Partake in a futuristic laser party with today’s side deal: for $80, you and five friends can have a private, two-hour laser-combat party from Galaxy Gaming (a $168 value). Choose a public or private outdoor space for your laser bash, or laze it up at Galaxy’s outdoor combat location in Harrisburg or the Leif Erickson YMCA camp located at the 26th Street exit off I-229. For larger groups, Galaxy Gaming is also offering 50% off the two-hour rental price for additional laser guns—$14 instead of $28 (after your two-hour party is finished, regular rates apply).
A far cry from glow-in-the-dark indoor laser games, Galaxy’s outdoor sessions craft realistic battlefields for combat role-playing scenarios. Missions include acting as bodyguard for an assigned Very Important Person, ferrying them to safety while other designated ambushers attempt to eliminate the VIP; Running Man –style games where hunters hunt snipers and snipers snipe hunters; and a “team death match” similar to Capture the Flag but with a steady flow of simulated gunplay.
Combat is performed with laser guns from Battlefield Live, manufacturers of top-shelf gaming guns that realistically mimic AK-47s, Uzis, and handguns. The true-to-life look and feel of these guns heightens the immersive quality of the role-play, making them far preferable to gaming guns that mimic the sounds of wind across empty plains and the plaintive voice of your childhood best friend.
Armed with state-of-the-art lasers, players dodge enemy beams in a 5,000-square-foot arena awash in neon and black lights. During open-play sessions held Friday–Sunday, up to 14 participants weave their way through the obstacle-laden space on a variety of missions. The lasers also function outside, enabling Galaxy Gaming to frequently host outdoor missions in yards with enough obstacles.
Competition continues in the gaming lounge, where more than 200 computer and console games run on more than 60 PC, PlayStation3, and Xbox 360 stations. Gamers can play friends or other patrons with all-day passes or during Friday and Saturday all-night sessions, which last from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. or whenever Mario throws out his back. Galaxy Gaming's resident techies also rid computers of viruses, build custom PCs, and create personalized gaming rigs.