No one’s doubting the difficulty of throwing a perfect game in real baseball, but in a video game, it’s easier….right?
In MLB 2K10, the newest baseball simulator from 2k Games, the first to throw a perfect game (no hits, no errors), will win him or herself $1 million.
The challenge is open to anyone with a copy of the game for Xbox 360 or PS3 (it releases March 2 and sorry Wii fans), and to win you’ll need to finish a game in MLB Today mode with no batters reaching base. You have to record the game and send it to 2K, who will then pass it to Twin Galaxies (the video game record-managing company) who will sniff out the cheaters.
Additionally, the promotion is only open for 60 days after launch, so March 2 to May 2, midnight both evenings.
Gaming-blog Kotaku spoke with 2K about the promotion. Here’s what Chris Snyder, director of marketing, said:
“I would be shocked if someone doesn’t get it,” Chris Snyder, 2K Sports’ director of marketing, told Kotaku. “It’s very doable. It’s been budgeted for. It’s in an escrow account, and we’re fully expecting to pay it.”
What’s more, MLB 2K10 is said to feature the most realistic pitching-mechanic in any baseball game ever, thus the challenge.
“This is about us being really proud of our revamped pitching mechanic,” Snyder said, “We think we’ve captured the essence of what it feels like to be on the mound. We’re proud of the fact this is skill based. You’re going to have to be good at the game of baseball to win this million dollars.”
The $1 million essentially came out of the game’s marketing budget, but I’m willing to believe this is money extremely well spent on 2K’s behalf. I mean, the thought alone of winning the money will likely move as many copies as if the company spent the dough on a series of advertisements. And if no one achieves the feat, 2K keeps the money. Win win? I think so.
2K also today launched a Web site for the promotion which lists every detail about it including the fact that Connecticut residents aren’t eligible. That’s me. Bummer.