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Gamer Wins $1M For Pitching Virtual "Perfect Game"

Soulskill posted more than 4 years ago | from the yes-it-was-against-the-mets dept.

The Almighty Buck 142

A few months ago, 2K Sports announced a unique contest to promote a new game they were working on, Major League Baseball 2K10. They said whichever gamer was the first to pitch a perfect game and provide proof would win $1 million, with the contest running for two months. Reader yukk tips news that the two months have now passed, and 2K Sports has announced a winner. It turns out the prize was won on the very first day, by a player who had put less than an hour and a half of effort into it.

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142 comments

damn (1)

chibiace (898665) | more than 4 years ago | (#32123814)

some people have all the luck.

A 1.5 Hour baseball game (5, Funny)

pantherace (165052) | more than 4 years ago | (#32123844)

Fastest baseball game ever, that wasn't called due to weather.

Re:A 1.5 Hour baseball game (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32124950)

Actually the shortest MLB baseball game [answers.com] ever was 51 minutes

Re:A 1.5 Hour baseball game (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32125924)

Is it because they don't have tv commercials back in 1919?

Re:A 1.5 Hour baseball game (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32126334)

I'm sure that's a huge factor. So is the pitching.

I did see a game in the late '70s that lasted 96 minutes. The starting pitcher for the Phillies was Jim Kaat, who was famous for being a "fast worker".

Re:A 1.5 Hour baseball game (1)

The Flymaster (112510) | more than 4 years ago | (#32127634)

That's part of it. Also, it was the first half of a double header between two teams that were out of contention to play in the World Series in the last week of the season. Both teams wanted to get out of there and go home.

On top of that, batters tended to swing more at pitches back then, and umpires still called the high strike.

Most seasons, even today, have a few games right around the 2 hour mark, with commercials and slower players and more patient hitters. Remember that 51 minutes is the record, not the standard back then.

baseball? (3, Insightful)

mirix (1649853) | more than 4 years ago | (#32123876)

The most boring possible video game genre.

Playing baseball - boring.
Watching baseball - very boring.
Playing a video game of baseball - even more boring.
Watching someone play a video game of baseball - kill me now.

Re:baseball? (5, Funny)

Rogerborg (306625) | more than 4 years ago | (#32123934)

Posting about reading about watching someone play a video game of baseball - I will invent a time machine and kill your father before you were conceived. It's the only way to be sure.

Re:baseball? (4, Funny)

ddxexex (1664191) | more than 4 years ago | (#32124150)

Umm, wouldn't killing mirix's _mother_ be the only way to be sure?

Re:baseball? (5, Funny)

Imrik (148191) | more than 4 years ago | (#32124220)

Better do both to be on the safe side.

Re:baseball? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32124448)

Actually, don't do his mother. Contraceptives aren't 100% effective.

Re:baseball? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32124492)

OMG ... so Imrik travelled back in time to do mirix's mother, and in the end became mirix's father?! AWESOME!

Re:baseball? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32124508)

What!! They should put that on the box!

Re:baseball? (4, Funny)

Thanshin (1188877) | more than 4 years ago | (#32124662)

And then discover he's adopted.

See? See what the Terminator had to go throug?

Re:baseball? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32124490)

If he's killing before conception, and he's sure it's before conception, killing either parent would make him sure.

Unless you take into account sperm donations...hmm. But then you'd have to take into account possible egg donations too.

So either he has to kill the father and mother before puberty, or kill them *both* (or possibly just one!) before conception then torch all possible donor/storage sites. If he only kills one parent, he'd have to torch that parent's potential storage location of baby ingredients. Otherwise there would remain a slim possible chance of the same child being born.

Oh, gotta take into account identical twins too due to genetics. But if he were conceived later would he still be the same person...?

Anyway, time travel proactive murder for existence negation is a difficult act.

Re:baseball? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32126344)

Unfortunately, that missed the small window where the mother went
to the sperm bank where the father had stored his DNA. Though
both parents were killed, mission planners had totally missed the
part where the future mirix was carried by a surrogate.

Re:baseball? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32127888)

The only way to be sure is nuke him from orbit.

Re:baseball? (1)

ZirconCode (1477363) | more than 4 years ago | (#32123936)

Watching someone die due to the "side" effects of watching someone play a video game of baseball - buy popcorn

Re:baseball? (1)

TooMad (967091) | more than 4 years ago | (#32124476)

Popcorn? Popcorn? It's cracker jacks damn it!

Re:baseball? (1)

DarkKnightRadick (268025) | more than 4 years ago | (#32124738)

And peanuts. Don't forget the peanuts!

Re:baseball? (5, Funny)

L4t3r4lu5 (1216702) | more than 4 years ago | (#32123942)

One word.

Cricket.

Re:baseball? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32124012)

*crickets*

Re:baseball? (2, Funny)

anarche (1525323) | more than 4 years ago | (#32124402)

One word.

  Cricket.

Baseball.

Proof that Americans never had an attention span.

Re:baseball? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32124666)

Cricket. Proof that Brits are boring.

Re:baseball? (3, Funny)

boot1973 (809692) | more than 4 years ago | (#32126768)

You have missed the point of both cricket and baseball.. They are both excuses to sit outside and drink.. only with cricket you can legitimately do that for 5 days in a row!

Americans have a lot to learn about sitting about and drinking.

With cricket you also get the excuse to visit exotic countries and then sit about and drink for 5 days in a row. Clearly cricket is by far a superior game.

Re:baseball? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32124618)

tl;dr

Re:baseball? (1)

ciderVisor (1318765) | more than 4 years ago | (#32126036)

Gotta admit, that one made me laugh. Good work, AC.

Re:baseball? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32124714)

Good god, this.

Who the hell created a sport with a rock hard ball (of leather) that you throw at people, which is then hit with a wooden bat in to the air where someone else needs to catch the thing?
Damn crazy Tudors, it is like a sentence to death.

Hell, they could have at least added spikes to the balls and outlawed any bodily protection, that would have made the sport more interesting.

Re:cricket? (1)

zcold (916632) | more than 4 years ago | (#32124930)

Cricket? You gotta understand what a crumpet is before you can understand what cricket is..

Re:baseball? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32125232)

Cricket is the most awesome sports ever, you stop twice a day for snacks!

Re:baseball? (1)

Chelloveck (14643) | more than 4 years ago | (#32125512)

Ah yes. Cricket. A lovely excuse to sit at a pub and drink beer on a summer afternoon. But really, that can be done just as well without the guys in funny clothes running around in the field next-door.

Re:baseball? (2, Funny)

Capt James McCarthy (860294) | more than 4 years ago | (#32124066)

The most boring possible video game genre.

Playing baseball - boring.
Watching baseball - very boring.
Playing a video game of baseball - even more boring.
Watching someone play a video game of baseball - kill me now.

It depends about the video of someone playing a baseball computer game. Does it have that mullet forever hair, 80's throwback Billy Mitchell in it?

Re:baseball? (1)

CODiNE (27417) | more than 4 years ago | (#32124552)

Personally I don't like baseball, but I can see the appeal of playing the game on a console.

See geeks like to take long drawn-out inefficient methods of accomplishing something and do it for fun.

Like killing 500 monsters to flip a few bits in memory. Sort of a physical touring machine, you ARE the program.

So in a similar sense... trying to precisely direct the velocity and flight path of a baseball using an inefficient and unwieldy instrument which is wholly unsuited to the task... instead of ya know... a potato cannon or something... is a way of physically hacking reality.

I can respect that.

Re:baseball? (1)

Thanshin (1188877) | more than 4 years ago | (#32124676)

trying to precisely direct the velocity and flight path of a baseball using an inefficient and unwieldy instrument which is wholly unsuited to the task... instead of ya know... a potato cannon or something.

I don't know how much more succesfull I'd be, swinging a potato cannon to hit the fricking ball.

Re:baseball? (1)

qmetaball (1645933) | more than 4 years ago | (#32126410)

my mother was a potato cannon you insensitive clod!

Re:baseball? (1)

PingSpike (947548) | more than 4 years ago | (#32127600)

Gasp! A talking potato!

Re:baseball? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32124812)

Making a $million in an hour and a half of playing a video game, even an otherwise boring one - not so boring anymore ...

Re:baseball? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32125794)

Mario super sluggers isn't that boring... watching MLB on TV is _MUCH_ more boring than playing a video game of baseball.

Bill Lee (1)

plopez (54068) | more than 4 years ago | (#32125904)

Pitching a no hitter on LSD - awesome
Watching a pitcher on LSD pitching a no hitter while you're on LSD - Whoa! Freaky!
Pitching a no hitter playing a baseball video game while you're on LSD - Trippy!
Watching someone on LSD pitch a no hitter playing a video baseball game while you're on LSD - Where's the Hendrix albums?

It's all just a state of mind man....

Re:baseball? (1)

BankofAmerica_ATM (537813) | more than 4 years ago | (#32126138)

My programming algorithms tell me that killing you now would not constitute a net loss for the human race. ROBOTICS_LAW_OVERRIDE = 1.

Re:baseball? (1)

jduhls (1666325) | more than 4 years ago | (#32126580)

Watching someone play a video game of baseball and win a million bucks while you comment cynically - kill yourself now.

Jews for Nerds! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32123878)

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Despite only being 0.22% of the world's population, Jews control 99% of the world's money. Not only do the Jews control the world, but also the media, the banks, the space program, and LiveJournal's porn communities and Gay communities. All Jews possess the following features: an extremely large nose, fake boobs, curly hair that reeks of faggotry, one of those gay hats, a love of coke, a law practice, a roll of money, a small cock, or shitty taste in dental hygiene.

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The Jew banking system was based on fraud and lies, so when it inevitably collapsed, the Jews just pwned as many people as possible by unleashing the Black Plague on them. Later, Jews economically controlled medieval Venice (the first modern maritime trade empire), and then crypto-Jewish merchants economically controlled the Spanish Empire, including the slave trade. Openly Jewish bankers orchestrated the Dutch Empire and founded Jew Amsterdam (later Jew York). Later the Dutch Jews moved to London because they thought it would be a better base for a global empire, and actually brought a Dutch nobleman, William III, with them, who they installed in a coup d'état (more like Jew d'état, amirite?) as new King of the British Empire. For hundreds of years, Jewish bankers controlled global trade through their bases in Jew York City and London. European colonialism was, through its history, essentially a plot whereby Jews could gain control of gold and diamond mines in poor countries and increase their stranglehold over the global economy.

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Jews also created Jew search engine Google, so now they can find all Jew information on Internets.

Some suggest that we should use Jews instead of dogs to sniff out large amounts of concealed cash or anything else worth smuggling at airports due to their sensitive Jew noses. Obviously, this is a horrible idea, because the pay is bad, and the dirty Kikes would probably form a union and demand moar money, thus increasing the burden on taxpayers everywhere.

Perfect game in less than 90 minutes? (2, Insightful)

Nialin (570647) | more than 4 years ago | (#32123894)

One of two things comes to mind:

1) This game is far too easy for a $1million reward.
2) Read # 1

Re:Perfect game in less than 90 minutes? (1)

boliboboli (1447659) | more than 4 years ago | (#32123912)

Apparently 2KSports didn't do much research on the level of difficulty for this reward, or they simply didn't care and just wanted it as a marketing tool.

Re:Perfect game in less than 90 minutes? (3, Insightful)

NewfieNerdGirl (910996) | more than 4 years ago | (#32123952)

But apparently they researched how long to keep the contest open AFTER getting their first winner in less than 24 hours. It would be interesting to know how many copies of the game they sold on Day 1 and how many they sold from Day 2 to when they actually announced they had a winner.

Re:Perfect game in less than 90 minutes? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32124054)

That's the real story -- how they let potential buyers think there was a chance of winning the prize even though it was already over.

Re:Perfect game in less than 90 minutes? (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32124072)

You could probably actually sue them since (IANAL) they didn't make full disclosure about the details of their contest. If the knew someone had already won and didn't announce it just to drive more sales that smacks of fraud.
I can't cite a specific statue, but I'm sure you could find one that would fit.
Just a thought, you could probably get a partial refund of the game at the very least.

Re:Perfect game in less than 90 minutes? (1)

DarkKnightRadick (268025) | more than 4 years ago | (#32124804)

How's that fraud? There would have been a bigger uproar had they closed the contest early they definitely would have been sued for fraud. What they should have done was, if they were going to keep it open for 2 months regardless, was to give each one who pitched a perfect game an entry into a drawing for the $1 million

Re:Perfect game in less than 90 minutes? (1)

TheThiefMaster (992038) | more than 4 years ago | (#32125058)

The fraud was advertising "pitch a perfect game and win $1m" when it was no longer possible to win and they knew it.

Re:Perfect game in less than 90 minutes? (1)

DarkKnightRadick (268025) | more than 4 years ago | (#32125818)

could have a case than.

Re:Perfect game in less than 90 minutes? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32125610)

You could probably actually sue them since (IANAL) they didn't make full disclosure about the details of their contest. If the knew someone had already won and didn't announce it just to drive more sales that smacks of fraud.

From the article, it sounds like they didn't even begin reviewing any of the tapes until the contest was over, which makes perfect sense if you're running a contest like that.

I can't cite a specific statue

And what do figurines have to do with this?

Re:Perfect game in less than 90 minutes? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32126488)

You could probably actually sue them since (IANAL) they didn't make full disclosure about the details of their contest.

Except they did make full disclosure of the rules of the contest. Or are you just too lazy to look at the fucking contest rules [2ksports.com] that were posted before the contest even began.

The Contest Period starts at 12:00:01 AM Pacific Time ("PT") on March 2, 2010, and ends at 11:59:59 PM PT on May 1, 2010. Judging begins on May 2, 2010 and shall continue until such time as a winner is verified, unless a winning submission is not amongst those submitted during the Contest Period. Judging may take approximately 4-6 weeks after Contest end date.

Re:Perfect game in less than 90 minutes? (4, Insightful)

SpeedyDX (1014595) | more than 4 years ago | (#32124028)

Having actually played the game, getting a perfect game is not easy.

You have to get 27 straight outs. You get an out one of two ways: 1) you strike out the batter, or 2) the batter hits the ball and your defence gets the batter out. Complicating things further, it gets progressively harder to pitch accurately when your pitcher gets tired (after you hit about 80 pitches, you have less than half a second to complete the pitching gesture. After 100 pitches, good luck getting a good pitch off even if you pull off the gesture under a quarter of a second).

So you have to weigh whether you want to focus on strike outs and risk getting your pitch count too high to handle, or you focus on trying to get the batter to hit into the defence and keep your pitch count low. If you try to pitch to hit, you risk having a ball just dribble by your infield or having a blooper drop in between your infield and outfield, ruining your game. Adding to the frustration is a buggy infield AI that sometimes allows soft liners through, or the first baseman running for a ball that should've been the second baseman's thus leaving first base empty.

In any event, minus the buggy infield AI, the perfect game challenge highlighted something very important for MLB 2K10. When you're pitching, it is a pretty immersive experience. You really feel the pressure when you're delivering the pitch, and you have that split second of helplessness and frustration when the batter makes solid contact with the ball.

Pitching is definitely the highlight of the game, and the reward did a pretty good job to draw attention to that. Although we can't speak to the financial success of the campaign without any sales stats, it was at least a success in the sense that it was effective in showcasing the strongest aspect of the game.

Re:Perfect game in less than 90 minutes? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32126230)

INAM but,

    27 * 3 = 81

Re:Perfect game in less than 90 minutes? (1)

The Flymaster (112510) | more than 4 years ago | (#32126538)

You don't have to strike every batter out on 3 pitches to throw a perfect game. You can throw a perfect game in 27 pitches, or hundreds of pitches, depending on how many foul balls the batters hit or 3-ball counts you get to.

Re:Perfect game in less than 90 minutes? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32127104)

i threw a perfect game in MLB2k10 on April 7 using Yohan Santana from the Mets vs Marlins at Citifield. When i tried to contact the company for my prize they told me i was supposed to have videotaped it!!!!! Plus you're supposed to have done it from "MLB Today" mode, i did it on Franchise mode (with default settings). Also you can have no visits from the manager to the mound (which replenishes a bit of the pitcher's energy).

I hoped that Xbox live would somehow automatically record my perfect game and submit me towards the prize, but no go .. and no million :(

thowing a perfect game is hard, but coming close with 1-hitters isn't. Just have to concentrate on each pitch, and don't throw the same pitch in the strike zone twice in a row, and hit the edges of the strike zone as often as possible.

- My game settings were all default. No modifications to anything, game is as it came out of the box.
- Yohan Santana pitched the whole game (as u near the end the announcers even start to stay things like "folks we are just 2 outs away from a perfect game"
- I requested a visit from the manager in each of the last 4 innings. Usually after 2 outs.
- Santana had about 15 strikeouts for the game.
- when the game finished i got the xbox achievement notification (i forgot the name).
- Yohan Santana seems to get rattled easily if he gives up a hit in the 1st two innings. Once past that though, he becomes a stud even in the 9th inning.

Enjoy,
V

Re:Perfect game in less than 90 minutes? (4, Insightful)

dominious (1077089) | more than 4 years ago | (#32124018)

FTFA:

"The funny thing is I haven't even come close since then," McGilberry said. "There must have been something special about that day."

Re:Perfect game in less than 90 minutes? (2, Funny)

L4t3r4lu5 (1216702) | more than 4 years ago | (#32124578)

There was.

You were trying to win a million dollars.

Can I take this one? (1)

Provocateur (133110) | more than 4 years ago | (#32126540)

Ooh Ooh! Can I hit him with a real bat instead?

Re:Perfect game in less than 90 minutes? (1)

lawpoop (604919) | more than 4 years ago | (#32126598)

I remember playing Contra on the NES with my buddy one day. I was trying to show off my skills, claiming that I could beat the game without the 30 lives. I played through the whole game without dying once. I was plenty impressed with myself!

Re:Perfect game in less than 90 minutes? (1)

nico60513 (735846) | more than 4 years ago | (#32127704)

FTFA:

"The funny thing is I haven't even come close since then," McGilberry said. "There must have been something special about that day."

So he's like Mark Buehrle?

Re:Perfect game in less than 90 minutes? (1)

Ubergrendle (531719) | more than 4 years ago | (#32126280)

Lets presume the company accurately modded the game mechanics of major league baseball. Perfectly reasonable given its heavily statistics based.

MLB has maybe 1 perfect game a year, or every other year. Lets say once every 2 years to be generous. There's 32 teams, playing 180 games (roughly)...thats 16 matches x 180 times x 2 years with a chance of producing a perfect game. So statistically, a 1 in 5760 chance of producing a perfect game.

Presuming this is a moderately successful game title, they sell...say, 100,000 copies in the first month.

The chances of this happening on the first day of sale were actually fairly good. Certainl within the first week.

If i was on the board of directors, I'd recommend summary execution for the marketing rep.

Re:Perfect game in less than 90 minutes? (2, Informative)

The Flymaster (112510) | more than 4 years ago | (#32126582)

There have been 16 perfect games in MLB since 1900. That is about 1 every 7 seasons, not every season.

$1 million for 1hour and a half of occupation (2, Funny)

Gri3v3r (1736820) | more than 4 years ago | (#32123904)

the definition of 1337.

Re:$1 million for 1hour and a half of occupation (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32123962)

the definition of 1337.

No, that's the definition of gambling.

Re:$1 million for 1hour and a half of occupation (2, Insightful)

SeaFox (739806) | more than 4 years ago | (#32124006)

It could have been an hour and a half playing Major League Baseball 2K10 after having spent years with earlier-year versions of the game.

Re:$1 million for 1hour and a half of occupation (2, Informative)

_xeno_ (155264) | more than 4 years ago | (#32126424)

It could have been an hour and a half playing Major League Baseball 2K10 after having spent years with earlier-year versions of the game.

According to Kotaku [kotaku.com] , this version of the game has different pitching controls from the previous versions.

Although according to the same article, he spent two weeks prior to the game's release playing the demo and practicing for the contest.

So, yeah - not like he only spent an hour and a half on this. He practiced.

Proof that liars work in marketing. (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32124030)

"We're very happy to give the money away," said Jason Argent, vice president of marketing for 2K Sports.

Because insurance companies couldn't possibly come up with the odds of throwing a perfect game, 2K Sports didn't take out insurance and now will pay McGilberry a lump sum of $1 million out of its own pocket.

They're happy to pay out a million bucks? That's really going to affect some bonuses I bet.

I believe they'd probably be happier driving nails through their balls than having to fork over that kind of cash.

Re:Proof that liars work in marketing. (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32124420)

2K Sports is a subsidiary of Take-Two Interactive. Take-Two have a revenue of $968 million (2009), and Net Income of $97.1 million (2008). Although $1million seems like alot to us mere mortals, it's chicken feed to them. They would probably have spent it on traditional marketing anyway.

Personally, I like the fact that it was won so quickly. Goes to show the game isn't rigged, and the goal was achievable.

Re:Proof that liars work in marketing. (1)

TheLink (130905) | more than 4 years ago | (#32124592)

> I believe they'd probably be happier driving nails through their balls than having to fork over that kind of cash.

I wouldn't be happier especially if:

1) They are my balls
2) The 1 million dollars weren't mine in the first place

Re:Proof that liars work in marketing. (3, Insightful)

boxwood (1742976) | more than 4 years ago | (#32124786)

ummmm they probably are happy because first they got some attention when they first announced the contest, a lot of people went out and bought the game so the could participate in the contest, and now they get a lot of articles written about the contest and the happy winner of the game. People reading those articles will think more positively about 2K Sports, and the baseball game. They aren't looking at it like they're giving away a million dollars, they're looking at it like they're paying a million dollars for a lot of good publicity.

They could have spent that money on ads that most people would ignore. But instead the spent a million dollars on a contest which gets articles written about it on websites like slashdot and have people discussing it.

What he's saying is that the good publicity they got was worth more to them than $1 millon.

Re:Proof that liars work in marketing. (1)

eharvill (991859) | more than 4 years ago | (#32124884)

I had never heard of the contest until this morning. Not the best marketing IMO. That being said, I am probably within their target demographic, but I just don't care about baseball computer games. I think I have seen some baseball video game commercials on TV, but I couldn't tell ya the platform nor the franchise.

It's not a contest at all. It's marketing. (2, Insightful)

Asmor (775910) | more than 4 years ago | (#32124084)

There was no $1 million prize. Not from the publisher's perspective, at least.

They paid $1 million for marketing. Who they payed the $1 million to was irrelevant. The only difference here is that the money went to some schlub consumer instead of a marketing firm.

Seems fairly disingenuous, but I don't even think I'd go so far as to call it unethical.

Re:It's not a contest at all. It's marketing. (5, Insightful)

Yvanhoe (564877) | more than 4 years ago | (#32124110)

Yeah, I'm jealous too :-)

Re:It's not a contest at all. It's marketing. (1)

yakumo.unr (833476) | more than 4 years ago | (#32124142)

In the UK at least it comes under something stronger than simple false advertising law iirc.

There was a scratch card company (maybe even from Camelot the lottery company I forget) that was taken to court over the fact they sold hundreds (thousands? more?) tickets after they knew the main prize had been won, so people were buying tickets under a misapprehension.

If there is similar in the US as I'd expect, I'd think 2K Sports only (slim) hope would be claiming you didn't have to purchase anything to enter, so you didn't have to be out of pocket (assuming you could enter using someone else's console/copy of the game). Or somehow proving that they didn't asses the entries until shortly before the announcement of the winner.

Re:It's not a contest at all. It's marketing. (1)

Asmor (775910) | more than 4 years ago | (#32124160)

Well, there's certainly plenty of plausible deniability. The prize was not for the first person to give them proof of the feat, it was for proof of the earliest example the feat.

It's certainly within the realm of possibility that someone might have done it in an hour, or even in 89 minutes, and not turned in the proof until just before the deadline.

Thus, they didn't "really" know who the winner was until the end. In fact, one could argue they'd be remiss to announce the winner early when they set a time span of 2 months for entries.

Re:It's not a contest at all. It's marketing. (1)

TheLink (130905) | more than 4 years ago | (#32124540)

Yeah, it all depends on the rules and fine print.

And if it turned out the initial winner was cheating, it's likely that the next person to do it (without cheating) wins.

Heh, I wonder what his wife thinks of him playing computer games now... How much does a 401k record keeper job pay?

Re:It's not a contest at all. It's marketing. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32124288)

They paid $1 million for marketing.

Wrong. They paid $Unknown for the marketing campaign, plus the $1million prize money.

Re:It's not a contest at all. It's marketing. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32127374)

It's PAID, you twit. Not "payed".

$1 million for a perfect game? (3, Insightful)

OnlyJedi (709288) | more than 4 years ago | (#32124258)

Sounds a bit low to me. If he were a real major league pitcher, he would get paid nearly $1 million just for showing up to a game, even if he lost.

Stern interview (0)

coulbc (149394) | more than 4 years ago | (#32124396)

Howard Stern's interview of the winner and his wife yesterday was pretty funny.

Misleading (3, Interesting)

Ollabelle (980205) | more than 4 years ago | (#32124708)

And for long did they know the prize was already won and everyone else had zero chance to win? That's the part that bothers me.

I remember a similar situation with Virginia's scratch-off lottery tickets: a fixed number of tickets are printed with winning numbers, and once those prizes are all claimed, the Lottery Agency is supposed to pull the remaining tickets since they're all losers. But of course, they don't.

Re:Misleading (1)

eharvill (991859) | more than 4 years ago | (#32124898)

Similar situation in Georgia a while back, but I believe someone was able to sue, and win, the GA Lotto about false claims of odds of winning or some such.

Re:Misleading (2, Informative)

bigpistol (1311191) | more than 4 years ago | (#32125710)

FTFA:

2K Sports kept the contest open for two months and couldn't believe what they saw when they reviewed the time code on McGilberry's perfect game. Was it really possible that a gamer threw a perfect game in the first 24 hours the game had come out?

Looks to me like they kept entries then reviewed them once the 2 months were up.

I'll bet in real life... (1)

joedoc (441972) | more than 4 years ago | (#32124768)

...the "winner" of this contest throws like a girl.

Excuse me, there's a woman from N.O.W. at my front door...

Did anyone else submit a no hitter? (1)

jzarling (600712) | more than 4 years ago | (#32125152)

I wonder if anyone else submitted a legit no hitter.
I can understand keeping it quiet on 2k's part, you don't want people to stop buying the game because they are trying to win the prize, but I would like some more stats like how many people submitted a complete no hitter, how many were legit, how many spoofed one.

Re:Did anyone else submit a no hitter? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32126196)

Perfect game. A no-hitter with no walks or hit batters either.

Re:Did anyone else submit a no hitter? (2, Funny)

getSalled (1331585) | more than 4 years ago | (#32126510)

... or fielder errors or dropped third strikes with the runner reaching first or catcher interference.

No one gets to first base. Surprised more Slashdotters didn't submit entries...

(ducks and cover)

Re:Did anyone else submit a no hitter? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32127268)

Last baseball video game I played, I went through the beaning the whole lineup a couple of times. It was hilarious. They drop like a rock, don't charge, and the announcers acted like it was pretty normal that every single batter was hit by a pitch.

The game was rigged too (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32125292)

to make sure that you CANT get no pitch game.

Here is one of the rants:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1RnUQE7NR0

so fuck those companies that tried to cheat you- and get nailed.

Re:The game was rigged too (2, Insightful)

getSalled (1331585) | more than 4 years ago | (#32126740)

There have been 6 perfect games in the past 20 years in MLB. In those 20 years, there have been approximately 48,000 games -- so a 1/8000 chance of it happening since 1990.

If you consider the entire history (or even the 130 years since the first one), there have only been 18. I have no numbers on the total number of games played in that time span, but I would venture to say the chances are much worse than 1/8000.

You could probably assume that the 2K10 players themselves were doing whatever they could to increase their chances as well (like a Yankees v Nationals matchup). If 2K Sports really wanted surge in sales, they should've offered $10M for a perfect game against the Yankees.

Not Surprising... (1)

GoJays (1793832) | more than 4 years ago | (#32125426)

The 2K baseball games are horrible. They are full of bugs and totally unrealistic. I picked up 2K7 out of a clearance bin a couple years ago and in my second game playing I struck out 23 batters. 23 out of a possible 27 outs were strikes outs. No, I wasn't pitching as Randy Johnson or someone like that, I was pitching as Ted Lilly!! If you want a real challenge, pick up MLB: The Show. Overall a more realistic baseball game, and you definately won't be throwing a perfect game after an hour of playing.

Re:Not Surprising... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32127304)

I enjoy this game alot and i'm not even a baseball fan ... but you couldn't be more right .. there are a good number of bugs in this.

- one of my faves - if "my player" is on 3rd base and another runner on 1st. if the runner tries to steal 2nd, i just wait for the catcher to throw to 2nd, and then i run home... always score
- during clutch situations the camera focuses/pans on players faces and remains focused too long. by the time the view returns to batting stance the pitchers pitch has gone past you.
- alot of plays where i hit into the outfield and try for an extra base, the ball gets in ontime, but the infielder never applies the tag and just stands there as i slide under his glove.
- when i hit a homerun sometimes the ball appears to go through the outfield wall

regardless i still REALLY enjoy this game, love seeing the stadiums and hearing the crowd, even when "my player" had to go through the minors

Will they pay or try to find a way out of it? (1)

Joe The Dragon (967727) | more than 4 years ago | (#32125664)

Will they pay or try to find a way out of it?

South Park (1)

plopez (54068) | more than 4 years ago | (#32125980)

Wasn't there a South Park episode about this?

http://www.southparkstudios.com/episodes/127947 [southparkstudios.com]

My favorite line from the episode:

"No one plays just a little Heroin Hero..."

Idiots... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32126042)

I will never buy a game with a name so asinine.

The stupid people, who thought "2K10" was a good idea, make me want to punch them in the face.

Once you hit double-digits, the K loses its utility. Just call it "2010" like it is.

It's like the morons who type "ne one" on forums. I can almost accept ne1, but "ne one" doesn't even save a keystroke. It just makes you look stupid.

Re:Idiots... (1)

getSalled (1331585) | more than 4 years ago | (#32126840)

It's almost as if "2K" is part of the company's name...

is the reward in "virtual dollars" then? (1)

peter303 (12292) | more than 4 years ago | (#32127332)

just asking

OMG... what a looser... Get a life please.. (0, Troll)

BigDeek (1805030) | more than 4 years ago | (#32127902)

Nothing better to do?

Oh, that kind of "pitch" (1)

Eightbitgnosis (1571875) | more than 4 years ago | (#32127908)

Here I was thinking they were having a contest to "pitch" ideas for the perfect baseball game. Curse you homonyms!
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