Of the various ecclectic hobbies I’ve tried over the year, this one is perhaps the one that receives the most mixed responses. The primary demographic of the laser-tag business is the children’s birthday party, which I had more than a few of in my younger days.
There is a secondary demographic that isn’t always supported at these centres, and that is the student and young-adult, the membership base of young adults who enjoy playing enough to go to a centre without the excuse of a party.
Most of the arenas in the UK that I’ve visited have had some kind of membership system, and the ones that don’t typically have very poor equipment maintanence standards: After all, if your exclusive demographic is children, then how are they to notice if their pack is missing half its sensors and can’t aim in a straight line?
At the age of 17 I was introduced to the membership scene of my local arena, and I’ve not looked back. The community there grew into my main group of friends, and given me opportunity to travel all over the country (And indeed other countries) to meet other people like myself who just enjoy running around in a darkened room shooting lasers at each other.
As long as I have a place to play and friends who likewise enjoy playing, I will continue to play locally and in tournaments. It’s just too much fun not to!