Desert Bus - the worst video game of all time?
Know Desert Bus? It is a game that is sometimes described as the worst game of all time (a title claimed by many, including the infamous E.T. game, not to mention the woeful QWOP). The game, if you're not familiar with it, gives you the task of driving a bus, in real time, for eight hours, along a perfectly straight road.
"Your task is simply to remain conscious," says American TV illusionist Teller, who revealed the secrets of the game's creation this week.
There's no traffic, you can't pause it and, in addition to this, the bus drifts right constantly, which means you have to steer, slightly. For ages.
If you go off-road, you have to start the eight-hour drive again from the beginning. If you complete the course, you get a magnificent one point.
Have a look.
The game was created by Penn & Teller in 1995, but remained unreleased until now (you can get it on iPhone and Android).
“Every few years, video games are blamed in the media for all of the ills in society - in the early Nineties, I wrote an article for the New York Times citing all the studies that show video games have no effect on a child’s morals," Teller says. "But we wanted to create some entertainment that helped make the point.”
"The route between Las Vegas and Phoenix is long. It's a boring job that just goes on and on repetitiously, and your task is simply to remain conscious. That was one of the big keys - we would make no cheats about time, so people like the Attorney General could get a good idea of how valuable and worthwhile a game that just reflects reality would be."
"One man. One Bus. Three hundred and sixty miles of simulated post-apocalyptic desert, and the endless struggle between man and nature personified," the game's description says. "Desert Bus. The most realistic verisimilitude reality game ever created by man or beast or man-beast is here at last."