Desert Bus for Hope

November 5, 2014 by Nevin Thompson

Desert Bus, the most boring and pointless video game ever created has been given new life as part of a global campaign to raise money for charity.

Started in 2007 by internet sketch comedy group LoadingReadyRun, Desert Bus for Hope combines mind-numbing tedium with community participation to send toys to children’s hospitals.

The annual week-long event raises donations by playing the world’s most boring video game 24/7 with no breaks.

The World’s Most Boring Video Game

How boring is this game?

You drive a bus in real-time between Tuscon and Las Vegas. It should be an 8-hour trip, but if for some reason you drive off the road you will get towed back to Tuscon in real-time and must start again.

Over the past seven years Victoria’s own Desert Bus for Hope team has raised nearly $2 million dollars for Child’s Play, an charity that donates toys, games and money to Children’s hospitals all over the world.

While the yearly Victoria Desert Bus fundraiser has traditionally held in a windowless basement, this year Desert Bus for Hope 8 will be broadcast live over the Internet from our own Fort Tectoria (the team is bringing in special comfortable couches to Fort Tectoria for the week).

The 2014 campaign starts at 10AM on November 14. You can catch the live-stream of the game here, and can get more information about participating or donating here.

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As mentioned, the objective of the game is to drive a bus from Tucson, Arizona to Las Vegas, Nevada in real time at a maximum speed of 45 MPH.

The feat requires eight hours of continuous play to complete, since the game cannot be paused.

Although the road between Tucson and Las Vegas is completely straight, the bus veers to the right slightly, and thus requires the player’s constant attention.

If the bus veers off the road it will stall and be towed back to Tucson, also in real time.

If the player makes it to Las Vegas, one point is scored. The player then has the option to make the return trip to Tucson for another point, a decision which must be made in a few seconds or the game ends.

Players may continue to make trips and score points as long as their endurance lasts.

Say the Victoria organizers:

The more money we raise for Child’s Play, the longer the team must play Desert Bus, an unreleased Sega CD mini-game that is widely considered to be the worst game ever made.

Although watching us suffer through Desert Bus is amusing in its own way, we also entertain our viewers by taking their requests. We are more than willing to sing, dance, take challenges to eat gross things and act very silly in order to raise money for Child’s Play. If you’ve ever wanted to see a room full of grown men sing Spice Girls’ Wannabe (like they really mean it), you’ve come to the right place.

We also auction off and give away hundreds of incredible prizes to Desert Bus viewers. If you want a chance to win afull, uncut sheet of foil Magic: The Gathering Cards, one of the incredibly rare Ducktails Remastered golden cartridges, or incredible one of a kind handmade items, you’re in the right place.

Child’s Play is a charitable organization founded by the authors of the popular computer and video games-based webcomic Penny Arcade that organizes worldwide toy drives to children’s hospitals.

It’s all for the children.


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