The Fan Nite was very grand last night. Xbox Live Gold members who registered prior to the event were in for a great treat. First off, the goodie bags were worth a couple of hundred dollars. Everyone had two random Xbox360 games, either one of the these: Shadowrun, Crackdown, Project Slypheed, Forza2 Motorsport, Dead or Alive4, Armoured Core4, Viva Pinata and probably some other titles. There’s also a free Xbox360 skinning by Digiskin voucher worth about $100, an exclusive gamertag lanyard, magazines, Gears of War2 and GTAIV posters, instant washable tattoos and voting slips.
Before the event started Ian Tan and the emcee threw out bundles of Gears of War2 posters to the Gold members.
A video trailer of Gears of War2 was shown and Alan Chou made his debut again with Lancer rifle and everyone was hyped. He made a couple of announcements on Xbox360 line-up of games and describe the Fan Nite goodie bag contents. He gave a couple of reasons for Xbox gamers and non-Xbox gamers to be excited about.
First programme of the Nite was the Lara Croft appearance. Gamers who saw this for the first time were ecstatic and snapping away with their cameras.
Next programme of the Nite was the Gears of War2 “Horde” multiplayer challenge. This is where two persons will get to go on stage and work together to survive waves of enemies charging at them. Most of them who tried couldn’t survive Wave1, except for the last team.
This is followed by another exclusive – a preview to Resident Evil 5! Instead of watching videos from the net, we were treated to a live demo of the game showing a couple of new stuff on their co-op mode.
Next up, Sheylara, the Xbox Ambassador got on stage and talked about the contest for the next Xpert. Out of 17 videos, four finalists were picked and they were given an opportunity to introduce themselves and garner more votes. Some members of the ground also hoisted banners in support of their favourite candidate. The finals also pit the candidates to a game on Street Fighter IV whereby each of them took turns in a match against the CPU.
When it was time to vote, four Xbox360 girls turn up to collect the voting slips from members. As the votes were taken for a count backstage, the programme continued with a Street Fighter IV competition, with a twist! Members who participated were also dressed up similarly to the character of their choice. Too bad, we didn’t have a lady volunteer who could fit into the Chun Li costume.
Then we moved to the appreciation ceremony for Xbox Live Buddies. Members who were contributing to the LIVE Buddy program were presented with a brown jacket with an embroidered Xbox LIVE Buddy logo and gamertags. I was once of the recipients and the emcee took the opportunity to give the audience a little more introduction about me. It was very flattering and I think my face changed colour.
This was followed by a Guitar Hero World Tour segment, and most people were impressed at the World Tour’s tracklist. One of the participants then got together with Electrico, one of Singapore’s famous bands and jammed together on Guitar Hero World Tour.
Then, the moment of truth came. Sheylara and Bernard, the emcee announced and congratulated the winner of the Next Xpert contest which was awarded to Azhar aka Merdeka, who won by merely 2 votes from the next contender.
Electrico came on stage to perform a new numbers for us before the event closed with confetti and a loud bang.