I’m a bit late in getting this information out there, but the good people over at Desert Bus for Hope (desertbus.org) are currently in the middle (actually probably at the tail end by now) of their marathon run of unreleased Sega CD game Desert Bus, with charity proceeds going toward Child’s Play, providing toys and videogames to ill children in hospitals around the world.
For those not familiar with the excellent Desert Bus game, it was one of several games included in an unreleased Sega CD game called Penn & Teller: Smoke and Mirrors, in which you drive a rickety old bus from Las Vegas to Tucson in real time. The trip takes eight actual hours. You travel through desert, so there’s nothing interesting to see, and your bus pulls a bit to the right, so you can’t just tape the buttons down or you’ll end up driving off the road, causing the bus to overheat and get towed away—also in real time. Once you make it to Tucson, you get one point. If you want to make it to two points, you can choose to drive back to Vegas and continue the process for as long as you like.
If you’re curious, check out desertbus.org to watch the team’s progress with the gameplay, watch the players themselves, or, if you feel so inclined, donate.
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