I am not certain about your thinking back in the day. But for myself I not only drank the Kool-Aid that was the idea of Lazer Tag as game. I also believed it was going to be THE ultimate sport of the future as well.
For myself I was lucky enough to actually get my hands on a Lazer Tag game kit back in the day. That was of course the basic set a Player would need. You received the StarLyte – which was the weapon of choice in the year 3010.
Then of course you had the StarSensor, which was rather important. How else would you know you had received enough hits to be out of the game?
Last but not least you had the StarBelt. While it is true its main purpose was to keep that sensor firmly in place. It at the same time offered the opportunity for a Player of Lazer Tag to cut a sporting figure. Making a fashion statement in 3010 was just as important back in 1986. That was when the game was released by Worlds of Wonder at the very same time as Entertech’s Photon laser tag system.
Now to be absolutely honest. Lazer Tag in 3010 looks a little like Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome mixed with Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone!
Now most of you are well aware from the Diary Podcast that I work at an arcade. The Arkadia Retrocade. Which is how last night – thanks to the generosity of a friend, I had access to the game once again.
Naturally I found myself suiting up once again to play some Lazer Tag. Visions of the sport of the future filled my head as I slipped on the StarVest and StarHelmet.
Because of how many people were in the arcade…as well as being old. I chose to just look the part instead of running through the arcade. Maybe tonight though we can get a game going?
Now to help you get those images out of your brain. Check out this promotional video for Lazer Tag
Exciting news today for all of us fans of Max Rockatansky (Mel Gibson) and the post-apocalyptic world that Director George Miller created. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is releasing all three of the Mad Max films to Blu-Ray on June 4th, now Mad Max and the Road Warrior are already available but this will be the first time that Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome will be available on HD.
Mad Max Theatrical Trailer (1979)
I will assume that the Blu-Ray version of Mad Max will present the original Australian dialogue version and not the American dubbed version as you can hear in the trailer above.
Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981)
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985)
No word yet on if any of the films will have special features such as commentary or perhaps a retrospective of the Mad Max trilogy. A preview of next year’s Mad Max: Fury Road would be a welcome addition to the collection though in my opinion.
From the Warner Bros. Press Release: “From the very first film, Oscar winner George Miller (Happy Feet, 2006) proved a master at creating the gritty, bleak dystopian world and staging the incredible car stunts and crashes in the era when stuntmen, not computers, achieved the effects. All three movies starred Mel Gibson, virtually unknown until after the second film, as Max Rockatansky, a highway cop traveling through the Outback in a society descending into chaos. The films started Gibson on his road to international superstardom, led to his signature Lethal Weapon series, and later two Academy Awards for his roles as producer and director of Braveheart (1995).”
The Mad Max Trilogy Blu-ray Collection will come in a limited premium tin packaging for $49.99, making a great gift for Father’s Day. Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, which is making its Blu-ray debut, will also be made available as a single release along with Mad Max Road Warrior.”