Desert Bus For Hope Has Raised Over $450k So Far!


It’s that time once again, to hop aboard the Desert Bus For Hope and prepare for a fun experience for Child’s Play Charity.

This year, the event has raised over $450,000 for the charity Child’s Play, it is currently on Day Three. According to the Official Website, the group is using a hybrid model like last year, with three shifts broadcasting in person this year & one shift remaining remote. Alpha Flight, Nightwatch, and Dawnguard will be broadcasting in person this year, with Zeta Shift broadcasting remotely in a similar format to previous years.

What is Desert Bus For Hope?

It was started in 2007 by the internet sketch comedy group, LoadingReadyRun. Desert Bus For Hope combines video games and tedium to benefit charity.

Desert Bus For Hope 2022 Logo
Image Credit: LoadingReadyRun

Desert Bus is the world’s longest-running internet-based fundraiser and has raised more than $8 million for Child’s Play over its fourteen-year history.

The viewers direct the action and talk on chat, challenging the Desert Bus players to sing, dance, and make fools of themselves in front of thousands of viewers. Desert Bus also offers a Craft-A-Long, allowing people to help raise money by donating incredible handmade art and goods for auction.


What is Desert Bus?

Desert Bus is a mini-game from the never-released Sega CD game Penn & Teller’s Smoke and Mirrors. Challenging the player to drive a listing, unreliable, virtual bus on an endless, eight-hour-long strip of highway between Tucson, Arizona, and Las Vegas, Nevada, it is widely regarded to be the worst video game ever made. With the game being about endurance, volunteers keep the audience entertained.

Here are some examples of the entertainment during the Desert Bus For Hope Event:


If you like to watch, participate in the fun, and help raise money for Child’s Play, head over to their website for more information. The picture featured in this article was taken by Kolin Toney.

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