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You can play Penn & Teller's wonderfully uneventful 'Desert Bus' in VR

Jon Fingas, @jonfingas
November 15, 2014
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Ask veteran gamers about the least eventful title you can play and they'll probably mention Desert Bus. The legendary minigame from the unreleased Penn & Teller's Smoke and Mirrors has you driving from Tucson to Las Vegas on a featureless road... in eight hours of real time. That may not sound like much fun, but it's considered a classic challenge -- and now, you can play it in virtual reality. Shiny Shoe has released Desert Bus VR, a recreation that lets you experience the purposefully unexciting trip through an Oculus Rift DK2 headset. You can now see the bus door when you stop for passengers that never come, or look behind you when you're towed back home after a crash.

If you have the curiosity (and stamina) to check it out, you only need a Windows PC with enough horsepower to drive Oculus' VR gear. And don't worry if you'd rather not immerse yourself in monotonous mass transit. If you're reading this in mid-November, you watch others drive at Desert Bus for Hope, which is using the original game to raise funds for Penny Arcade's Child's Play charity.

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