The Daily Grind: Does any MMORPG have content that can match Desert Bus for monotony?


A few weeks ago, my husband and I were joking about Desert Bus and had to explain it to our kids, who naturally had no idea what it was. To recap, it’s basically a prank video game that involves stupendously boring content. From Wikipedia:

“The bus contains no passengers, there is little scenery aside from an occasional rock or bus stop sign, and there is no traffic. The road between Tucson and Las Vegas is simplified compared to the real highways: it is now completely straight. The bus veers to the right slightly, and thus requires the player’s constant attention. If the bus veers off the road it will stall and be towed back to Tucson, also in real time. If the player makes it to Las Vegas, one point is scored. The player has the option to make the return trip to Tucson for another point, a decision which must be made in a few seconds or the game ends. Players may continue to make trips and score points as long as their endurance lasts. Although the landscape never changes, an insect splats on the windshield about five hours through the first trip, and on the return trip the light fades, with differences at dusk, and later a pitch black road where the player is guided only with headlights. The game cannot be paused.”

If you’ve heard about it at all, it’s in the context of Desert Bus for Hope, a worthy charity project that raises money for Child’s Play.

Of course, this is an MMO site, and this is The Daily Grind, so you knew I was gonna make it relevant! Are there any MMOs with content as boring and trollish as Desert Bus? Put another way, which MMORPG has content that can match Desert Bus for monotony?

Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab a mug of your preferred beverage and take a stab at answering the question posed in today’s Daily Grind!
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