Halo 3 Silicon Valley Launch Party Photos

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Halo 3 shipped on Monday at midnight, and there were launch parties at Microsoft campuses around the country. These are pictures from the Mountain View, California location.

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This is the registration line. Yes, that’s Robert Scoble standing in line like any schmo.

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Scobleizer with his five cameras.

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He thinks his Canon 5D is better than my Nikon D40x.

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Unloading inventory for the Microsoft employee store.

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Jas Sandhu, the Microsoft evangelist that invited me and Team Truemors.

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Microsoft’s living room of the future.

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Guitar Hero players.

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The food spread.

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Including exotic hamburgers.

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Special edition Mountain Dew.

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Blake Commagere, the author of the Facebook app called Zombies. Two guys in a garage with 4.5 million downloads.

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Eric Wu of Emotioneric. Another great app that I can’t figure out.

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I don’t know who she is, but she wins style points.

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Action in the main gaming room. There were tables set up with three flat-screen monitors, three xBox 360s, and twelve controllers.

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There was a single-elimination tournament. D2 = Team Truemors.

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Our team in action.

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The other team in action. Notice the frantic motion compared to the collective cool of Team Truemors.

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A little adjudication about the final round. That’s Jason Mauer, league commissioner.

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The second-place team. A fine bunch of fellows but second-place finishers nonetheless.

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Yeah, baby, the winning team. Limited edition Halo 3 was the prize.

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Winner #1 of an xBox 360.

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Winner #2 of an xBox 360.

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Winner #3 of an xBox 360.

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And the big loser of the night: Anthony Nemitz of eBay. He could have won an xBox 360 when his name was called, but he was downstairs drinking beer.

By | 2016-10-24T14:18:36+00:00 September 25th, 2007|Categories: Cool Stuff|24 Comments

About the Author:

Guy Kawasaki is the chief evangelist of Canva, an online graphic design tool. Formerly, he was an advisor to the Motorola business unit of Google and chief evangelist of Apple. He is also the author of The Art of Social Media, The Art of the Start, APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur, Enchantment, and nine other books. Kawasaki has a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from UCLA as well as an honorary doctorate from Babson College.


  1. Anthony Nemitz September 25, 2007 at 1:32 am - Reply

    You should have called me:)

  2. Guy Kawasaki September 25, 2007 at 1:38 am - Reply

    Why would I do that? I wanted to win one.

  3. Josh Catone September 25, 2007 at 1:42 am - Reply

    Sorry to say, Guy, but Scoble is right about the camera. Viva la Canon! (Now, if you’d somehow gotten your hands on a D3… then we’ll talk. ;))
    So the real question is: How’s the game?

  4. Simon September 25, 2007 at 5:48 am - Reply

    I would say, Anthony Nemitz is the big winner! He took the opportunity to catch the taste of a good cold bear in real life (also achance to talk to real girls :-)). Much better than playing virtual games!

  5. Robert Scoble September 25, 2007 at 5:53 am - Reply

    Nice photos! Mine are up here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/scobleizer/tags/halo3svc/

  6. Robert Scoble September 25, 2007 at 6:54 am - Reply

    Actually, here’s the set: http://www.flickr.com/photos/scobleizer/sets/72157602146026606/show/

  7. ethan September 25, 2007 at 7:56 am - Reply

    awesome pics, I must say I agree, your D40x beats Scobles canon 🙂

  8. Andrés September 25, 2007 at 9:02 am - Reply

    You mispelled “scobelizer”.

  9. Jas Sandhu September 25, 2007 at 9:32 am - Reply

    Thanks for coming to the party. Congratulations to Team Truemors, the cool and collected champs 🙂 You sure you’re not going to get them on the MLG circuit?

  10. Jason Katzer September 25, 2007 at 10:55 am - Reply

    Guy… you called it again… better camera than scoble… championship kids, and Anthony Nemitz the big loser. You should have got a pic of his broken iPhone case though. oh and did i mention, better blog than scoble.

  11. Americo September 25, 2007 at 11:29 am - Reply

    Gizmodo posted a pretty funny video about the next release here.

  12. Al Pascual September 25, 2007 at 12:28 pm - Reply

    That was huge in Irvine we were only 100 people

  13. David Mackey September 25, 2007 at 4:35 pm - Reply

    Haha. Thats great. So who was the winning team from?

  14. Alex Tramiel September 25, 2007 at 8:14 pm - Reply

    We all know I should have won the tournament! All the CTF bull killed my talent. I would love to rematch anytime, of any day, on any map, on any game type. We will win. At least I hope so… But they definitely did beat us that one game.

  15. Dan Schawbel September 26, 2007 at 9:55 am - Reply

    These are great pics…looks like a blast.

  16. Telemill September 26, 2007 at 11:18 am - Reply

    If I were a single woman I would ask you if you know Winner #3 and if I could possibly acquire digits? What the heck — he’s cute enough — DO you have the digits?

  17. Tom Mayo September 26, 2007 at 1:09 pm - Reply

    Great webinar yesterday on the Art of Evangelism. It’s a true testament to your old age, erm “experience” that you stayed up late at the Halo3 release, and still had the werewithal to conduct a thoroughly enjoyable webcast!
    Sorry about the Yahoo! bozosity, but you’re only human, no?
    tom mayo
    makawao, maui

  18. James Squires September 26, 2007 at 4:34 pm - Reply

    I agree with Alex. A fourth teammate that we knew would have netted us a victory, but alas, we were to be foiled. But I can’t complain that much seeing as how I got a free faceplate with Halo 3…
    Good pictures though. But there weren’t enough heroic poses. Ah well.

  19. Jenn September 27, 2007 at 2:23 pm - Reply

    Totally would have loved being there! Great pictures.
    I, personally, am loving Halo3 and sometimes even let my teen or husband play. But not often. MINE! I stood in line. I get dibs. (Isn’t that how it works?)

  20. Yoki September 29, 2007 at 3:47 am - Reply

    Cool Photos !

  21. Charles Lai October 3, 2007 at 12:56 pm - Reply

    Scoble looks like Philip Seymour Hoffman.

  22. Craig Swartz on Microsoft October 10, 2007 at 6:07 pm - Reply

    Halo3, Silverlight, Search

    Hi. Sorry its been awhile. Two weeks of technical conferences plus 2 weeks vacation equals a month to

  23. Titus Brown October 13, 2007 at 1:53 pm - Reply

    Guy, while I love your blog, your older posts are showing up in my RSS reader as “new” — for example, this one is showing up as current for Oct 13. I don’t know why; are you reposting them or updating them or something?
    In any case, I’m not sure how to stop it 😉

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