November 14, 2011 2:40 PM Subscribe
posted by mreleganza (34 comments total)
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In 1995, Penn and Teller were the creative forces behind the-ultimately-unreleased Sega CD game Penn & Teller's Smoke and Mirrors
, which contained several minigames designed to prank or torture your friends...or yourself. The most notorious of these mini-games is Desert Bus,
a game vicious in its intentional monotony.The objective of the game 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, he will score exactly one point. The player then gets the option to make the return trip to Tucson—for another point (a decision he must make in a few seconds or the game ends).
For several years, the folks at Loading Ready Run
have been playing the game annually for charity
(their best time so far is 5 days, 16 hours), and this year's installment is just a few days away.
And yes, you can play it yourself online