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Desert Bus for Hope’s 10th Annual Charity Gaming Marathon Breaks Record

Desert Bus For Hope, which is an organization that streams to raise money for the charity Child’s Play, broke their previous fundraising record and raised an amazing $693,880.29.

Every year the team gets together to stream the game Desert Bus, which is a mini-game from the unreleased 1995 Sega CD game called Penn & Teller’s Smoke and Mirrors. The game has you drive from Tucson, Arizona and Las Vegas, Nevada. The trip takes 8 hours. The bus itself lists slightly, so you can’t just tape down a joystick and walk away. The player has to literally drive the bus for eight hours. When you arrive at one of the cities, you get a point, and then you turn around and do it again.

The team streamed for a total of 6 days and 15 hours. All of the money that they raised will be donated to Child’s Play, which is a charity that works to improve the lives of children who are in hospitals and shelters.

The team posted this message to their supporters.

“That’s all for us here at Desert Bus for Hope. We have bussed, danced, auctioned, cheered, laughed and boy have we cried. We did more than we ever thought we could this week. We raised more than any previous Desert Bus,” wrote the team.

“We are off to go sleep somewhere. We’ll see you on the other side of the road. Much love from everyone here at Desert Bus for Hope HQ.”

To date the Desert Bus for Hope team has raised nearly $4 million for Child’s Play.

Caylie Sadin
Caylie is a writer and all around nerd. She started reading fantasy novels when she was 8, which naturally led her into playing DnD. Her favorite video game series is Dragon Age and her favorite book is “The Name of the Wind.”
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Caylie Sadin
Caylie is a writer and all around nerd. She started reading fantasy novels when she was 8, which naturally led her into playing DnD. Her favorite video game series is Dragon Age and her favorite book is "The Name of the Wind."

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