Tivia Plays Photon

Photon is the very first commercial laser tag game invented by George Carter III and launched in Dallas, TX on March 28, 1984 with the opening of the first Photon center. The equipment notably includes an attached helmet (red or green to identify your team) and a battery belt. Photon players originated the idea of having a personalized codename which could be identified with your individual passport used to log in to a game. Photon arenas with an observation deck allowed spectators to have an excellent view of the Alpha or Omega field where the game was played with players running between towers and hallways themed with immersive music, fog and lighting effects.

My love of laser tag began with Photon…

Although I never had the opportunity to play any original Photon in the eighties (I was too young at the time and there was no Photon center nearby anyway) I always felt there was something very special about Photon. My first introduction to the concept of laser tag came from watching the Photon television series as a young girl. I became fascinated with the history of the original laser sport online. However, it wasn't until 2014 that I had the chance to play the Photon game for the first time at the 30th anniversary celebration held at XP Lasersport in Laurel, Maryland where original packs and equipment were restored to give everyone an authentic and nostalgic experience. For all the laser tag I have played before and since I must admit that I proved to be pretty lousy at Photon! That's ok, it doesn't matter because I will always love it anyway. Photon is still the granddaddy of all laser tag, the game that paved the way for every other laser tag game that I love to play today and being there to celebrate it and actually play Photon has left me with wonderful memories and an even greater appreciation for the game. The light still shines!

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