In a promotion for Microsoft Xbox, the first two innings of a game between two minor-league baseball teams will be played virtually -- by two fans. Those in attendance at the stadium will watch on the park's giant screen. The game announcers will give play-by-play calls of the game just as they would with live action players. At the start of the third inning, the gamers will put down their controls, the scores will stand, and the two teams will take the field and pick up play exactly where the gamers left off.
So what if it was the idea of a 6-year-old? She's going to go far. It's already making the rounds in cyberspace, and I know that before the July 16th match, the two minor league teams and Microsoft will have all have gotten a huge amount of buzz about this.
Mike Stone, commissioner of the minor-league baseball Northern League, said the idea “brings new meaning to the term ‘fan involvement.’”
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