The “worst video game ever” raised $1 million for charity
This story about driving desert buses, boiled down, in 1:15 minutes.
What’s the fuss?
Over $1 million was raised for children’s charity thanks to a dedicated group of people willing to torture themselves by playing the most mundane video game ever made.
- The game is essentially a real-life simulation of driving a bus for 8 hours straight from Tucson, Arizona to Las Vegas, Nevada.
- With no passengers, music, or reward at the end of the journey, it’s no wonder why the game was created as a joke.
- The group publicly streams themselves playing the boring game for hundreds of hours, both attracting donations and auctioning off donated gaming-related items.
- This year, the organization raised $1.19 million USD for US-based charity Child’s Play, who improves that lives of child patients by supplying toys and games to hospitals.
Boiling it down
- Many individual video game streamers often host charity streams where money earned during the streams (i.e. donations) is donated to not-for-profit organizations.
- Dedicated organizations, such as Games Done Quick, have raised tens of millions for charities around the world.
Obviously charity is awesome, but let’s not forget the comeback of retro gaming.