Tuesday, May 11, 2010
First to Throw a Perfect Game in MLB 2K10 -
world record set by Wade McGilberry
SEMMES, Ala., USA -- Wade McGilberry, 24,
threw the first and only documented perfect game on the Take-Two
Interactive Software Inc.'s MLB2K10
video game - winning a $US1.1 million and setting the world
record for the first
person to throw a verified perfect game in Major League Baseball
"It was actually my wife who convinced me to go
for it," winner Wade
"I never thought I'd actually win a million dollars
playing a video game, it's all still sinking in for me."
League Baseball 2K10 contest began on March 2 and
ended May 1.
Mr McGilberry threw a verified perfect
game on the first day of the competition. He wasn't some elite
video game baseball performer. This was the first time he'd
ever played MLB2K10.
McGilberry said that when he bought
the game, his wife suggested that he take the day off work
so he could get a head start on the competition.
"I thought about it (and) the responsible
thing to do was to go to work," he said. When he came home,
he set up a video recording, started playing and achieved
the perfect game after "five or six attempts."
To ensure accuracy in the verification and
submission process, 2K Sports partnered with Twin Galaxies
International, the worldwide authority on video game world
records, and provider of scores to Guinness World Records.
said representatives from the company showed up to his house
to check his Xbox 360 and make sure it wasn't modded before
finally awarding him the $1 million dollars.
So what does a newly wealthy guy do with
a million bucks? Pay off his mortgage and start a family with
his wife, Katy.
In baseball, a perfect game is defined as one
in which no batsmen from the opposing team make first base.
That means no hits, no walk and no getting on base because
he is hit by a pitch or for any other reason.
"The game itself was fantastic - I'm glad
I bought it either way - but I have to say, this is a nice
return on my investment," he said.
a perfect game in Major
League Baseball 2K10 is anything but easy," vice president
of marketing for 2K Sports Jason Argent said.
"We congratulate Wade on his successful pursuit
Off the couch, only 18 pitchers have
thrown perfect games in the history of Major League Baseball,
beginning with Lee Richmond in 1880 and ending with Mark Buehrle
in 2009. "We knew it would be difficult but not impossible,"
To be eligible for the $1.1 million, contestants
had to record their video game efforts on camera and submit
a copy of their recording in its entirety for verification.
Argent said Take-Two has received a handful
of submissions after McGilberry, but they haven't been verified
yet. He said the contest helped sales of the game.
McGilberry agreed. "I think it's really
good publicity," he said. "I wouldn't have bought the game
if not for that."
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Tuesday, May 11, 2010