Friday, November 26, 2010

The Most Realistic Video Game Ever

It's that time of year again to figure out which charities I've missed during the year and make donations before the year is up. We've been at my parents' house this week, so I haven't been able to look through my records, but we've browsed through the websites of the usual suspects, like Livestrong and Child's Play.

One fundraising team for the latter organization calls itself Desert Bus for Hope and managed to raise almost $200,000 this year by playing the video game Desert Bus for five days continuously and doing stunts while donations poured in. What is Desert Bus?

Courtesy of Wikipedia (which is probably another target for year end donations):

The objective of the game (Desert Bus) is to drive a bus from Tucson, Arizona to Las Vegas, Nevada in real time at a maximum speed of 45mph. The feat requires 8 hours of continuous play to complete, since the game cannot be paused.

The bus contains no passengers, contains little scenery (an occasional rock or stop sign will appear at the side of the road), and there is no traffic. The road between Tucson and Las Vegas is without exception completely straight. The bus veers to the right slightly; as a result, it is impossible to tape down a button to go do something else and have the game end properly. 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, they will score exactly one point. The player then gets the option to make the return trip to Tucson—for another point (a decision they must make in a few seconds or the game ends). Players may continue to make trips and score points as long as their endurance holds out. Some players who have completed the trip have also noted that, although the scenery never changes, a bug splats on the windscreen about five hours through the first trip, and on the return trip the light does fade, with differences at dusk, and later a pitch black road where the player is guided only with headlights.


Anyway, somebody in gameland has a good sense of humor.

3 comments:

fourthbreakfast said...

this sounds like my idea of heck

Amber said...

I can't decide if that game is brilliant or awful. But I'm pretty sure I wouldn't be able to put it down.

mayberry said...

That is one of the funniest thighs I've read in a while!