The three people who still listen to the podcast regularly have heard about this if they stuck to the end of episode 16, in which I over-explain the Penn & Teller unreleased prank/game Desert Bus, and talk about Desert Bus for Hope, an annual charity event to raise money for Child's Play.
From their "About" page: said:
Desert Bus for Hope is the internet’s oldest and most successful charity gaming marathon.
Created in 2007 by internet sketch comedy group LoadingReadyRun, since its inception, Desert Bus for Hope has grown from an event broadcast from a living room to a professionally organized fundraiser that has inspired hundreds of people all over the world to start their own gaming marathons. It takes an organizing committee of 12 people to plan Desert Bus for Hope, and a further 10 to 15 dedicated volunteers once the event begins.
Desert Bus for Hope is known for being one of the most participatory charity gaming marathons. Through the Desert Bus Craft-Along, people from all over the world help us raise money by donating incredible handmade art and goods for auction. Viewers can talk with the Desert Bus crew via live chat, ask questions, submit challenges and make requests so everyone watching can help decide what will happen next.
Desert Bus is a great example of what happens when a huge community of people from all over the world – organizers, volunteers, crafters and viewers – come together to achieve a singular goal. Since 2007 Desert Bus for Hope has raised more than $400,000 for Child’s Play.
So How does Desert Bus for Hope work?
Desert Bus is actually a mini-game from the never-released Sega CD game Penn & Teller’s Smoke and Mirrors. In it a player controls a virtual bus that drives an eight-hour-long strip of highway between Tucson, Arizona, and Las Vegas, Nevada, on an endless loop. The difficulty is that the bus lists slightly to the right and must be constantly corrected or it will crash. It’s the worst video game ever made, and we play it for as long as donations come in. In order to maximize the pain and suffering for the Desert Bus team, we have five drivers who must play Desert Bus for 24 hours at a time. In order to keep things interesting for our viewers we have live and silent auctions, celebrity guests and a lot of silliness.
So there you have it. Donate if you want, bid on the auction, play along maybe? It's a terrible, terrible, tedious game, but it's for charity!