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Two entries appear for MLB 2K11’s million-dollar “Perfect Game” challenge

Were only all console games so generous as to award a player $1 million for accomplishing a difficult feat of gaming.

Two entrants have surfaced on YouTube for Take-Two Interactive's million-dollar contest, a challenge that tasks players with throwing a perfect game in the recently released Major League Baseball 2K11 title for the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3—the only two consoles allowed to participate in the challenge, we should note.

So what does it take to win a million bucks? In last year's similarly themed contest, 24-year-old Wade McGilberry was able to take home the prize on his sixth attempt—the same day the game was released, mind you. It's taken a little while longer for gamers to accomplish the same feat in MLB 2K11: The game was released on March 8 of this year, but the contest itself didn't start until April 1, and the two YouTube videos in question were posted on April 7 and 8.

The timing is an important distinction, as Michael Manna—otherwise known as professional wrestler Stevie Richards—already uploaded a video to YouTube of the perfect game he threw on the game's release day. But don't assume that throwing a perfect game is just that easy. Not only did he not fall within the correct timeframe to win the prize, but he also allegedly didn't have the game on the correct settings (like All-Star difficulty) to even qualify for the million-dollar award.

That's right. The settings. There's a whole laundry list of requirements to meet the challenge from 2K Sports, the subsidiary of Take-Two Interactive that's sponsoring the big prize. A few of these are geared toward ensuring that no third-party tricks or hacks are used to reach the feat, including a requirement that the recorded video show the full boot-up sequence of the console and that the video itself remain perfectly clear and crisp throughout the entirety of the recording—no low-quality recordings need apply.

As for the game, players have to use a team's pitcher that's selected by default within the game's MLB Today mode—swapping in one's favorite, prolific pitcher instead of the pitcher that actually played during that day's real-life games is not allowed. Players are forbidden from pausing or interrupting the game, and they are not allowed to swap their pitchers (obviously) or even allow their digital managers to give their pitcher a pep-talk at the mound.

So, with that all said, here are the two videos in question that are alleged to have won the million-dollar prize. They're snippets from the full game recording, obviously, so it remains to be seen whether either of these will meet the strict verification requirements necessary to bring home the cash.

And even if the players don't strike riches, they at least unlocked an Xbox achievement or a PlayStation 3 trophy for their efforts. And they probably blew up their digital pitchers' arms with the number of high curveballs being slung across the plate.

This article, written by David Murphy, originally appeared on PCMag.com and is republished on Gear Live with the permission of Ziff Davis, Inc.

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