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Playing Desert Bus All In The Name Of Charity


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Are you really bored and you are looking for an interesting game to play online?  Then I have found the perfect game for you!  This game is often called the worst video game ever made.  All you have to do is to keep a bus straight on a 2-lane road and drive for, eight hours!  The game is called Desert Bus!

This game was not created so people would buy it and only do one action for eight hours.  This game was created in protest from people who were saying that video games have an effect on a child’s morals and should be banned.  Playing this game is very simple, you drive a bus that leans to the right for eight straight hours!  You cannot take your hands off the virtual wheel; swerving from the road will cause the bus’s engine to stall, forcing the player to be towed back to the beginning, in real-time.  Which means if you stall out seven hours into the trip, it will take you seven hours to be towed back.

The game cannot be paused and the bus carries no virtual passengers.  To add human interest, there is no traffic to negotiate and the only scenery is the odd rock or road sign.  Players earn a single point for each eight-hour trip completed between two cities, and you can choose to make a return eight-hour trip back to get another point, and you only have 10 seconds to make your decision!  Why is the game eight-hours long?  The drive from Tucson Arizona to Las Vegas Nevada takes approximately eight hours when travelling in a vehicle whose top speed is forty-five miles per hour.

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Finishing a single leg of the trip requires considerable stamina and concentration in the face of arch boredom.  And while driving, the daylight will change to nighttime where you will only have headlights to guide you, but the road is straight so you have nothing to worry about, right?  So where did this wacky game come from?  The New Jersey based video game developer Imagineering created Desert Bus as one component of a larger game collection, called Penn & Teller’s Smoke and Mirrors, for the Sega Genesis back in 1995.

Penn and Teller got the idea to make this game because they were tired of hearing people say video games were blamed for all the ills in society.  They wanted to make a video game that would be so simple and easy to play people would get a good idea of how valuable and worthwhile a game that just reflects reality would be.  Your only job in this game is simply to remain conscious.  And yes, there have been some people who have spent days playing this game, all in the name of charity.

The Desert Bus For Hope raised $443,000 during the sixth edition of the event.  Started in 2007 by internet sketch comedy group LoadingReadyRun, Desert Bus for Hope combines video games and tedium to benefit charity.  Desert Bus is the world’s longest running internet-based fundraiser and has raised more than $1.2 million for Child’s Play over its six-year history. This makes it the most successful charity gaming marathon in the world.   The group will continue to play Desert Bus as long as donations come in.  In order to keep things interesting for their viewers they have live and silent auctions, giveaways and contests, celebrity guests, and a lot of silliness.

All of the money raised from The Desert Bus For Hope goes to Child’s Play, which is a registered charity dedicated to improving the lives of children undergoing treatment in the hospital with toys and games.  The charity supports a network of over 70 hospitals worldwide.  Last year, the group kept playing Desert Bus for around a week!  Starting on Saturday November 16th, the group will begin the 7th edition of this charity!  Let’s hope they can raise over $500,000 this year for Child’s Play!  To learn more about Desert Bus For Hope, go to: http://desertbus.org/

Follow them on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/DesertBus and on Twitter @DesertBus

If you want to play Desert Bus go to: http://desertbus-game.org/index.php

 

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