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Driving the Desert Bus…For the Children!

What is the most boring, frustrating game in the world?

What if someone made a game that required players to drive from Tucson, AZ to Las Vegas, NV in a bus? What if they had to make the 400 mile, 8 hour journey in real time, and what if the bus really, really needed an alignment?

And what is your reward for all of this arduous, tedious work?

Exactly one point.

This is the premise behind “Desert Bus”, part of the eclectic — and unreleased — Sega CD gem, Penn & Teller’s Smoke and Mirrors. A group of incredibly generous masochists at LoadingReadyRun (who, by the way, also make hilarious sketches: see the slightly-NSFW embed after the jump) have decided to donate a not-insignificant amount of their youth to playing this game.

The cast of LoadingReadyRun will play marathon sessions of Desert Bus in support of Child’s Play, an incredible charity that works to help sick kids in children’s hospitals all over the world.

The more (tax-deductible!) donations viewers make to Child’s Play through, the longer LoadingReadyRun must drive the desert bus. Last year, the troupe raked in more than $140,000 for child’s play. Simply amazing.

ServInt is sponsoring, and I can’t tell you how ecstatic we are to be a part of an event that allows us to be both generous AND vindictive…all for the children!

Aside from Desert Bus, Penn & Teller’s Smoke and Mirrors also offers some of the most interesting and bizarre gaming experiences around. Alongside an assortment of bizarre non-sequitur pranks, the game also features cameos from Debbie Harry (of Blondie) and Lou Reed.

Remember, on November 19th at 6pm PST, head to and be sure to make a donation to Child’s Play!

Photo by Patrick Brosset

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