In response to Janet Reno's outcry against violent video games they included a real-to-life minigame called "Desert Bus" where you drive a bus from Tuscon to Las Vegas. In real time. Completing the game takes eight hours. In real time. This is provided you keep the accelerator floored at the bus' maximum speed of 45 MPH and don't drift off the road. You can't just tape the button down & go do something else because, just like real life, the bus won't stay straight for long. No, it doesn't careen off into a ditch & explode in a boiling mass of flame. This is real life, remember. The bus slows down, gets stuck in the sand & overheats. If you wait long enough a tow-truck arrives, pulls you out & tows you all the way back to Tuscon. In real time. Just like real life. There are plenty of things to do & see in "Desert Bus" to keep the game entertaining: there's a digital clock in the dash to keep track of the passing time. It's not accurate unless you start playing at 7:30, but it ticks off the minutes & hours just like on a real clock. There's also an odometer to track the 360 miles between stops. There's one of them green pine tree shaped air fresheners hanging from the rear-view mirror that rotates as the bus moves. You can drive on the right side of the road -- you can even drive on the left side of the road since there isn't much traffic. The line is always dotted so you can pass at any time. To top it all off, you can even beep the horn. Playing through the entire game awards you one point & once you reach Vegas you're asked if you would like to work a double shift & drive back to Tuscon, thus offering another exciting round of "Desert Bus."
I mentioned above that the game -- Pen & Teller: Smoke and Mirrors, not just "Desert Bus" -- was unreleased, but that doesn't mean no one ever had their hands on a copy. Someone, somewhere, bless them, must have kept their pre-release or demo disc because now, as luck would have it, the game is now available for free, illegal download. Everything you need to know, including links to the Bittorrent & GENS emulator can be found.... wait for iiit... here. But you didn't get it from me. Or, if you don't want to play, screenshots & a review can be found at the SomethingAwful forums here. Don't say I didn't warn ya.
Also just in, Penn talks about the game in detail in his podcast on March 1st. Look for "Pen & Teller's Real Life Games" on the list. Game stuff starts at the 3:50 minute mark. He doesn't sound too concerned about the game being downloaded so I don't feel guilty about it just yet.
Now before you all rush to download the game & start playing "Desert Bus," I have plans for this weekend. I'd like to finally get hacking on that back room of mine & this will involve some serious disorganization before I can get things sorted out. I would like some help & I am willing to pay for it. I just need someone to come over and help move stuff around while I sort through the waist-deep pile of boxes cluttering what will eventually become my spare bedroom. Basically you'd just have to be patient while I rooted around deciding what to keep, & move stuff for me either to piles designated for trash or charitable donations. Anyone who helps will get first dibs on anything I'm getting rid of (my trash could be your treasure!) & after I've had enough sorting I'll make it worth your while by taking you out to dinner & maybe a movie or something that evening. Sound good? I'm free both Saturday & Sunday. Just email me or leave a comment here. We're open all night.
Speaking of night, I should probably get to doing those night-y type things like
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