Laser Tag is both a team and an individual sport- recreational activity in which players win by tagging designated targets, mostly using light guns that illuminate infrared beams. These infrared-sensitive targets are commonly worn by players in the arena in which the game is played. Ever since its birth in 1979, with the release of the game Star Trek Electronic Phasers, Laser Tag has evolved into both indoor
and outdoor styles of play, and may include simulations of combat, role-play or competitive sporting events including tactical configurations and precise game goals.
Laser Tag is popular with a wide range of ages. In comparison with paintball & softball, laser tag is harmless because it does not use any projectiles. Also, its indoor versions could be considered less physically demanding since most of them do not allow running.
In late 1970’s and early 1980’s, the United States Army developed a system that uses infrared beams
for combat training purposes. The MILES system functions like laser tag since it is also based on infrared beams that are fired into receivers that score successful shots. Similar systems are currently manufactured by companies worldwide and are used by various armed forces.