In case you don’t know what Desert Bus is, the first part of this episode of “A Life Well Wasted” is probably the best primer anyone could ask for. Basically, the LoadingReadyRun guys play a minigame called Desert Bus from this fake-but-real unreleased Sega CD game called Penn & Teller’s Smoke and Mirrors for as long as people keep paying them to. In Desert Bus, you drive a bus through the desert. Specifically, from Arizona to Las Vegas. For eight hours and in real time.
Eight hours isn’t enough for the LoadingReadyRun guys, apparently, because they will keep playing the game as long as they keep getting Child’s Play donations. A $1.00 donation means they play the game for an hour, and for every subsequent hour, the rate goes up 7 percent. Here’s how the donations break down:
Especially cool, though, is that you can play along this year thanks to a website created by the guys behind the other play-games-for-charity organization Mario Marathon! The website contains a facsimile of the original Desert Bus, plus the embedded player of the livestream so you can join them on the agonizing ride.