LIVE ACTION VIDEO GAME TECH – ATHLETICS FOR A NEW GENERATION
Local businesses Liberty Arena and BaseTactics teamed up to bring a new athletic event that uses tactical video game combat simulation for exercise.
Influenced by popular video games like Halo and Call of Duty, local business BaseTactics uses high-tech equipment to create what feels like a live action computer game. Each player interacts with realistic laser tag equipment that looks and sounds like some of video game’s most popular weapons (such as the P90 most often used in Call of Duty).
“Although realistic in look and feel, the equipment uses a harmless infrared beam, like your TV remote, that tags sensors worn by the opposing team’s players. BaseTactics teaches fundamental values of teamwork in a customized style of play that is a great way for anyone to get out and physically play in the action, versus just watching it passively. There’s also no real projectiles or paint to deal with,” explained Kevin Walter, BaseTactics owner.
This event is great for teens, parents, and coaches; especially those looking for innovative ways to get youth generally not interested in traditional sports to get some exercise in. Sports teams needing a new form of conditioning to break up routine, or to build a greater sense of comradery, will also benefit. Individuals or teams can attend from 1:00pm-5:00pm, Friday, June 10th at The Liberty Arena (315 Hepburn St, Williamsport, PA 17701). Participants must be 10 or older to play and a waiver is required to play. As co-host to the event, The Liberty Arena will be operating normal concessions and managing reservations and walk-ins. Come play as individuals or teams, the cost is $7 per person a game or $11 for two games. Waivers can be accessed at www.basetactics.com.
“We teamed with Liberty Arena for this event because we’re personally passionate about providing a way for youth, adults, and college students to take what are commonly sedentary passions (like strategy games and video games) and make them so physically fun that it doesn’t feel like exercise at all.”