The darkness covers you as you sneak to a tipped-over table and crouch behind it, the intense music booming from the speakers above helping to conceal any noise. You peak around the table to try to get a better angle, but the enemy sees you first and has a clear shot. You’ve been hit, and you must run back to the “hospital” to use an extra life.
You have 15 minutes and only five lives to help your team dominate the Elmen gym in a real life video game experience.
“I was in total stealth mode,” freshman Carrigan Cleveringa said after playing a round of laser tag.
Recreational Service’s Intramural Blue team (IM Blue) hosted Late Night Laser Tag last Saturday night for Augustana students. Teams of 12 could sign up for a 15-minute time slot to play laser tag against their opponent during the three hour Late Night.
Galaxy Gaming provided the gear and equipment for the game, and the Elmen staff set up the course, complete with tipped-over tables, high jump mats and garbage cans, all to hide behind.
Sophomore Lydia Hanson, team leader for IM Blue, said the goal of the evening was to make it feel like a video game.
“It’s an added bonus that guys really want to come,” Hanson said.
Taylor Allis, a senior staff member who helped set up the Late Night, said Recreational Services strives to “offer a wide variety of things to do on a Saturday night other than stay in your dorms.”
Around 225 students came to participate in Late Night Laser Tag, almost 100 of which were males. The Late Night also included walleyball, volleyball, basketball and dodgeball so students could play while waiting for their next round of laser tag.
Zakarya Konte, an international student, said his favorite part of the night was shooting people in laser tag, but he also enjoyed the other activities Recreational Services set up.
“It’s a good moment to socialize and play a lot of games,” Konte said.
Allis said Recreational Services hosted an International Olympics with the international students the week before school started and said she’s seen a greater involvement from them this year.
“They’re a lot more comfortable with the Elmen now,” Allis said.
Recreational Services will host 15 more Late Nights throughout the year, including a second laser tag event in May.
The next Late Night is roller skating from 10 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, Sept. 28 at Carousal Skate. This year’s theme is to dress in thrift shop apparel. Recreational Services encourages you to bring your own skates or bring $3 to rent skates.