first hit will slow your tank to half speed, the second will slow you down to 1/4 speed, and the third hit will knock your tank out of action for 10 - 15 seconds, after which, you tank will restart with full power and the battle resumes! Looks really great; Read more »
LASERMAXX COMES TO RUSSIA
The first LaserMaxx laser tag arena in Russian Federation was opened on October 14th, 2007 in Kaliningrad. Equipped with LaserMaxx Evolution III system, the new site (they call it LaserMaxx Club) can accomodate up to 12 players per game. This arena is the third LaserMaxx site opened in Eastern Europe / ex-USSR (there are also LaserMaxx sites in Riga / Latvia and in Kiev / Ukraine; both were opened in 2006). Please, Read more (rus.) » about Kiliningrad site.
LASERBLAST INTRODUCES A NEW PRODUCT LINE
Advanced Avionics, the Michigan based manufacturer of rugged commercial laser tag equipment has announced a new product line called "BasicBlast". According to Tim Ewald, VP of engineering, "The idea for the product came about when we realized that most of our customers used basic laser tag games to generate most of their revenue. We reasoned that a basic but flexible game with a lower up front investment would significantly expand the size of our market." Read more »
PC LASER TAG SIMULATOR
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Let us attrect your attention to an original PC game - Laser Arena by PlaySpoon.com, which may probably add some more popularity to the real laser tag arenas among PC gamers. So, Laser Arena is a FPS PC game specially designed to simulate laser tag. Play modes include Free for All (Deathmatch), Team Match, Duel, Domination and Mega Target. Players have 3 "health canisters", and every hit diminishes one of them. After three hits, the player counts as "dead" and has to respawn after a delay... You can download the game here (17 MB, zip-file).
25th ANNIVERSARY OF LASERFORCE ARENA IN BRISBANE
February, 2013: - 25th Anniversary of the World's Longest Running Laser Tag Site - Laserforce Brisbane - was celebrated in Australia.
When Laserforce was first established by the Kelly brothers in 1988, many believed it was little more than a passing fad. Now 25 years on Laserforce has become a multinational success, with 120 sites world-wide using the Australian made technology. "It's amazing the technology we have now compared to what we had when we first started" - Founder, Len Kelly said.
The original arena in Brisbane Australia has a database of over 320,000 registered players and it is still growing ever more popular with the young and the older for family fun, kids and teen birthday parties, corporate events and professional league. Please, Read more »
WILL LASER TAG GO A BOXING-LIKE SPORTIVE EVENT?
October, 2012: - LSUFC - Lasersport Ultimate Fighter Championship - is seen as a "1 vs 1" laser tag duelling, a unique lasertag tournament that can parallel a boxing or MMA event.
The produced during the tournament video may contain a polished event feel much like a modern televised MMA/Boxing match. Match ups can be edited as a lead in to the event, statistics may be displayed, a referee will announce the fighters, intro music will be played, winners will be announced, etc.
What do you think of such type of event? The opinions of regular players, as well as operators, are badly required. Please, Read more »
LASERMAXX PRESENTS VIRTUAL LASER TAG SIMULATOR
November, 2011: - Dutch laser tag manufacturer - LaserMaxx - presents an on-line laser tag game simulator. The game is done in a very realistic manner and virtually simulates their EVO-5 version of the equipment. The virtual player has an option to chose one of 5 different arenas (at present time; looks like more layouts will be added soon) and and may fight against his/her virtual opponents. Also, the players will be able to create their own arena layouts of different types. The game simulates laser tag game VERY precisely, with all the obstacles, traps, lights, fog you can find at a real arena. The official release is expected in the nearest time.
POLIGON 64 PRESENTS WIRELESS VERSION OF THE EQUIPMENT
September, 2011: - Russian laser tag manufacturer - Poligon 64 - developed and starts marketing of the wireless version of their outdoor equipment. Among the other features of the new version are: realistic sounds, use of two phasers simultaneously (the primary and auxiliary weapons), wireless 'phaser-sensor' connection, etc.
EAAPA MAGAZINE & LASER TAG
August, 2011: - The main topic of the latest issue of the published in Russia EAAPA magazine is the prepared by TRUTNEE.COM analytical survey devoted to laser tag industry. The survey provides the readers with the detailed and clear instructions on how to open their own laser tag facility.
EAAPA magazine is published by "Smile-Expo" (the organizer of the industry's biggest exhibition in Russia - ЕААРА) in co-operation with Russian Union for Pleasure Industry Associations (SAPIR/APLIA) and is distributed for free throughout the territory of Russian Federation and nearby countries. Available in Russian only.
LASER TAG MUSEUM
July, 2011: - The opened in 2005 to general public non-commercial Laser Tag Museum in Louisville (USA) has accumulated many materials of the history of the world laser tag industry – from the very dawn of laser tag era and till the present time.
Yet, to make the full-scale presentation of the industry, even more materials are needed - especially the laser tag products that are predominantly in Europe and Asia: samples of the old laser tag equipment (such as Reflex, Pulsar, early Laser Quest, Q-Zar ver.1-4, etc.), cool laser tag t-shirts, membership cards, unique posters, old manuals, flyers, brochures, informational video tapes, pins, patches, bumper stickers and other related items.
We are addressing all the laser tag enthusiasts asking for their help in creating the true world’s laser tag display. If you can help – please, contact either the ILTA staff (mitchlasertag.org / +1 317-786-9755) or TRUTNEE Administration (trutneenarod.ru). Your help will be much appreciated.
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