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Ever get nostalgic for the heady days of the early 80’s when music was all about the synth, hair defied gravity, and home video game consols were 8 bit? Well, if you’re looking for the gaming experience without the unecessary hassle and expense and risk of having to wear fluorescent green shirts and listen to Flock of Seagulls music that’s associated with inventing your own time machine, check out 2600Online, which has a slew of games from the Atari 2600 stable ready to challenge your skill and your belief that anything so cheap looking could have spawned an entire subculture that would last more than 20 years (Thanks to SF Signal for bringing our attention to this site on one of its recent Tidbits lists). You’ll find old favourites like Pac-man, Ms Pac-man, Frogger and Joust, along with less well-known fare like Venture (which I had for my ColecoVision consol) and Krull (I had no idea Krull was made into a video game! Hollywood marketing guys will try anything to squeeze an extra buck out of a property, no matter how bad, won’t they?). For some of them, like Haunted House, the suck factor was way too high to make them worth playing more than a few seconds, but others, like Frogger, were still fun and worth playing for a little while.
Heading into work this morning I was listening to The Zone out of Victoria when the jock made mention of a local fundraiser of epic geek proportions: the members of the comedy troupe LoadingReadyRun are running “The 2nd Annual Desert Bus For Hope“.
This brave group has parked themselves in front of Desert Bus, a game originally part of “Penn & Teller’s Smoke and Mirrors” and said to be the most boring video game. Period. The goal: to successfully complete an 8-hour coach bus drive (and that’s in real-time) between Tucson and Vegas. And then end, you turn around and head back. For another 8 hours. Crash and you’re back to square one.
The money raised is going to Seattle charity “Child’s Play“, which donates money to children’s hospitals around the world. Last year they garnered more than $22,800. At the time of this post, they’ve so far managed to raise over $54,100 – that’s after being on the virtual road for more than 4 days and 5 hours. They’ll be locked in this epic battle with boredom (and no-one who’s watched the live bus cam feed for more than 5 seconds would dispute this claim) until they reach their time limit (burnout threshold?) of 121 hours.
Whether you can donate or not (cause hey, we’ve all got causes that are personal to us/friends/family that we support, and that’s cool), you’ve gotta take your hat off for the effort these folks have put in. Not too long ago, I did a post over on bloginhood about why geeks are great. The “2nd Annual Desert Bus For Hope” is further proof that even though geeks create and live in different worlds from time to time, their community spirit and passion make this world a hell of a lot better.