It seems to me that the favorite pastime of kids today is sitting on the couch watching TV shows with adult content and playing video games. And when you make them get off the couch and go outside, they partake in their second favorite pastime, which is shooting things or blowing them up. The beauty of Tek Recon, a fusion of real-life shooter games and first-person shooter video games, is that it enables and encourages these behaviors, while somehow evading their lazy-good-for-nothing implications.
Human interaction: it's a dying sport. And really, why would anyone want to fire foam Nerf balls at their friends' faces anymore when they can simulate actually blowing them off in a highly realistic virtual world online? Tek Recon aims to bring people and their violent natures back to the physical playing field with its duo of blasters, Hammerhead and Havok, and a free iOS and Android app driven by GPS technology. Together, these systems:
- Fire real ammo at precisely targeted opponents. The Tek Recon blasters have real triggers and recoil action using custom-designed "NRG Rounds." The rounds consist of TPR (rubber) rings that fire hard, fast, and far--up to 75 feet--without leaving marks or a paint-laden mess.
- Create an interface with an interactive, heads-up display, allowing for both view and game changes. Swipe the screen to call up 1 of 4 vision modes to support battling in any type of environment. Modes include Standard, Night Vision, Heat Seeker, and X-Ray.
- Generate sound effects, customized from a collection that will unleash every time you fire. Or not, if silence is key.
- Enable live chat to stay in constant communication with other members of your team, or to call out enemy locations, flag capturing tactics, and jokes about yo mama.
One thing I would like to know is who is going to go around and pick up all those specially-created-just for-the-Tek-Recon rounds of ammo after the game is over. Because it doesn't seem like you can just leave them on the ground and go buy more for $2.99 at Walgreens.
The Tek Recon live-action FPS system runs as a Kickstarter campaign through June 10, 2013.
December 2013 Update: Tek Recon exceeded its crowdfunding goal and is now available for direct purchase through the company's website--follow the link below.