Desert Bus has found remarkable fame for an unreleased game. Created for funny wizards Penn & Teller’s scrapped Sega CD minigame ’em up Smoke and Mirrors, Desert Bus has players drive a bus from Tuscon to Las Vegas in real time. That takes about eight hours, during which they must correct it slightly veering to the right. The game never officially came out, but did leak and gained fame through Desert Bus for Hope. Since 2007, the annual livestreamed marathon has raised over $3 million for charity.
That’s grand, but I’m still surprised to hear that Penn Jillette is planning a virtual reality Desert Bus sequel with Gearbox’s Randy Pitchford. For charity.