November 28, 2007, 10:48 am

As of 6:35am PST, the Desert Bus for Hope stopped!!! THANK GOD!

In the end we ended up raising $22,805. Nothing in this world could have prepared us for this kind of support. Thank you everyone for the words of encouragement, the donations, the food, and thanks to all that stayed up countless hours to keep us entertained in the chat. This would have not been possible if it wasn’t for you guys.

Also just a huge thanks to everyone out there that was kind enough to throw us a link, give us a radio/tv interviews and just for telling a friend. And on top of all these people a huge thanks needs to go out to Penn and Teller. It is safe to say that your support kept us going at 3:30 in the morning, knowing a phone call could be a matter of hours away from you guys was always a HUGE moral boost. Thanks so much for the support and the food. You guys are fantastic.

We are looking into maybe doing a quick live video re-cap of the event on Thursday night, more information to follow.

80 Comments on “The Finale”

  1. WOOOOOO!

    Go LRR team! You beat the desert and its evils!

    By Linis - November 28th, 2007 10:50 am
  2. “Nothing in this world could have prepared us for this kind of support.”

    Support? Or twisted sadism?

    Kidding. Congratulations guys. Really, that’s an amazing amount of money…

    Oh, also we demand that Morgan goes through with his 109 hour. GOGO.

    By TheGreyGunman - November 28th, 2007 10:51 am
  3. No LRR pimping in the final post? For shame.

    By Lacerta - November 28th, 2007 10:52 am
  4. Its kinda sad we didnt get morgan up.. oh well!

    By dark_realm - November 28th, 2007 10:57 am
  5. You guys are amazing. $22,805! That’s awesome!

    Great Job!

    By `-God-` - November 28th, 2007 10:58 am
  6. This has truly been an amazing feat shared by both the LRR crew & all their supporters. It was a pleasure to watch your continued torment & an honour to have been given the opportunity to take part in it, especially being able to communicate with you in real-time, which makes the comradery that much greater. It was a pleasure to endure the long, long weekend with you & I admire you all. Thank you and congratulations! ~ Evil Jim

    By Evil Jim - November 28th, 2007 10:59 am
  7. Wow! congratulations guys. 4 days of desert bus is unbelivable. Next year you’ll have to make it 8 days ;-)

    By Adam Hartling (Xenos_) - November 28th, 2007 11:00 am
  8. wanna see the 22k images :P

    By Chris - November 28th, 2007 11:00 am
  9. Neva forget

    By Anonymous - November 28th, 2007 11:03 am
  10. You cant stop here! This is bat country!

    By sean - November 28th, 2007 11:03 am
  11. Congratulations on doing something so incredibly awesome that it really can’t be quantified. Also, thanks for doling out the sleep deprivation.

    By Spottednigel - November 28th, 2007 11:04 am
  12. I was really hoping I could cause you guys to have to drive one more hour :) Oh well, thanks for the entertainment, the fun, the great idea, and for collecting so much for child’s play!
    -Bill

    By Bfisch1983 - November 28th, 2007 11:05 am
  13. Grats!! You guys are amazing.

    By Atrius - November 28th, 2007 11:07 am
  14. Good job everyone! Now you can sleep, go to school, go to work return to your regularly scheduled activities.

    By Lord Chrusher - November 28th, 2007 11:12 am
  15. Next year, 8% increase per hour.

    Actually, maybe 20% would be safer.

    By Sarah - November 28th, 2007 11:12 am
  16. Congratulations, guys, you did a bang-up job and raised some serious coin for an awesome charity by going WAY above and beyond the call of duty.

    … see you next year?

    By Chamelaeon - November 28th, 2007 11:17 am
  17. Great work guys! Lets see a repeat of this, or something better! Learn your lessons from this round, and the next event will be even better!

    By Matt - November 28th, 2007 11:23 am
  18. Damn job!!! I missed the end! Why did it stop? Was my math off? I was thinking the end was going to be 10:30 AM EST! Oh well….

    Congratulations on an *awesome* job, guys! $22K is *amazing*!!!! You guys are going to make a *lot* of kids *very* happy!!! You guys are awesome!

    By Kenny - November 28th, 2007 11:23 am
  19. Okay, who let LRR get the Quad Damage?

    By Da Dweeb - November 28th, 2007 11:24 am
  20. WHY IS YOUR GRAPHIC SAY $28K?

    By Gold - November 28th, 2007 11:33 am
  21. congrats guys!!! it was awesome to watch! you guys have done a great thing for these kids. $22K is gonna buy alot of video games for them for the christmas holiday. i look forward to next year to see if u guys do this again :D congrats again!!!

    By Dagger - November 28th, 2007 11:44 am
  22. Though I never got into chat I was informed what you were doing for child’s play and stayed up and watched you guys rooting when you hit another thousand and laughing at all the silly jokes. You guys are truly great and hope you do it again next year. I know you have inspired a lot of people. You have shown you don’t really need to do anything truly physical like run a race to get money for charity, all you need is determination, good friends, and the ability to hold a controller. Again congrats and thank you

    By Kristin - November 28th, 2007 11:47 am
  23. Spectacular finish LRR!

    By Mechsae - November 28th, 2007 11:50 am
  24. Wow congratz im just sad I missed the finale. =(

    By Syphilis - November 28th, 2007 11:58 am
  25. Congrats on the successful run guys! I was a little sad this morning when I realized you would not be on again, but I bet you’re relieved to have finished. You all deserve a long break.

    By Jen - November 28th, 2007 12:05 pm
  26. Amazing job… seriously.

    Although, correct me if I’m wrong… the current time only shows 108 hours (96+12), while the time limit is 109…. Not to be sadistic, but do you owe Desert Bus another hour???

    I mean, for the kids, right?

    By Inversed - November 28th, 2007 12:09 pm
  27. Hope you guys can finally get some rest. :)

    I think the whole community is blown away by what you’ve done here.

    By Shoebox - November 28th, 2007 12:12 pm
  28. What was your score at the end? There should be a desert bus high score board somewhere :p

    By dr-spangle - November 28th, 2007 12:26 pm
  29. hey everyone, i’m glad your suffering is over for now, you all are what i would consider to be ‘the best of the best’ when it comes to the human spirit. To inflict pain upon one’s self for the sake of helping poor, sick children have happiness has to be one of the most considerate (if not batshit crazy) things someone can do in their life.
    If there is a heaven or a hell, you’ve earned your ticket to the pearly gates.

    By Ridetsu - November 28th, 2007 12:29 pm
  30. Defiantly want to extend my congrats to the crew! From comp science in grade 12 to this! ha, very well done and I would never hope this game upon you again!

    By Nigel Brown - November 28th, 2007 12:33 pm
  31. I think they got donations to push them into 109 hours after they stoped. and yes they did give the donation 5 minutes to tally in so I don’t say they owe Desert Bus another hour.

    ///MJ

    By Mats - November 28th, 2007 12:38 pm
  32. You guys are great! I kept the live feed going every moment I was at a computer for the last 3 days – my roommates love/hate me for it, but I was blown away to see it top 20,000.

    Other than “three PS3s”, I hadn’t ever seen the other LRR videos…Thanks to desert bus, I’ve already gone through the entire archive on your site. Rock.

    By Paul (not LRR paul) - November 28th, 2007 12:46 pm
  33. Job well done, congrats, now get some sleep/stand up and stretch/whatever.

    By Unclever title - November 28th, 2007 12:47 pm
  34. Let’s see the 22000 images! WTG LRR

    By The Passenger - November 28th, 2007 12:57 pm
  35. This was really an inspiration. I once wrote an article called “hacking for the homeless” for a magazine I put out for RantMedia. The topic was using your “geekdom” to think of ways to benefit others and charity. This certainly makes the list. I think it’s safe to say, you pwned desert bus.

    Cheers,

    alienbinary

    By alienbinary - November 28th, 2007 1:18 pm
  36. I was one of the very-last-minute donators ($243) to try and extend their run (in fact, I clicked pay right as they were cheering at the end). I have to say, I don’t regret missing the bus (rimshot) on getting them an extra hour, and I’m fine with my donation going through. This was awesome indeed, and I’m totally down with their idea of running Desert Bus on XBLA next year as a sort of “drive for kids” group effort thing.

    By Caravan - November 28th, 2007 1:21 pm
  37. For the “missing the bus” pun I award Caravan .5 of a Desert Bus Point (which is A LOT)

    THANKS LRR

    Gratz guys?

    By Arilla - November 28th, 2007 1:26 pm
  38. By James Z - November 28th, 2007 1:29 pm
  39. Aw man, of all people I ought to know you can’t leave an img tag in a WordPress comment.

    Point is: ABANDONMENT ANXIETY

    By James Z - November 28th, 2007 1:30 pm
  40. Wow, great job guys! $22’000 is way more than I first guessed :O

    By The End Boss - November 28th, 2007 1:32 pm
  41. Congratulations everyone!
    Your contribution is going to make so many children delighted.
    ^_^

    By Kate - November 28th, 2007 1:49 pm
  42. Dammit, I set my alarm so I could see the end but it never went off.

    Good job on making a lot of sick kids happy this Christmas.

    DESERT BUS!!! WOOOOO!!!!

    By Fuzzypaws - November 28th, 2007 1:50 pm
  43. I am going to follow this party back to loadingreadyrun.com. This bunch is funny as hell with desert bus sized hearts.

    By sean - November 28th, 2007 2:07 pm
  44. You guys rock! Gratz on an awesome job well done! Hope you guys can do it next year.

    By Stephieface - November 28th, 2007 2:12 pm
  45. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! THIS CANNOT BE OVER!!!! WHYYYYYYYYYYY????
    Okay, i know you guys really need some rest, but i am kinda surprised right now to see the “game over” message all of a sudden. Sad. I just thought (hoped) this would go on forever.
    It was a wonderful event, though. Thanks LRR for doing this, i had so much fun watching you ride that damn bus!

    By STROMKOPF - November 28th, 2007 2:18 pm
  46. I’m sure you guys are gonna get REALLY tired of hearing this eventually.

    But thank you very much, for presenting a new and entertaining twist to this yearly tradition. And for providing the entire gaming community a chance to join as one, and bask in the seemingly endless schaddenfreude of your trials and tribulations.

    And congratulations on sticking it out and seeing the ordeal through to the end.

    Sadly my office blocks the streaming video and I couldn’t see the finish. I’d love to see a highlight reel of the event if you’re willing to sift through the 4.5 days worth of video. ^_^

    By martin - November 28th, 2007 2:36 pm
  47. oh the memorable moments

    By Krz - November 28th, 2007 2:54 pm
  48. For all those who missed the Finalle, it’s up on the Ustream.tv site. It’s the first past clip on the left.

    http://www.ustream.tv/channel/desert-bus-drivercam

    And for those of you coping with abandonment the second clip from the left is 5 hours long, happy viewing!

    Also, yeah I sent an e-mail shortly after they updated with the 109 hours thing and got a response stating the same. Despite Bill’s enthusiasm to keep going till Morgan got another shift they cut off the tally at $243.16 to the next total and went over 5 minutes after they were supposed to stop.

    By Mechsae - November 28th, 2007 2:54 pm
  49. FLAWLESS
    VICTORY

    By Jon - November 28th, 2007 2:57 pm
  50. AWESOME job guys!

    We’ll see you next year!

    By Lord Traith - November 28th, 2007 3:05 pm
  51. Truly a spectacular fund raiser. It’s like the Relay for Life, except in a Desert on a Bus…

    I actually dreamed of Desert Bus. I’m not sure if that’s good or not.

    LRR is AMAZING!

    By Scone - November 28th, 2007 3:33 pm
  52. Caravan, yeah sorry it didn’t come through in time, because I DID want Morgan to have to drive again, but as it is, I had class at 9:30AM, so finishing at 6:30AM was bad enough.
    Thanks though!

    If we do our live feed wrap-up on Thursday, we’ll make him play during it.

    By Graham - November 28th, 2007 3:35 pm
  53. That compromise pleases me! :D

    By Caravan - November 28th, 2007 3:41 pm
  54. Bye bye!

    By tuckerfudpucker - November 28th, 2007 3:41 pm
  55. Great job, I really enjoyed watching you guys and all your jokes.
    A must have for next year… Andy! Maybe a show tune every hour on the hour or every time you hit a thousand mark!
    Congrats and great job!

    By Sara - November 28th, 2007 3:43 pm
  56. By the fifth year, you’ll be driving a real bus from Tucson to Las Vegas and back, and broadcasting live to us via satellite!

    By Caravan - November 28th, 2007 3:45 pm
  57. Look forward to the SECOND annual desert bus for hope!

    By Andy - November 28th, 2007 3:51 pm
  58. Yeah… we’ll need a little while to clear our heads, and to stop seeing air freshener’s floating in front of our eyes, before we decide what’s happening next year.

    By Graham - November 28th, 2007 3:56 pm
  59. Well done guys!

    Congratulations!!1

    22k is FREAKIN’ amazing!!

    Dez!

    By Dez! - November 28th, 2007 4:22 pm
  60. Congrats LRR!

    I’m kinda bummed I missed the end, but I’m really glad I could spend so much of the time (pretty much my entire weekend, haha) with you guys! It was time well spent.

    So amazing on the 22k! I hope you three do something along these lines next year.

    Here’s to hoping for that live feed wrap-up on Thursday.

    By Kcha - November 28th, 2007 4:35 pm
  61. Grats to LRR :D

    I’ve been trying to come up with a good Child’s Play fund raiser, but yours is was better than anything I’ve managed to dream up ;)

    Great job, and thanks for the good times. I look forward to next year.

    By Alonzo - November 28th, 2007 5:24 pm
  62. I think I only missed about 30 or so hours of the thing, total. I don’t know what I’m going to do with myself now that it’s gone. D=

    Great job though, guys. What might be more amazing than the $22k is the fact that you managed to stay entertaining even at 2 am after 4 days of playing.

    By Ijzer - November 28th, 2007 5:28 pm
  63. I’m not sure about what I can say that hasn’t been said before, but you guys did a very awesome job. I kept the Driver Cam running constantly (even while asleep!) and I was rather sad to wake up to the camera being off air.

    This was a brilliant idea and you will for sure make a lot of people, not just children, very happy. Congrats!

    By ZephCrow - November 28th, 2007 5:53 pm
  64. I can’t believe it’s over. But hey, I got to see the end right as my school bus (heh, bus…) pulled up, so… WHOO LRR! You guys ish teh amazings! This is gonna make a ton of kids happy this Christmas/Chanukah/Kwanzaa/Winter Solstice/remotely holiday-related period of time taking place within November through February. Also, for all you reading this, here are my $22k images:

    http://img153.imageshack.us/img153/3365/22kwu9.png
    http://img84.imageshack.us/img84/6876/22k2nk4.png

    here are all the images I made, unhosted and hosted (that’s a lot, btw):

    8k – http://img89.imageshack.us/img89/5309/8000lq2.png
    9k – http://img89.imageshack.us/img89/3947/9000jv6.png
    10k (v1) – http://img89.imageshack.us/img89/8596/10000ps3.png
    10k (v2) – http://img232.imageshack.us/img232/2726/100002ay2.png
    10k (v3) – http://img64.imageshack.us/img64/6858/100003ku6.png
    14k – http://img118.imageshack.us/img118/563/desertbusyw1.png
    17k – http://img153.imageshack.us/img153/3484/desertbus2lt1.png
    19k – http://img528.imageshack.us/img528/8615/desertbus3dr8.png
    20k (img 1) – http://img153.imageshack.us/img153/6192/20knv6.png
    20k (img 2) – http://img99.imageshack.us/img99/824/20kaylh4.jpg
    22k (img 1) – http://img153.imageshack.us/img153/3365/22kwu9.png
    22k (img 2) – http://img84.imageshack.us/img84/6876/22k2nk4.png

    Holy damn I made a lot of crap for this thing. Too bad it’s over… Well, it was fun while it lasted.

    By Yadda - November 28th, 2007 8:17 pm
  65. er, sorry to doublepost, but I meant unPOSTED and POSTED. *hits self in head*

    By Yadda - November 28th, 2007 8:19 pm
  66. “WELL DONE !!” a few months ago i sent Bill away on a special mission hoping he would master the skill of driving. ……..Alas, seeing as he is now the “GINGER CRASHER” with the MOST CRASHES!!! I’m not so sure I want him driving my truck……….
    LOVE YOU ALL LLR Couldn’t be more PROUD……. I CAN’T WAIT to SEE WHAT’s NEXT
    ……really truely…… BILL’s MOM

    By billsmom - November 28th, 2007 9:07 pm
  67. Just wanted to say that the cam chat was a great experience. Thanks for keeping me company while I was sick and bored. Oh, and I guess raising a hojillion dollars for sick kids is pretty cool of you too.

    By Aaron - November 28th, 2007 9:17 pm
  68. I put it on Digg:

    http://www.digg.com/gaming_news/Desert_Bus_for_Hope_rolls_to_a_stop_raises_22_805_for_charity

    By Psykus - November 28th, 2007 10:06 pm
  69. Stunning an awesome. Donated $5 and happy to help. I salute you for doing something not only funny but charitable. I will be watching next year too. Thanks for another interesting addition to the Tubes.

    By Matt - November 30th, 2007 3:15 am
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    hey, my browser wont let me open the chat, so im just gonna ask you from this message. Could one of you sing “Kung Fu Fighting”? Could one of you just fart out loud? Could one of you breakdance? And could one of you say “that’s what she said” to whatever Morgan says? Those are all my requests for now. Thank you in advance!

    and also I have a Dr. Morgan question

    Dear Dr. Morgan

    I have suddenly grown blue fur, my eyes have suddenly bloated. They are huge and pop outside of my face. One of them is actually bigger than the other. I also have a strange craving for cookies and I cannot control it. What should I do?

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