Since video games came into being, setting records or being the first to hit a huge accomplishment has driven repeated plays of even the simplest titles. From the high score on Galaga to reaching the kill screen in Donkey Kong, gamers set goals for themselves no matter how time consuming to achieve.
Just like a real game of baseball, gamers have been given the goal in Major League Baseball 2K10 to pitch a perfect game. Not out of the realm of possibilities but certainly not easy to come by. To reward the first individual to throw a perfect game, 2K Games is offering a $1,000,000 prize.
On sale today, the first player to hit a verified perfect game on either the XBox 360 or PlayStation 3 will be eligible for this prize. Also on sale for the Wii, Nintendo DS, PC, PSP and PlayStation 2, the two higher end systems were probably decided on because of their constant internet connectivity and tracking abilities (despite PlayStation 3’s rough week so far).
The feat must be accomplished in the game’s MLB Today mode and the player must select the “Major League Baseball 2K10 contest” . Ending May 1st, players are given two full months to video record the successful completion of a perfect game in which no opposing player reaches a base for any reason.
It is speculated that this giveaway is in response to 2K’s end of 2009 financial report where they put their poor numbers at the feet of their third-party exclusivity deal with the MLB Players Association.
This isn’t the first time a game has offered $1,000,000 for an in game feat however. Back in 2005, Advent Rising for the original XBox offered the same prize from publisher Majesco. Unfortunately due to technical problems, the prize was ultimately scrapped. Hopefully in the five year time frame since, 2K can overcome the previous publisher’s technical problems and still stick to their advertised prize.