Athletes from around the world compete for fame and glory in Laser Tag. Be amazed when you discover how much you have in common with them...
Last September, a friend invited me to visit Vegas for a weekend to watch him compete in the largest annual laser tag championship in the world. I brought 3 cameras.
Over the weekend, a dramatic plot unfolded in which Andrea (who goes by the nickname, Texas Chainsaw Massacre), helped her team capture its 2nd straight (3rd overall) championship, placing it in position to break the all-time record this year. The only defeat the North Richland Hills team suffered throughout the contest was delivered by Kyle-Fiesta's Virginia Beachers. Victimized by alleged cheating from their opponents, Kyle's team did not reach the finals, and NRH won the day.
Throw into this lurking perennial contenders from Chicago, Washington, Toronto, and Lincoln, and this upcoming national tournament promises to be rife with intrigue.
In addition, due to gradually declining enrollment and corporate-enforced rule changes, there exists the strong possibility that this will be the final year of the tournament, ending an institution that now spans three decades.
Within this world, there exists a group of people not just obsessed, enthralled, and in many ways defined by a children's laser game; they are also passionate, proud, skilled, dedicated athletes. To quote one, "Part of it's the people. Part of it is your daily life - going to work, going to school, just the grind - it's spring, it's summer, then fall and winter, it happens over and over, but going to the tournaments and having a season to compete, it breaks up the monotony of life. It gives peaks and valleys."
I asked the follow up question of what this player's job was. "I'm currently unemployed."
Cinema WILL ensue. And the cameras will roll.
Chris Pappavaselio - Latin and History teacher, based out of Boston. Previous jobs include sommelier, screenwriter, and strip club DJ.
Freddie Wong, internet celebrity, http://www.youtube.com/user/freddiew...
Kevin Klauber, editor of Cameron Crowe's upcoming documentary
Brian Firenzi, creator of 5 Second Films, http://5secondfilms.com/
Will Campos, mustachioed screenwriter
Max Geiger, star of Spike TV's The Deadliest Warrior, http://www.spike.com/show/31082
And many others, including Lauren Schneider, Alicia Martinez, Dalton Gaudin, Rob Falcione, and Chris "Stos" Constantine
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