If your childhood was anything like ours, we are assuming that your
mother, father, sister, brother or some combination of any of those
were constantly telling you to get away from the game console
outside. Something about "rotting your brain" or some other nonsense.
Now, it's going to be even more difficult for frustrated parents to
convince their offspring to put away the gaming and engage in other
activities, as one such gamer just netted himself one million dollars
for doing nothing more than being exceptionally great at a video game.
Pro gaming has been around for years now, and just like pro gambling,
it's one of those career choices that no one really encourages you to
pursue. But for those who do, and are outstanding at their craft, the
payoff can be huge. Huge purse prices are up for grabs at massive LAN
parties around the nation, but rarely are massive awards handed out for
single-person achievements that can be accomplished on your own time in
the comfort of your own home. Not so for Wade McGilberry, a resident of
Mobile, Alabama and the latest American millionaire.
If you've watched any television over the past few weeks, you likely
saw an ad saying that the first gamer to pitch a perfect game on
Take-Twk Interactive's "Major League Baseball 2K10" would receive a
million bucks. A perfect game is obviously hard to throw in real life,
as it requires no walks, no hit batters and no hits. The rules were
pretty simple; you just had to video tape yourself completing the task
so everyone would know no cheats were involved. The 23-year old is one
of many to submit videos, but his was obviously first to land. Wade
purchased the game right away only to take a swing at winning the
contest, and he's obviously glad he did.
So, what is he doing with the money? Paying off his house and starting a family. Kudos to you, Wade!