Born in 1984 as the Star Trek Electronic Phasers, laser tag has always been a great halfway point between games and reality, letting kids and adults go toe-to-toe over the din of electronic blaster noise while still in their living rooms. Nintendo's NES Blaster, the beam-based controller for the game "Duck Hunt," was released the same year, but this was "Duck Hunt" where the ducks fired back. After that, it was often relegated to one-off games in arenas built by businesses, whether Dave & Buster's or a company specializing in the sport.
It's a disc gun, not a dart gun--and that's just part of how it manages to shoot a whopping 65 feet
By Bryan GardinerPosted 04.11.2012 at 11:31 am 0 Comments
Since Nerf introduced its first dart gun, the Sharpshooter, two decades ago, the company's engineers have struggled to find ways to significantly advance their toys' range beyond the original 35 feet. They repeatedly refined the firing mechanism and even added motors, but even their best improvements only added about 10 feet. Last year, they redesigned both the launch mechanism and the ammo (discs, not darts). The range of the resulting Vortex line and its newest glow-in-the-dark edition, the Lumitron: 65 feet.