Every gamer’s dream is to actually be in the game – to experience the adrenaline rush of being in someone else’s scope and to smack-talk prepubescent teenagers. Without actually traveling to the future, this was accomplished last Friday at laser tag, an event hosted by University Activities Board.
Junior Stephanie Onyeador was in charge of the night’s activities, and also was a part of what was called Showcase Week, which featured two comedians, an ice cream sundae social and a slam poetry contest. She expected over 100 students to participate in the night’s laser tag event.
With two teams of five, contestants went head to head with only a thin barrier separating the teams.
“I thought it was a really good idea – a good way to start a Friday night,” freshman Christian Stueve said.
He had competed twice already when interviewed and had won a round, then lost another.
“I thought we had a really good team set up. Our dynamics were great and we played to each other’s strengths. I don’t know how we ended up losing that last round,” said freshman Kellen Womachil.
The event was in the basement of Wiest Hall, with matches lasting around 10 minutes. After signing up and waiting for their turn playing, students could go upstairs into Chuck’s Place and snack on the nachos that were provided.
Board games were also provided, with the classic Jenga proving to be the most popular with students.
Many students came to play laser tag Friday, and many played more than one match.
“This was really fun. I hope the UAB plans more activities like this. It’s good to see so many students come to hang out with each other,” freshman Alexandra Giron said.