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When Josh Maronde received his first email in response to his request to attend Zero Hour, he thought he was in.


But he misread the mail. He wasn't invited. That didn't stop him.


He immediately hit Ebay where he found multiple listings for tickets to the event. Weeding through some less credible entries, he found Bjorn Johansson's auction.


Essentially, Bjorn's deal was this: I have a guest ticket to Zero Hour. It's yours if you pay my airfare.


Josh, who lives a continent away, contacted Bjorn via Instant Messenger and the two hammered out the details. In the end, Bjorn put up $250 of his own money, and Josh paid the difference on the airfare … and everything else, including hotels and meals.


The two nearly missed each other at the airport in Los Angeles due to delayed flights. But Josh's mom had Bjorn's cell number, and got the two connected in time to hit Zero Hour for the big send up. Why come so far? Bjorn doesn't describe himself so much as a hardcore gamer as much as a hardcore "experiencer."


His winning line to get the Zero Hour experience went something like this:
  • A ticket to Los Angeles: $XXX (he didn't want to give that away).
  • Xbox 360™ and a couple of games: $500.
  • Telling your children that you paid to take a crazy Swede to the Mojave Desert to attend Zero Hour: priceless
Of course, Bjorn now admits, after being here and playing Need for Speed™ Most Wanted for four hours that he may be getting addicted to gaming, after all.
What do you guys think about that? (This was for the launch party if you didn't catch that)
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