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March 26, 2010

Laser tag still exists. How awesome is that?

since we lived out in the boonies, we didn't have many laser tag  joints nearby. so mom and pops bought us a

Zap! Zap zap ziggity zap!

I'm talking about Laser Tag, of course. Remember Laser Tag? The game where you had guns and tried to hit other people with beams of light?

It's back. En masse.

Sun reporter Chris Kaltenbach has all the details in this story, which ran in today's paper. Check this part out:

Nationwide, there are some 760 facilities that offer laser tag, either exclusively or as part of a larger facility; that's up from about 560 in 2004, according to figures provided by the International Laser Tag Association.

The International Laser Tag Association? Baaaaahahahaha!!! ...

According to Chris' story, two new Laser Tag centers have recently opened in the Baltimore area. And Laser Tag is flush:

The group estimates they account for about $217 million in revenue a year in North America, based on an average of 2.75 million laser tag "experiences" every month.

Wow. Where do I sign up?

I was a kid back when Laser Tag took the world by storm.

Since we lived in the boonies, far away from any signs of civilization, let alone Laser Tag, Mom and Pops bought us this home Laser Tag setup. Everybody wore a laser-sensitive badge on their chest, and your opponents tried to zap it. Oh, the fun we had.

Just wait -- 30 years from now I'll have some terrible brain tumor from all the lasers beamed into my body.

Guess I better make the most of the time I've got left ... by playing Laser Tag!

(Baltimore Sun photo by Kenneth K. Lam)

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 11:40 AM | | Comments (7)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


Home laser tag sets were always ruined by the kids who realized they could just put their hand over their chest sensor and become invincible.

But Photon down on route 1 in Laurel, now that place claimed far too many hours and far too many dollars from me in my middle school years.

is there a bar and maybe we can eventually have a Midnight Sun party there.

"I must destroy Sam Sessa"

Bring the heat, Jason Z. You'll see why they call me the Laser Master.

We need to take the Midnight Sun band of reprobates to the laser tag at Eastpoint Mall.

And you're going down, Sessa.

Last time I played was at Ultrazone Eastpoint Mall for one of my friends' bachelor parties. For our first game they put like 8 of us against a team consisting of a birthday party of 9 year old boys and 3 teenage girls.

Needless to say we destroyed them. It turns out 9 year olds don't understand the concepts of cover, spreading out, or moving. Neither do girls. Or Bryanintowson.

On the way in one of the little kids goes "I can't believe they're making us go against them. They're... dudes, and we're just kids!"


As you know we had no Laser Tag in Dover growing up, so all the kids in my neighborhood had the home version. I saw them in my parents attic last weekend and it reminded me of some epic battles.

You ever try the laser tag drive by on YOUR Huffy?

one question: Why are we not having the Midnight Sun "Situation" at a laser tag venue?

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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