The final round of the competition today was interesting.
All the 5 finalists brought in their Halo-related collections. If you count piece by piece, Duelist had more items (he even covered the stage’s LCD screen with his poster!), but impressing the crowd with your collection is half the battle. You’ve got to win the people’s votes.
Each player was given 5 minutes to talk about their collection and commitment to anything Halo. Duelist started first with his rendition of Sgt Johnson, getting the crowd to “Believe! Believe! Believe!”
Albert presented next, introducing his collection, dishing out his fair share of rare collectibles. He also talked about the game in general.
Next was Wesley. He had some unique stuff but he was not very vocal about his commitment. He did not present the video montages he posted online, which may be one his strengths.
Marcus was the fourth participant to present. He unveiled his stash from somewhere (wasn’t part of the ‘loot’ on stage) and started talking about them. There were items which we thought never existed.
Lucas was the last participant. I understand he has a decent Halo collection, but instead of bringing any of them down, he chose to showcase them all on video. And instead of bringing his a copy of his video on a flashdrive, he requested for a laptop and internet connection to stream his uploaded video from facebook. The XXZ host and event organiser were very kind to oblige to his requests. Setup took about 30mins and while waiting, the crowd was entertained by Merdeka and the hosts with a demo of Halo Wars. Kudos to his dad for running around Challenger to get additional cables to get the video working on the LCD screen. Unfortunately, the failure to stream the video beforehand led to a lagging and “un-smooth” video presentation. Nevertheless, the crowd was sporting to wait and listen.
The moment of truth came when all five finalists stood in a row with a bag for people to drop off their voting slips. After a count of the votes, Merdeka announced the winner.
Marcus, the fourth contestant took the win with a replica of the Halo3 helmet that comes with an engraved tag, a Takashimaya gift voucher and a Halo medal with the words “Xbox360 Singapore – Singapore Biggest Halo Fan – WINNER”
All the other finalists walked away with Xbox360-themed bags and faceplates.