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Who says video games are a waste of time? Wade McGilberry, a 23-year-old retirement account specialist from Semmes, Ala., Wednesday was announced as the winner of a $1 million prize for throwing the first verified perfect game in 2K Sports' "Major League Baseball 2K10."
Page 2 caught up with McGilbbery for a quick Q-and-A:
You've said your wife, Katie, convinced you to enter this contest. How so?
A few weeks before the competition, I saw an ad on Xbox Live for it. I went to her and said, "Honey, can I go out and buy this game? I might win a million dollars." We don't normally buy new games. She said, "Yeah, that sounds like a good opportunity."
How much time and what kind of effort did you put into the game in order to do this?
I went out and got the game at midnight [on MLB 2K10's release date]. I actually planned to stay home from work that day. But I decided the responsible thing to do would be to go -- if it was meant to be, it would happen anyway. I got home around 4:30. The first five games I played, nothing was working. I couldn't get past the fifth inning. The sixth game it just happened. Almost magically. It took me about an hour and a half total.
Well, you must be an expert at the game, right?
Actually, this is the first 2K baseball game that I've played. I've played baseball games in the past, but nothing with the same pitching system. I mostly play shooter games like "Halo." Before the game came out I downloaded the demo and practiced for two weeks.
What do you remember about your perfect game?
I was playing as the Braves against the Mets, pitching as [Kenshin] Kawakami. The way [the contest] worked, you could only choose the real-life games and lineups from that day. I mainly chose the Braves because they were the local team. I'm a White Sox fan, so I'm not crazy about the Braves. But I'm even less crazy about the Mets.
What was the hardest part?
It was scoring the run! In the demo, I couldn't get the hitting down. It was almost a deal-breaker for me buying the game.
Any tips for other gamers?
I didn't try to overpower hitters. I looked at the hot and cold zones, and I would actually never throw it over the middle. Just stay around the corners, keep it low, throw it weaker so they would be more likely to swing at it. I got a lot of ground outs.
Does your wife have the right to tell you to turn off your XBox and do chores?
[Katie]: Let me answer that one. Yes.