The game's most enduring segment is Desert Bus, a 360-mile, 8-hour, real-time bus ride from Tucson to Las Vegas at 45 MPH. Players act as the driver; the bus leans slightly to the right, preventing players from rubber-banding the controller to get through it. (If the bus crashes, it's towed back to Tucson in real time, then it starts all over again.) Should Las Vegas be reached, the player gets a single point and the option to drive back, also a real-time journey. The game cannot be paused, leading to a humorous instruction book comment: "No, it's not an oversight. Does your life have a pause button? "
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The game was designed to be as dreadfully boring and realistically inoffensive as possible, in response to then-Attorney General Janet Reno's outspoken comments on video game violence. In recent years, Desert Bus has gotten attention as part of "Desert Bus for Hope," a Child's Play (charity that donates video games to hospitals) fundraiser where entrants try playing the game as long as possible. DBFH has raised over a million dollars total so far.
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