Microsoft Company Picnic – Water War Batter Zone


The instant I saw the Water Wars Battle Zone at the Microsoft Company Picnic, I knew I had to get in on it. It reminded me so much of the infamous rock fight I started in China. Water balloon fights in a picnic is nothing new. However, MS took it to another level with their water wars battle zone.

Each team received six water balloons and was put inside the battle cage. Inside the cage is a bungee slingshot to shoot the water balloons across the field and into the enemy cage. When the balloon hits the cage, it burst on impact and the water splashes the people inside the cage. It’s good wet fun and way more safe than a rock fight.


Here you see Jasmine and I about to launch an assault on her mom and brother. Our first two shot hit them dead on. The third balloon overshot the cage. The forth landed shout, the fifth was a hit and the final balloon flew over the cage and hit someone outside of the battle zone. Jasmine’s mom was a terrible shot. Her water balloons kept landing short, but the last two connected. Here’s a video of the battle.

44 thoughts on “Microsoft Company Picnic – Water War Batter Zone”

  1. doy says:

    I bet it feels good to be like kids again :mrgreen:

    1. Cash Quests says:

      I heard from a friend of mine who has a sister who knows a guy who is doing the catering at the picnic that John Chow killed a family of baby seals with his water balloons and that five pandas had to be treated for shock.

      Then John complained about being wet so he went and dried himself on the baby seal’s fur while laughing and talking about the pandas had just felt “The John Chow Effect”…


      1. Alex Ion says:

        So John Chow is the root of evil afterall :mrgreen: ?

        1. hmm, funny 😈

    2. ouchs says:

      We should have big water fight, battle of the blogs…

      1. great idea.

        that should be fun

        1. 40hourstogo says:

          I hear water and oomputers do not go together very well. :mrgreen:

          1. Time for a water balloon fight in a datacenter 😈 😆

    3. lionstarr says:

      Yeah, I think so too… :mrgreen:

  2. Ross says:

    Awesome fun!
    I remember an old school fair where some kid through a water balloon into my mum’s back from a few metres away.

    I regret not trying to beat the s**t out of him!

    1. water fight was banned at my school

  3. Haha, that looks crazy. Not as painful as a rock fight, but not bad 🙂

    One Man. One Year. $100,000 online. Because I’m not Bill Gates….yet.

    1. I’m really enjoying your blog. I just found it, and it’s got some good stuff!


  4. Ed Lau says:

    You are almost the last person I want to see in a wet t-shirt.

  5. P.B says:

    microsoft picnic sounds fun. for sm reason i found that warning sign pretty amusing

  6. chtanxw says:

    Water war is always very fun to play. You need to aggressively attack the opponents. 👿

    1. blogcrowds says:

      Yes definitely, the MS water fight is waaayyy too safe. Dissapointing John.

      1. 40hourstogo says:

        but was he able to nail Bill with a balloon??

        That would be evil. Crash the party and nail the host!!!

  7. Fable says:

    Looks like fun. Shame I didn’t get an invite! 😉


    1. well, i suppose we just have to work harder for it

  8. lionstarr says:

    Yeah, it really looks like fun… and it looks funny :mrgreen:

  9. Jazz says:

    lets go ride a pony or something haha!

  10. Ben Barden says:

    Looks like good fun!

  11. Bloggeries says:

    After the first MS post I was like this place seems somewhat fun, then the food and beer tent and now this. Thanks for informing the masses about this awesome weekend. I Bet more than just a “few” readers may show up next year! :mrgreen:

  12. John Cow says:

    Justice was served!

  13. thinking about beer tents, who isnt getting ready for oktoberfest?

  14. Casey says:

    So did you go and ride those ponies next John?

    1. i don’t think those ponies can afford to do that

  15. Now that looks fun! I have to try that one!


  16. simon says:

    That’s fun :mrgreen:

  17. Looks fun! Microsoft sure can throw a picnic! wow!

  18. Victor says:

    John, do you have notice that you speak like Raymond from Every body loves Raymond?, maybe I have to start a blog,, and see if haves the same effect as

    PS I have the accent of Salma Hayek, the problem is that I am a man !!, later . . .

  19. This brings back the good old days!!

  20. Those guys know how to have fun 🙂

  21. 40hourstogo says:

    Maybe if John drank less at the party, the stock price would go higher.

    There goes my retirement……

  22. So does anybody know how much this picnic cost?

    1. I’m wondering too. I’d guess it’s at least $5 million.

      1. So that would be $50 per person. A good guess I reckon. John – do you know:?:

    2. John Chow says:

      I asked the picnic company how much something like this cost but they say they don’t discuss what a client pays.

      1. Wahlau.NET says:

        weird that i dont see any sponsors banner

        1. John Chow says:

          There are no sponsor banners because MS paid for the entire thing.

  23. Looks like a good time.. and legal.. those things don’t usually go together..

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