For the fourth year in a row, the wags over at LoadingReadyRun are running the "Desert Bus for Hope" charity event. It works like this: The five person team vows to play Desert Bus and raise money for Penny Arcade's Child's Play charity while they do it.
"What's the big deal about some Canadians playing a video game?" you may ask. The big deal is the game itself. "Desert Bus" is the Penn and Teller developed Sega CD game that puts players in control of a bus driving through the desert between Tucson and Las Vegas. The bus does not go over 45 miles per hour. The road is perfectly straight. There is no pause button. There is no traffic. The trip is in real time. At the end of an eight hour trip, the player is awarded a single point, and must then drive back*.
LRR is not going to stop playing this game until people stop donating, so torturing Canadians you've never met over the internet can help sick kids. It's really a win-win-win. Last year, the group raised $140,000 for Child's Play.
The trip begins in 8 hours (as of the posting of this notice), and you should really donate and watch the stream. It's funny and for a good cause. Surely you want to see exciting, HD footage of Desert Bus in action:
*I know what you're thinking: "Why not just leave your NES on all day?" Penn and Teller apparently considered this, because they thoughtfully decided to design the bus to pull to the right, so you can't cheat it. Oh, and if you crash at any point during your 8 hour ride, you must restart from the beginning.