In an unprecedented video game skills competition, 2K Sports is set to announce the details of a million dollar giveaway involving "MLB 2K10." That's right, one million dollars.
And the rules are simple: 2K Sports is going to give the million bucks to the first person who can throw a perfect game against the CPU on All-Star difficulty starting March 2, 2010 at 12:01 AM PST and ending May 2, 2010 at 11:59 PM PDT. Eligible games can only be played on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in MLB Today mode playing one of the available match-ups. Then, when gamers choose to play the Major League Baseball 2K10 contest from the menu, the game will automatically default to the proper gameplay setting in accordance to the official rules.
In addition, all entries must be recorded via camera or digital video recorder, and entrants must submit a copy of their recording on DVD in its entirety for verification.
To ensure accuracy in the verification and submission process, 2K Sports has even partnered with Twin Galaxies International, the worldwide authority on video game world records.
"This is something that's never been done before," explains Jason Argent, vice president of marketing at 2K Sports. "As a company, as a brand, we want to make sure we continue to shake things up.
"2K Sports is about quality, but the last couple of years, we haven't put out a MLB game that we've been happy with in terms of quality. I think this year we've made a significant jump, and one of the biggest improvements is in our pitching mechanics. So we're using this as a way to highlight our revamped, improved, and superior pitching mechanic, and at the same time we're using it as a way to bring fans back in and experience that."
Adds Argent: "We've seen perfect games thrown, so we know it's possible, but for us it needed to be a rare enough occurrence that it wasn't going to happen immediately, but we're confident it will happen. We wanted to find a way to reward our fans for trying to go for it, and reward one really, really lucky fan for winning it."
And your mom said you'd never get anywhere playing video games. What's she going to say when you buy your "MLB 2K10" Bentley?
To check out all the official rules, gamers can check: www.2ksports.com/perfectgame