Hey everybody! The guys over at LoadingReadyRun are running their annual Desert Bus for Hope... RIGHT NOW! In essence, they're playing the game Desert Bus for (right now) five days straight and are raising money in an assortment of ways: regular donations, live streaming auctions, donations to have the LRR crew sing or dance or watch New Moon, whatever you can think of. All the money will be donated to Penny Arcade's Child's Play charity at the end of the run. Also, the amount of time played will be extended at each donation milestone.

Now, you might be asking, "What the hell's Desert Bus?" To quote the Wikipedia page:

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Desert Bus is the best known minigame in the package (Penn & Teller's Smoke and Mirrors), and was a featured part of Electronic Gaming Monthly's preview. 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, and there is no scenery or other traffic on the road. 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 Tucsonâ€'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.

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Insane, right? The LRR crew has already racked up a total of FIVE POINTS in 40 hours with no crashes. They're doing very well right now and are continuing to power through the game. Spread the word out! Twitter with the hashtag #desertrun! Help out a great cause and thank you in advance for any help you can provide, even if it's just getting the word out. Check out their Desert Bus site for more info about donating, the live streaming, or anything else you want to check out.