Laser Tag Facts

In the laser tag industry, there have been more than a few ‘alternative facts’ flying around, spread by misinformation and fake news. It’s time to correct the record.

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We hear time and time again that other manufacturers say they are the largest. Don’t believe the alternative facts. While it may be true in some territories, Zone remains the
largest global laser tag manufacturer.

Why does it matter? When you’re investing in a product, you want to be sure the brand is known, trusted and reliable. With over 900 active indoor laser tag centres, along
with several hundred more portable systems, you can trust that Zone knows laser tag.

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Fact: Vests are quicker to put on and far more comfortable than Ponchos.

Most other companies offer over-the-head laser tag ponchos. Why? Because they’re cheaper and easier to make. However, it’s the operator that feels the downside: longer kit-up times, complaints from customer from pulling hair, earrings, and glasses – as well as sore shoulders from hard shoulder plates.

In 2006, in conjunction with professional seamstresses, Zone developed a highly comfortable vest design that clips easily from the front. The vest fits the form, while the weight rests more comfortably over the shoulders without hard shoulder plates.

Don’t believe the alternative facts. Vests are quicker and easier to put on, saving you time and money. They are much more comfortable and don’t catch on hats, glasses, hair or earrings. Give your customers the best laser tag experience.

VEST PONCHO
ARE easy to put on and save time TAKE up to twice as long to put on
DON’T catch on hats CATCH on hats
DON’T catch on glasses CATCH on glasses
DON’T catch on earrings CATCH on earrings
ZONE vests don’t cause sore shoulders CAUSE sore shoulders
ARE comfortable for women CAN be uncomfortable for women

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Fact: Zone has the ONLY colour touch screen in the industry, with animations, tag recognition, and important game information.

Some companies claim that there’s no point to a screen on the phaser. They say they are useless and distract from gameplay. They say that phaser screens break. Don’t believe the alternative facts. Only those who don’t know how to implement a phaser screen will argue that it’s not needed.

Zone’s Helios Pro touch screen is housed in anti-shock, antistatic rubber housing and protected by a solid plastic plate—in addition to the built-in vandalism abuse protection. Millions of game hours have been played on Helios Pro with near zero breakages.

Since 1987, with the development of Phasor Strike, Zone has included a screen. Nowadays, children grow up familiar with touchscreen devices. Laser tag is about the experience of another reality, an immersive game. It’s essential to know how well you’re doing at any given time in a game – that’s why all computer games give you a score, a rank, a game time.

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Fact: Zone laser tag is the ONLY laser tag manufacturer to wow customers with a brilliant 13mm green laser.

Some companies would have you believe that the size and colour of the laser makes no difference to the laser tag experience. It’s in the name: having the best, brightest laser is essential for laser tag.

Players want to see where they’re tagging, and they want to see their laser. Here at Zone, we don’t shy away from giving the customer what they want: laser tag.

Zone once again leads the industry with the largest laser of any manufacturer. We pride ourselves on innovation, and giving the consumer the greatest experience. That’s not at any sacrifice of safety: Zone’s lasers exceed all safety regulations.

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Don’t believe the alternative facts. Players love Helios Pro’s FAT 13mm laser beam because it’s bright and brilliant. It brings the game experience alive with lasers flying everywhere – just as it should be.

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Fact: Zone leads while the rest of the industry plays catch up.

Some push the idea that laser tag manufacturers are the same, that they all innovate equally. Since Zone’s first system, developed over 30 years ago, we have been pushing the industry forward with new innovations and technological advancements. Don’t believe the alternative facts. Every innovation has been painstakingly researched and developed by Zone – and then copied by the competition.

This is a list of industry firsts that Zone implemented—in 1991. Imagine what we have done in the 26 years since as we have grown and technology has advanced.

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Version 3 (v4 phaser) – first released in 1991 – picture courtesy of the laser tag museum

  • Red diode lasers
  • Dallas button membership
  • LCD screen
  • Multiple hit-zones
  • HAL button for game start
  • Self-diagnostic system
  • Stuns
  • Score handicapping
  • In-game handicapping
  • Operator programmable games
  • Radio scoring uplink
  • Automated smoke machine control
  • Automated arena lighting control
  • Automated power control
  • Auto music control in game
So many of Zone’s innovations have become industry standards for decades. Like Version 3 in 1991, Helios Pro is bristling with industry firsts:

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Fact: Zone has the largest competition laser tag scene.

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Brisbane Maroons winning the 2015 Australasian Zone Laser Tag Championships – Photo courtesy of Doc Baldwin

Have you heard of competition laser tag? Well, if you haven’t – you sure will soon! Competitive Laser tag is the fastest growing next-generation sport, played in countries all over the world – with Zone leading the way. Here are the facts:

  • The largest competitive scene of all the manufactures
  • The longest running national or transnational competition – active since 1999
  • National competitions in Australia, USA, New Zealand, Finland, Sweden, France, Singapore and the UK
  • The largest competition ever held in 2017 with 33 teams and over 230 competitors
  • The only genuine world’s competition, established 2003
  • Large cohort of female players

Some companies insist that competitive players drive away business, but that’s simply not true. Around the globe, hundreds of leagues are successfully run every year, running on quiet nights, encouraging repeat play and a reliable income.

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Albury Fury – Photo courtesy of Doc Baldwin

Ask yourself, do you want to be left behind on an inferior product as this exciting sport grows into the mainstream?

There’s a reason the Zone competition scene is so successful: the gear. Zone designs laser tag with key competitive features that players love.

  • Instant hit feedback
  • Accurate tagging
  • Large statistical basis for gameplay analytics
  • Ergonomic lightweight vest
  • Thin and manoeuvrable design
  • Dedicated competition scoreboards
  • All day battery life
  • Holds up to repeat play

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Fact: You can play laser tag in comfort – with Zone.

Don’t believe the alternative facts. Not every laser tag pack is the same. Be sure to try them all on before deciding, and you will see for yourself why Zone is the industry leader.

It’s often assumed that playing laser tag means putting on a sweaty, heavy, bulky, uncomfortable device. All companies insist that theirs is the most comfortable. Here’s why you should choose zone:

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Zone Other Major Manufacturers
HIGHLY comfortable ergonomic vest OUTDATED poncho design
SEPARATED front plastics ensures a hugging fit SINGLE bulky chest plastics
HIGHLY manoeuvrable – perfect for competitive play BIG bulky plastics
NO sore shoulders HARD plastic or metal plates over the shoulders
FITS comfortably over the bust SITS uncomfortably on the bust
GREAT for all body types You decide…

 

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Fact: It’s easy to be reliable when you don’t innovate. Zone achieves both.

There is one ‘alternative fact’ narrative that we cannot stand to hear: that Zone is an unreliable product. It’s time to put it to rest. This assertion is not only false, but absurd. Zone is by far the largest global manufacturer of laser tag products. We have sites still running and making money with 20 year old equipment. It’s simply not possible for us to survive with an unreliable product.

Our packs have been tested under the most ruthless conditions and stress tested to make sure your laser tag attraction won’t buckle under abuse or rough play.

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Laser tag is a commercial operation and your equipment will see play day-in-day-out. It’s inevitable that things go wrong from time to time, no matter what equipment you have. The key is in minimising downtime, so you can continue making money. Here’s how we keep our operators running strong:

  • The toughest plastics to protect vital circuitry
  • Low profile to minimise bashing against walls
  • Woven polypropylene mesh vest – flexible, comfortable and strong
  • Extensive quality testing
  • All day battery life
  • Adjustable vandalism abuse detector
  • Self-diagnostics running every game
  • Immediate notification of issues (not waiting for a daily report)
  • ‘Swaptronics’ – easy replacement of boards and cords without glue or solder
  • Suite of maintenance and training videos

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Fact: Only those with the best laser tag experience will survive – Zone provides that experience.

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“As long as it shoots lasers, the players won’t care.” We hear this from time to time and it couldn’t be further from the truth. Players crave an immersive, exciting,

diverse and fair game experience—when you provide that, they will come back time and time again.

  • Instant hit recognition
  • Accurate tagging
  • Photo/avatar tag recognition
  • Large statistical set for gameplay analysis
  • Fun and fair gameplay – built-in optional handicapping
  • Enormous array of customisable game styles and formats
  • Achievements, XP and rankings
  • Foolproof magnetic triggers
  • More varied games than any other manufacturer
  • The proof is in the pudding:
  • The only company to boast a true World’s competition
  • The largest competition scene in the world
  • Players from competitor sites travel to play at Zone competitions
  • Robust league scene
  • Thousands of members worldwide

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