Run and Gun: Airsoft Club and Laser Tag Club Will Keep You Aiming High
When it comes to videogames or grades, Techies love a spout of friendly competition, and clubs are taking advantage of it. This semester two unique clubs joined the SGA roster--Airsoft Club and Laser Tag Club.
This weekend I joined up with the Airsoft Club for their first official practice. This kind of club requires dedication-- most participants showed up with their own modded guns and special padded clothing. Some even had melee weapons, which are plastic knives and swords. If you didn’t have a gun, officers were kind enough to lend theirs out so that others could play.
Even more unique is the location the meetings are held at. Just a mile north from Socorro is the State Police Station. Behind the Station is an area of abandoned structures and barriers, making it the perfect place for an airsoft match.
The result was a fast-paced, intense game of dodging bullets and running for cover. Rounds lasted from eight minutes to twenty minutes, and FPS games such as Capture the Flag, Trouble in Terrorist Town, and Bomb Planting were all incorporated.
“Airsoft is the closest thing to a first person shooter game that you can get without joining the army,” says John Durica, President of the NMT Airsoft Club. “It's a good way to spend a Saturday morning, and a lot of fun.”
According to Durica the club has been active since Fall 2016, but he recently took it over this Fall. “NMT Students should participate in the Airsoft Club if they'd like to get outdoors and shoot at their friends.” Durica says. “It's a good way to learn teamwork with a varied group of people, and it improves rapid problem solving skills.”
Now we’re onto Laser Tag Club, which held their meeting the following day. Unlike Airsoft Club, Laser Tag provides all the equipment needed to play-- all members needed was their smartphone. This club meeting was held right outside of Presidents Hall, using the cover of trees. As members linked their guns to their phones, Vice President Dyllian Powell set up the match on its own designated server. This club was very tech-heavy and even had its own WiFi hub to prevent dropping.
Laser Tag Club had some minor technical difficulties starting up, but despite this members of the club were having a blast shooting each other, and even throwing their own special laser grenades. According to Powell, the club had almost 100 signatures at club fair, which is about 5% of the student population.
“We started laser tag to gather a steady playerbase,” says Powell. “I wanted to play one of my favorite games more frequently.”
Rounds lasted as long as requested, and team modes could be enabled. A round of Juggernaut was even played, where all the players teamed up against a player with maxed-out health.
“Techies should do [laser tag] because it’s a really quick way to take a break from homework,” says Powell. “It lets them get some small exercise with an opportunity to meet students who have similar interests.”
Students at the meeting said laser tag was “fun, quick, and easy to play”, and with all of the equipment, no one had to wait to play.
If you want a real adrenaline rush with real combat basics, Airsoft Club is the place for you. If getting pelted with BBs isn’t quite your style, and you’re looking for a quick and easy match, then you should check out Laser Tag Club. Nonetheless, these clubs are growing fast, and I’m definitely gunning for them in the future.
Airsoft Club meets every other Saturday at 10 am behind the Police Station. Laser Tag Club meets every Sunday at 5 pm in front of Presidents Hall. For more information and to get involved, email Airsoft Club at NMTAirsoft@gmail.com or Laser Tag CLub at firstname.lastname@example.org.