In the history of Gaming, Desert Bus has probably been the most successful joke ever pulled on the industry. Originally part of an unreleased collection of mini-game parodies called Penn and Teller’s Hall of Mirrors, Desert Bus has players making a trip from Tucson, Arizona to Las Vegas, Nevada in real time at a maximum speed of 45 MPH, a trip that takes up to 8 continuous hours to complete as the game has no pause button. The game has become famous thanks to Let’s Play charity events which in 2015 alone earned up to $677,188.
It is widely regarded as the world’s most boring video game, and I’m happy to announce that there is possibly a sequel in the works. Full-time magician and sometime game designer Penn Jillette stated on his podcast, Penn’s Sunday School, that he is working with Gearbox’s Randy Pitchford on a new Desert Bus.
“I’m working with Randy Pitchford.” He stated during the Podcast. “This is not announced publicly. We are going to do a — this is a big, big deal — a new Desert Bus. And it’s just going to be for charities, so charities can use it to raise money.”
He’s calling it Desert Bus 2.0, I’m calling it Desert Bus 1.0003. It’ll be a period piece, it’ll be set in 1992, like the original Desert Bus, just high-fidelity. We’re doing a couple other games. It’ll be a bundle of things. We’re talking to a bunch of people. It’ll probably be agnostic in terms of platform. It’ll probably be for the [Oculus] Rift and for the PlayStation VR.”
As Jillette stated, the game is not completely ready to be announced, however we’re excited to see what kind of silliness the charity events like Desert Bus for Hope could get into with VR added to the monotonous game.