One of the surprises of 2020 for us has been a tremendous demand for Laser Tag. While people are avoiding large venues where they may be mingling with strangers, private parties that meet the CDC guidelines have been extraordinarily popular during COVID. While video games have been popular, this year we have seen unprecedented demand for our laser tag offering.
The reason is simple.
Parents want to get their kids out of the house.
Perhaps it harkens back to a simpler time when we used to play outside. When I was a kid growing up in the 70’s I remember my parents kicking me out of the house and telling me not to come back until dinner time. I even remember one summer when I raced back into the house after dark and my dad asked, “are you done for the night?” Not breaking stride as I ran to the junk drawer, I shouted back over my shoulder, “Nope just getting a flashlight!” My father’s response? “Okay kid.”
We have learned a lot about parenting (and no I never turned my kids loose like that when they were young) — the image of our children playing outside with each other I do not believe will ever go away.
So let’s take a look at what is making Laser Tag so popular.
This is Not Your Father’s Laser Tag
You are probably most familiar with indoor laser tag. With indoor laser tag, black lights and fog create an otherworld atmosphere where groups of players — divided into teams — compete with each other as they navigate a darkened maze. GameTruck Laser Tag is completely different.
For the Record: Laser Tag is not played in the truck!
GameTruck brand Laser Tag is played outside. If you actually look at the most popular first-person shooter (FPS) games today you may notice something in common with them. They are all played in very realistic environments. The days of hazy otherworldly space battles seem to be over, at least in the video game space.
In addition, at a GameTruck Laser Tag event, only your invited guests can participate. The event is private. You may find this shocking, but most people play it in the front or back yard. Like the old-school game of tag for which it’s named, you don’t need as much space as you would think to play.
The Taggers Are Safer Than You Know
I have a secret, but you have to promise not to tell your kids. Laser Tag units are basically TV remote controls dressed up to look like fancy science fiction blasters. They “transmit” infra-red light (basically an LED blinks on and off behind some optics) and “sensors” pick up the light and decode the signal to figure out where it came from, and who gets the credit for the tag.
The biggest risk the taggers pose is their weight. Seriously. This is why we have a strict no running policy. The rugged aircraft-grade aluminum units are light enough for a six-year-old to hold but they can pack a wallop if you get bumped with one.
Laser Tag embraced social distancing before social distancing was a thing. They are more fun to operate over long distances, and most players realize they are at a disadvantage up close because the software inside the tagger limits how fast you can pull the trigger. Strategy, teamwork, and communication are the keys to success in almost every laser tag game.
Gamers Love it
Kids who play video games, especially first-person shooter (FPS) games like Fortnite, tend to understand Laser tag immediately. They are familiar with the concepts and game modes. The chance to play an FPS like game in real life is irresistible. What’s more, the players are able to experiment with different games. They can work as teams, play individually, or recreate popular video game experiences like infection, or dreadnaught. Our coaches are constantly assessing the newest most popular games. They take away the learning curve so players spend more time tagging each other than figuring out rules.
Summer, fall, winter, spring — gamers play laser tag in all seasons. Each change in the season brings a different feel and a different texture to the experience. Dodging behind trash cans in the summer has a completely different vibe than building a snow fort in winter and defending your kingdom.
Parents love it
Finally, the number one reason Laser Tag has become enormously popular this fall — (nearly tripling demand) is because the kids are outside and moving around. Homeschooling, e-learning, and all that time in front of screens have been tough on everyone. What’s more, many of the public spaces we used to attend may be off-limits or closed. Laser Tag lets you create an active world in the privacy of your own back yard.
Parents tell them that the sight of their kids interacting with friends alone makes it worthwhile. Add to that they are burning calories and stretching their arms and legs as they move from hiding spot to hiding spot, and both parents and players have loved GameTruck Laser Tag. Supervised by GameTruck Staff who act as part referee, part coach, and part technical support, parents can sit back and enjoy themselves and their kids having fun. (Note: Some adults are even known to join in the fun!)
When I started GameTruck I was dead set against Laser Tag. I wanted to focus on being the best video game party company on the planet. You know how stubborn entrepreneurs can be. Yet, customers kept calling and asking for it. When our booking agents told them it was unavailable, parents still booked with GameTruck anyway.
That affected me in two ways. First, I thought, “Who does that!?” How many times do you call up a company looking for one product only to end up buying something completely different? I had mistakenly thought the parents were buying video game parties — the product we sold them. The truth is, they wanted help celebrating their child’s birthday. While they might have preferred laser tag, the parents wanted a successful celebration from a trusted company more than a specific activity. This insight has driven our company for over a decade and I believe it is the key to our long-standing success. What is the saying? 10 million guests can’t be wrong?
The second effect these customers had on me was much more practical and simple. I asked myself, “Why weren’t we selling people things they wanted to buy from us?” In short order, we added laser tag, and as they say, “the rest was history.”
Laser Tag Get’s Them Moving
The bottom line is that at GameTruck we are committed to doing anything we can to help you celebrate your child’s birthday. In full disclosure, depending upon where you live, some, or all of our services may be curtailed or suspended entirely. These are trying times. I think we are all looking forward to getting back to an open, safe, and free country where we can spend time with our friends again.
During this time of solidarity, however, where we are all making sacrifices to help expedite that day — and you happen to live in an area that allows small private gatherings like Laser Tag, you might want to check this out. Thousands of families just like yours have already found it to be a tremendously successful way to get their kids off the screens and outside playing with friends. I’m not just making that up. Our Net Promoter Score (NPS) ranks as an astounding 92. That is higher than Zappos, Amazon, Enterprise Rent-a-car, and many other national brands. It is certainly the highest score of any video game party company. What that means is 9 out of 10 people would recommend a GameTruck laser tag party to their friends.
Don’t believe me? If you have had a friend who has hosted a Laser Tag party, just ask them. You don’t have to take my word for it.
At GameTruck Chicago, we’re more than just your average mobile video game party bus. We’re proud to offer our clients a unique and engaging way to get up and get active for any occasion, all from the comfort of your backyard!
Whether you’re planning a kids’ birthday party, school fundraiser, or corporate event for grownups, our expert GameCoaches know what it takes to make your next special event one to remember.
How you ask? We have the solution you’re looking for: GameTruck Powered LaserTag.
What Can I Expect from GameTruck Powered LaserTag?
Planning an outdoor laser tag party is easy with GameTruck Chicago. When you hire us for video game parties or just want to try out a new activity, GameTruck powered LaserTag will turn your property into a custom battlefield for you and 11 of your guests.
Our GameCoaches will provide everything you need for outdoor laser tag, including our state-of-the-art equipment and technology that will turn any yard, playground, or park into a custom laser tag arena all of your guests can enjoy.
With GameTruck Chicago, we’ll take care of all the party planning, so you don’t have to. As for the party host? Just sit back, relax, or join in on the fun, too!
As your professional GameTruck party planners, we want you to have as much fun as possible. From loading and unloading gear to setting up your outdoor arena, you never have to lift a finger when we roll up to your front door.
Parents, this goes for you, too. Our equipment is easy to assemble and clean up—and don’t worry, we’ll take everything with us when we leave!
Not Your Average Laser Tag Arena
It’s 2017. Laser tag is no longer confined to a dark room. Our state-of-the-art technology and equipment allow us to transform any space into a battleground. This means no more hauling guests to and from your local neighborhood laser tag arena. We bring the party to you!
As part of our commitment to exceptional service, our GameCoaches are fully trained to make your party as safe and stress-free as it is unforgettable. Not a dull moment goes by with GameTruck Chicago. Our GameCoaches will referee the game so that everyone is playing fair and having as much fun as possible.
The More the Merrier
Don’t go at it alone! GameTruck Powered LaserTag is a tactical simulation for up to 11 players. When we set up your outdoor laser tag arena, every tree, shrub, and bench take on new life. Every field is unique, every adventure special. Split everyone into groups for team-based mission adventures or unleash a chaotic free-for-all!
The best part? GameTruck Chicago offers different games to match individual play styles. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or playing for the first time, everyone on the field is guaranteed to have a blast.
Choose Us for Your Next Special Event
GameTruck Powered LaserTag is perfect for functions, big and small. Book us for birthday parties, school events, graduation parties, community events, you name it! GameTruck Powered LaserTag will create lasting memories that you and your friends will buzz about for weeks to come.
Part On with GameTruck Chicago
GameTruck Chicago delivers unique and engaging entertainment that you and your guests will love. With our commitment to maintenance and reliability, including making sure all of our trailers have backup generators, along with our experienced GameCoaches, you can be confident that all of your guests will have an unforgettable experience.
For residents of Chicago, Naperville, Wilmette, and the surrounding areas, GameTruck Powered LaserTag is the perfect add-on to any special event. Request a party with us today when you contact us at (866)253-3191, or click here to learn more.
School events get a bad rap for being stuffy and boring– but they don’t have to be! With GameTruck Savannah, your next school fundraiser or group event can be just as fun as any video game or laser tag party. GameTruck Savannah is a flexible option to make your next school event stand out and leave your students buzzing for weeks to come.
GameTruck Savannah for School Events
When you hire GameTruck Savannah for your next fundraiser, awards ceremony, or school celebration, we guarantee your students will love what we have in store. Our GameTruck trailers arrive fully stocked with the newest and coolest gaming consoles and video game titles on the market. Our trailers can hold up to 24 players at a time for an unforgettable mobile gaming experience the whole classroom can enjoy.
GameTruck Powered LaserTag
In addition to our mobile entertainment theater, we proudly offer GameTruck powered LaserTag. We’ll turn your school’s playground, bus loop, or courtyard into a raging battlefield for kids and grownups alike. Whether you want to reward your students for good grades or celebrate the end of the school year with school faculty, GameTruck Savannah has what it takes to execute the perfect school event, no matter the size of your student body or budget.
How We Can Help
No event is too big or too small for GameTruck Savannah! Our mobile entertainment theaters are the perfect addition to any school event, including but not limited to:
- End-of-year Celebrations
- Graduation Ceremonies
- Faculty Parties
- Teacher Appreciation Day
- Reading Awards
- Achievement Awards
- School Fundraisers
- Sports Events
- School Carnivals
- Economics Day
- School Dances
- Homecoming and Prom
- Seasonal Events
- And more
Maximum Capacity for Fun
Our GameTruck trailers can hold up to 24 players for simultaneous action! For maximum fun at your next school event, we suggest rotating players in and out in groups or divided by grades, allowing students to engage in a game of outdoor LaserTag until they’re up again. This way, the fun doesn’t stop, and everyone gets a chance to sample the latest and greatest games we have to offer.
We’ve hosted parties as large as 100+ people! No matter the size of your school or event, GameTruck Savannah’s got you covered.
At GameTruck Savannah, our trailers are handicapped accessible and come equipped with wheelchair ramps so that all students can participate in your event.
Keeping School Cool: GameTruck Savannah
Ready to book GameTruck Savannah for your next school event? Give us a call to set a time and place. We are a first-come-first-serve service, so the sooner you call, the abler we are to accommodate you.
Regarding how long you can book our GameTruck trailers, we offer a full range of party packages and times to accommodate your event. Whether you need us for half a day, a full school day, or separate days, we can help. How long you book us is dependent on your school’s budget, though we do require a two-hour minimum for our video game parties.
For booking information, give us a call today at (866)253-3191 to learn more about our party packages and group event details.