If you are looking for life-like, hardcore action, go trigger happy with laser gaming, says Anupma Tripathi
The gaming arena at Lasergame.in is bright with fluorescent lights
All you have is 10 minutes. Your aim is to protect your 'home base' and take down the enemy's. You frantically run to find a vantage point to shoot your opponents, hide, duck, run, shout till the exercise leaves you gasping for breath.
But relax, for it's just an action game played with neon-coloured lasers! If you crave for adrenaline-pumping action and can't get enough of electromagnetic bright lights, then Lasergame.in in Delhi is the place to be.
Laser gaming is an exhilarating, high-tech action game that's played in a darkened UV-lit labyrinth. And it's catching the fancy of many — under-10-year-olds to 40-plus adults.
Lasergame.in in Delhi's Janakpuri district — a one-of-its-kind gaming venue in India — is heavily booked for events like birthdays, corporate team-building sessions, bachelor parties and casual get-togethers.
Footfalls here are increasing by the day, says Baptiste M. Frrot, 26, one of the three MDs of Lasergame.in: "Of the 100 customers we get a day, 80 per cent are repeat clients." At Rs 210 per action-packed 10 minutes, customers can't get enough.
The gaming arena accommodates up to 14 people per session and is almost foggy with bright fluorescent lights. But before the action begins, participants are led to a briefing room dominated by a computer screen. Players are taken through the paces of the game by a trained 'marshall' and his team of seven.
The players are then divided into teams and instructed on how to use the laser gun, or the Phaser, and the other equipment. Slipping into 'electronic' jackets, the warriors are marched into the playing arena. These jackets are special and are fitted with target-sensors on the front, back, shoulders and the Phasers. The jackets 'activate' in the gaming room allowing the players to fire their Phasers at their opponents. At the end of the game, the jackets shut down automatically.
Frrot, a French national, says: "I conceived the idea in 2010 while on a visit to India and thought of launching something new here." He set up the company in partnership with Alex Lieury and Mathieu Chanard who operate the Amarya Group of Boutique Hotels in India.
Frrot, who has imported the gaming equipment from Canadian manufacturers, has also been trained in their use. His staff too undergoes a wo-month training on the machines.
And no, the lasers are not harmful to one's health. Frrot says: "The rays are very low-power and are computer-controlled to only flash briefly, which does not harm the eyes or the body."
All you adrenaline junkies out there, it's time to pull the trigger. Your time starts now...