Microsoft Throws Top Secret Halo Party

The normal cadre of game journalists and PR reps were nowhere to be seen. This event was strictly for friends, family, and assorted technorati. The main room hosted a Halo 3 tournament, in which 60 4-person teams fragged each other to pieces in the hours running up to the official retail launch. My team made it easily into the second round (I scored a ludicrous 12 melee kills on the n00bs), then hit a brick wall as a handful of over-achieving tweens flexed their mad chops. Is it any wonder that Guy Kawasaki's kids are Halo prodigies?

Above: If you encounter these kids on Live, scream "Demon!" and run the other way