Good to see everyone again. As the resident NFL and MLB guy at the Cube, the time between the Super Bowl and baseball season provided a nice break for me. But pitchers and catchers have reported, spring training games are right around the corner, so it’s time for me to get back to work.
What’s my first order of business? Well, before the Cubicle GM division-by-division previews start, I’m going to try and become a millionaire. By playing a video game.
The 2K Sports Major League Baseball® 2K10 Million Dollar Perfect Game Challenge is giving one million dollars to the first gamer who can, well, you guessed it, throw a perfect game. Shouldn’t be too hard, just trot out Tim Lincecum or Roy Halladay against the Nationals (or Mets depending on your outlook for ’10) and don’t allow any opponents to reach base. Simple right? It is until you read the fine print.
The perfect game has to be thrown using only one pitcher (understandable), without any coaching visits to the mound (a bit hampering, but fine), pausing the game or waiting more than 60 seconds between pitches (trying to emphasize realism I guess). And naturally, the entire game must be played using the specified settings and game modes.
Here’s my favorite part though: “You must play your perfect game attempt in the MLB 2K10 Contest Mode in the MLB Today section and you must use the pitcher that is set to start the game for that particular day.“ For a Red Sox fan like Gid, that shouldn’t be too big of a deal, with Beckett, Lester, Lackey and Buchholz to choose from. But for someone like me who prefers playing with the Cubs, I really don’t like my chances throwing the likes of Tom Gorzelanny or Sean Marshall out there. Clearly, I would prefer to use a better pitcher than those guys, but on a Monday or Thursday I may not have much of a choice.
Oh, and on top of all of that, the entire thing needs to be videotaped, starting before you turn on the system and all the way through receipt of the verification code given when you’ve completed perfection.
So overall, it’s going to be a tough challenge to score a million dollars playing a video game, but it can be achieved. So why would 2K Sports offer such a lucrative promotion? Simple, to attract gamers such as myself, who have been loyal to EA Sports since they can first remember playing Madden.
I have purchased EA games exclusively for my gaming needs. Most recently, when the success of the Blackhawks moved me to buy an NHL game, I went with the $60 EA Sports NHL 10 over the $30 2K Sports version without even blinking an eye. Whether or not the game is twice as good can be debated, but I wasn’t going to be swayed.
When it comes to baseball video games, I haven’t purchased a new one since EA lost the MLB license nearly five years ago. That’s right, I’m still putting MVP Baseball 2005 into my original XBox and continuing my dynasty. This promotion is the first time I’ve considered buying a sports game not created by EA, and it might actually be working.
MLB 2K10 is listed between $55 and $60 for the gaming systems on which the contest is allowed to be played, so using my superior math skills, that means they need to sell approximately 17,500 additional copies to cover the cash prize. Assuming they do that, great, but even if they don’t, it’s pretty likely that some customers would be happy with their new purchase, and continue to buy games from the 2K franchise.
We’ll soon find out if I’m one of them.