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Bob Ross And The Joy of Painting

Zonk posted more than 8 years ago | from the happy-little-trees dept.

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hmccabe writes "'The Joy of Painting', the PBS show that taught many of us how to paint 'happy little trees,' is being made into a videogame. Apparently Nintendo's DS and Revolution systems, and PC computers will be seeing the title, which has been confirmed as not-an-april-fools-joke." From the article: "Hatcher himself admits to being a big Ross fan, which is partly why he wants to make games based on his work. 'I personally loved watching Bob Ross growing up and I enjoyed watching how easily he created his paintings. We want to translate that same feeling of watching the TV show into playing a Bob Ross game," he said. "Whether you are an eight-year-old child, or a 65-year-old grandma, we want anyone to be able to pick up the game to create and play to your heart's content.'" "

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Japanese (1)

Eightyford (893696) | more than 8 years ago | (#15050393)

This sounds very Japanese. And now we paint a happy little tree over here.

Re:Japanese (3, Informative)

tsa (15680) | more than 8 years ago | (#15050452)

And now we paint a happy little tree over here. ... And let's paint another one next to it so it doesn't feel so alone.

I loved Bob's shows.

Re:Japanese (1)

Meagermanx (768421) | more than 8 years ago | (#15050701)

Yeah, he was pretty cool. Definitely a game to watch.

Re:Japanese (1)

bicho (144895) | more than 8 years ago | (#15051274)

I watched it 'dubbed' (well, not entirely dubbed, as ou could hear his talk in the background, but it was almos unaudible).

So now for my comment.

And probable here, yes, here, live a nice little chipmunk
By the way, the chipmunk I told you about the other day is ok, she eats a lot of nuts, it's very funny...

Damm those happy trees - mine look nothing like... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15050402)

The blobs I painted look nothing like happy trees. Maybe a happy blob, but certainly nothing tree like.

Jim

Re:Damm those happy trees - mine look nothing like (2, Insightful)

maxwell demon (590494) | more than 8 years ago | (#15050534)

You are approaching the whole thing from the wrong side. To get a better feeling of yourself, you should adopt the following view:

The blobs you painted look exactly like happy trees. It's just the trees out there which don't look tree-like at all.

Re:Damm those happy trees - mine look nothing like (2, Funny)

gEvil (beta) (945888) | more than 8 years ago | (#15050796)

It's just the trees out there which don't look tree-like at all.

Either that or they're just not very happy.

Re:Damm those happy trees - mine look nothing like (1)

NewWorldDan (899800) | more than 8 years ago | (#15052532)

But we also need to study the teachings of Bob Ross. I.e., we don't make mistakes - we just have happy accidents. I actually spent a lot of time painting with Bob. My first few canvases were pretty bad. After I'd done about 9 or 10 (and bought some better brushes and paints) they were starting to look like actual landscapes.

More proof Ninshito is going to suck even more (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15050425)

This bullshit of a title is even more proof that Ninshito will suck even more thanever. After revolution they will no longer exist. Family friendly needs to go bye bye permanently.

BTW, Frost Pist?

Re:More proof Ninshito is going to suck even more (1)

weierstrass (669421) | more than 8 years ago | (#15050469)

alienating people like you is proof of concept for their 'blue water' strategy

Re:More proof Ninshito is going to suck even more (5, Insightful)

PFI_Optix (936301) | more than 8 years ago | (#15050559)

Family friendly needs to go bye bye permanently.

I agree. I mean, who wants games made for 8-year-olds?

Oh, wait...8-year-olds and their parents do.

Re:More proof Ninshito is going to suck even more (1)

PeelBoy (34769) | more than 8 years ago | (#15050921)

Shoot most of the 8 year olds I know play GTA3 (sad but true).

But you're right. My daughter is 4 now and it's nice having kid friendly games out there.

Something tells me she would have a hard time playing Doom 3 and Battlefield 2.

(I def. won't be letting her play GTA3 type of games when she is 8 either)

Re:More proof Ninshito is going to suck even more (1)

Rayonic (462789) | more than 8 years ago | (#15054636)

I agree. I mean, who wants games made for 8-year-olds?

Oh, wait...8-year-olds and their parents do.

8-year-olds want to play the most "grown-up" thing they can get their hands on. Why do you think so many like to play GTA?

Re:More proof Ninshito is going to suck even more (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15051237)

I would like to point out the parent AC said Family Friendly games need to go "bye bye".

Sounds like the parent may have been forced to play one too many Sesame Street games this weekend and they're a little bitter. Isn't 'ims a widdle bitter? Yes he is!! Bye bye!

Re:More proof Ninshito is going to suck even more (1)

hmccabe (465882) | more than 8 years ago | (#15053834)

Okay, this story was my submission, so by all rights, this is my message board. See, "hmccabe writes," that's me. As such, I feel it necessary to call you out for use of the word "Ninshito." If there is no way to make a clever portmanteau, the right thing is to not try and force one. Like, if you wanted them to discontinue a project, "Nintendon't" would suffice. You could call Nintendo fans "Nintendorks", and that would be okay. However, you replaced the sylable "ten" with "shit." Why? Presumably because you wanted to work the word "shit" in somehow. However, forcing it in where it doesn't belong smacks of trying too hard, which is the antithesis of cool.

Don't get me started on people who say "Hotlanta."

The rest of you, keep it up. You're doing a great job.



H.

Re:More proof Ninshito is going to suck even more (2, Funny)

duncanbojangles (787775) | more than 8 years ago | (#15055919)

Would you be upset if I called the Revolution's funky new controller a "Nintildo", cunningly combining the words Nintendo and dildo?

Note: Not a fanboy, don't hate the Revolution, please don't hate me.

Re:More proof Ninshito is going to suck even more (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15056537)

Just like Sony's controller is a boomerang mate!

and a little dab to brighten the trees... (3, Funny)

yagu (721525) | more than 8 years ago | (#15050445)

There.

Re:and a little dab to brighten the trees... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15058861)

You gave me my first genuine LOL of the day. Thank you for that.

This could be kinda cool.. (4, Insightful)

Tepshen (851674) | more than 8 years ago | (#15050460)

But it depends on what angle they approach it with. If is some lame sandbox type game along the lines of mario paint I would just as soon pass it up. After all I already have photoshop should I want my kids to play around with paint. But if its approached more as a learning tool I.E. Bob Ross teaches to paint by example I could really get behind that for any kid that might be interested in computer graphics.

Re:This could be kinda cool.. (2, Insightful)

MilenCent (219397) | more than 8 years ago | (#15050994)

I think if it doesn't include a sandbox painting tool, then the whole project will be something of a wash. It HAS to include content creation tools, or the thing will be useless since waving a Revolution wand around to paint, for all its coolness, is still dissimilar enough to applying a brush to canvas that little will be actually learned by the process.

By the way, I would love to see a new Mario Paint after all this time. I think that would be most, most excellent.

Re:This could be kinda cool.. (4, Insightful)

Tepshen (851674) | more than 8 years ago | (#15051257)

My point is that there is little need to create "Virtual Paint Game" in and of itself. For the money you spend on the game you can buy real paint and brushes give it to your kid then depending how old they are take the leftover money and pay someone to clean up the mess. Unless its point is to teach painting (much like Ross did) the game will be pointless. I think it would be an affront to his work if all they did was put his picture on the box and some voice recordings in here and there and made no effort to TEACH. Thats just my opinion though, I could be wrong.

Re:This could be kinda cool.. (1)

qeveren (318805) | more than 8 years ago | (#15052359)

For the money you spend on the game you can buy real paint and brushes give it to your kid then depending how old they are take the leftover money and pay someone to clean up the mess.

You've obviously never gone shopping for oil paints. :)

Re:This could be kinda cool.. (1)

gknoy (899301) | more than 8 years ago | (#15052623)

For the money you spend on the game you can buy real paint and brushes give it to your kid then depending how old they are take the leftover money and pay someone to clean up the mess

Virtual painting on the DS (or on a tablet PC, whatever) has several advantages:

- you can paint in the car
- you can paint on an airplane
- you can paint at grandma's house
- there's no need to prepare a work area
- there's no need to clean up

The fact that it's a zero-mess, completely portable solution makes it a VERY viable idea as a play option for children. Unless you want them setting up an easel in your SUV while you drive down the road ...

Re:This could be kinda cool.. (1)

MilenCent (219397) | more than 8 years ago | (#15055209)

Well, virtual paint could very well sell -- Mario Paint is regarded as a classic now, after all. And there is a certain attractiveness to non-messy paint.....

Re:This could be kinda cool.. (1)

Guspaz (556486) | more than 8 years ago | (#15053530)

I.E. Bob Ross teaches to paint by example

Err, you do know that he's dead, right?

What about the hair? (4, Funny)

ToxikFetus (925966) | more than 8 years ago | (#15050503)

Does the game teach you how to get Bob's wicked cracker-fro?

Re:What about the hair? (1)

NoMoreNicksLeft (516230) | more than 8 years ago | (#15050551)

Bob was an artist. You, you're just a lame hack, at best. No wicked fro for you.

Re:What about the hair? (1)

Frumious Wombat (845680) | more than 8 years ago | (#15051015)

That's the scoring system. If you do a good job, your 'fro grows out. If you do a bad job, you get a genuine ThomasKinkaide(tm) Mustache instead.

Re:What about the hair? (5, Funny)

bwcarty (660606) | more than 8 years ago | (#15051057)

How do you do a bad job? According to Bob, there were no mistakes, only happy accidents.

MM Painting Online??? (1)

rewinn (647614) | more than 8 years ago | (#15050506)

The category of Art Games seems sparse, but Pokemon Snap [pokemonsnap.com] was a nice, fun change from the usual 1st-person shooter. Instead of blowing monsters away, you took photographs, with limited "film" so you couldn't just spray away.

The only real problem (apart from the general Pokemon-ness, which for some people would be a barrier) is the scoring system. I think they did as well as could be expected, but scoring seemed to be centered on a particular aesthetic, e.g. photos with a critter well centered scored higher.

I hope Joy Of Painting is as much fun. Can you imagine it as a MMPORG???

Re:MM Painting Online??? (2, Insightful)

slavemowgli (585321) | more than 8 years ago | (#15050651)

Pokémon Snap was a lovely game indeed - but you really should forgive them for requiring centered pokémon for good pictures. The game is (was) aimed at children, after all, not at professional photographers. ;)

Re:MM Painting Online??? (1)

rewinn (647614) | more than 8 years ago | (#15050883)

You're quite right, of course. It would have been cool for it to have a variable scoring system, e.g. "kids", avant-garde, tourist .... but as is, it was darn good.

I suppose in some sense, websites that let you post photos and rate those of other people is a comparable game ... in which ratings are the scoring system.

Re:MM Painting Online??? (2, Funny)

J-Doggqx (809697) | more than 8 years ago | (#15050729)

"Can you imagine it as a MMPORG???"

My God! Its full of 'fros!

Re:MM Painting Online??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15050872)

Damn! Used up all my mod points on April Foolsies.

Re:MM Painting Online??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15051386)

Bah. Then you'd have to spend every night doing four hour forty-artist painting instances just to get your tier 1 'fro.

Re:MM Painting Online??? (3, Insightful)

ClamIAm (926466) | more than 8 years ago | (#15051442)

Yes, yes I can imagine it as an MMO. It would consist entirely of griefers running around slopping paint over other peoples' work and yelling "OMFG NUB!"

Re:MM Painting Online??? (1)

MrCopilot (871878) | more than 8 years ago | (#15055945)

You would probably like Beyond Good and Evil, Reporter Female lead collects pictures of wildlife and then uncovers and snaps government Corruption and more wildlife.

Good Game, Underated

Let's make a happy little game (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15050510)

And if you tell anyone about this game I will cut you.

ha (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15050563)

bob ross can paint my trees anytime

Happy little.........more trees! (3, Funny)

rad_chad (611206) | more than 8 years ago | (#15050587)

As a kid I watched his show and enjoyed it, but did he ever really paint anything other than happy little trees? And maybe a mountain or a lake to compliment them. Isn't he the AC/DC of the painting world?

Re:Happy little.........more trees! (1)

maxwell demon (590494) | more than 8 years ago | (#15050648)

Well, you know, there are so many different trees you can paint, like red-black trees, B trees, B+ trees, ... :-)

Re:Happy little.........more trees! (4, Informative)

Red Flayer (890720) | more than 8 years ago | (#15050714)

After 20 years (1961-1981) in the USAF, maybe Bob painted happy little trees because all his animosity had been used up in helping blow stuff up?

Re:Happy little.........more trees! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15052758)

He didn't blow anything up in the Air Force. He was a Bio-Environmental Engineer. They are the folks that make sure there aren't any nasty chemicals around to kick your ass. If somebody craps in a pool, they get called out to check to see if it was cleaned up properly. They are the ones that monitor the air to see if any chemical/biological stuff was released.

He was stationed in Elmendorf, AK the same time we were. He also worked with my mother (who was also a BEE).

Re:Happy little.........more trees! (1)

Red Flayer (890720) | more than 8 years ago | (#15053324)

Cool. But still tangentially helping to blow stuff up.

Re:Happy little.........more trees! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15052073)

I seem to remember quite a few happy little clouds and bushes. "He looks a little lonely, so let's give him a friend."

And remember, waves make that "PHWHOOSH!" sound whenever you paint them.

Anyone else remember the pet squirrel he had?

Wow, I must have watched that show more than I recall.

Re:Happy little.........more trees! (1)

Korvar (937226) | more than 8 years ago | (#15056321)

He would, on occasion, paint in a log cabin.

Must have Feature (4, Insightful)

Irish_Samurai (224931) | more than 8 years ago | (#15050703)

I will only buy this if it comes with a "Theater Mode" where I can let Bob's voice lull me into a happy tree coma.

Re:Must have Feature (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15051759)

Yes, I used to love slipping into Bob Ross semi-comas when I was little.

Bob Ross coma for sale! (1)

lmh2671772 (715482) | more than 8 years ago | (#15058284)

I believe that if you go to the Bob Ross site [bobross.com] , you can order your very own coma-inducing videos.

Which is what I need right about.... now.

Disclaimer: I have not ordered nor viewed these myself. Your coma-inducing mileage may vary.

The Hidden Level (2, Funny)

photojunkie (903749) | more than 8 years ago | (#15050782)

I hope they include some sort of hidden level, maybe i you just stare at the canvas for ten minutes without moving you will start to hear that 'rat-a-tat-tat' of the Victor-Charlie gunning down your position, and you will lob a tube of titanium white at the cameraman before trying to dive for cover behind one of the "happy little bushes" you've painted. (seriously though, as lame as this Could be - there's a part of me that has to see it in real life)

Re:The Hidden Level (1)

t-twisted (937590) | more than 8 years ago | (#15051467)

No need for the "rat-tat-tat" sound effects... 'ole Bob, when he got excited about adding a highlight of color to a sunset or water effect, would fiercely whisper "fire it in there! Just fire it in!" Now that would get anyone's adrenaline going!

Re:The Hidden Level (1)

BobRoss (63028) | more than 8 years ago | (#15057740)

Don't forget that he would beat the holy hell outta his paint brushes to get the water out of them. That's gotta be in the game, for sure.
I can envision an energy meter that waxes and wanes as depending how ferociously you move the brush, and points for how many people on the production crew you can spatter.

If only... (0, Flamebait)

Terminal Saint (668751) | more than 8 years ago | (#15050786)

Too bad Bob Ross wasn't around earlier, maybe Hitler could have watched, learned, and gotten into art school, saving us all a lot of trouble.
"I can't quite get the trees... ah fuck! I vill kill everyone!"

Re:If only... (1)

GeekyMike (575177) | more than 8 years ago | (#15053429)

LOL, Hitlers art did suck. Bob Ross could have prevented the Holocaust

Wow...so easy (1)

tansey (238786) | more than 8 years ago | (#15050877)

"We want to translate that same feeling of watching the TV show into playing a Bob Ross game"

Err..mind-numbing boredom?

"Whether you are an eight-year-old child, or a 65-year-old grandma, we want anyone to be able to pick up the game to create and play to your heart's content.'"

Done.

Seriously, I can only see one hope for this game: a series of lessons on how to paint ponies.

Re:Wow...so easy (5, Insightful)

MilenCent (219397) | more than 8 years ago | (#15051037)

Nintendo is chasing after non-gamers for the DS and Revolution, so this has the potential to be a real coop for them to have this on their systems. Bob Ross has greater name recognition, outside of gaming circles, than Grand Theft Auto.

Re:Wow...so easy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15053091)

I think you meant, "a real coon."

I'm totally totally totally totally totally totally totally TOTALLY sorry.
/ducks

Re:Wow...so easy (1)

XO (250276) | more than 8 years ago | (#15053357)

obviously! is there anyone here who DOESN'T have a vague notion of who Bob Ross is? Do any of you know WHY you know who Bob Ross is? i sure don't

Re:Wow...so easy (1)

MilenCent (219397) | more than 8 years ago | (#15055218)

Hmm... I figure I know who Bob Ross is because of the web of popular culture references that have been made about him that have served to elevate his low-budget PBS show into one of those second-tier cultural artifacts that's just famous enough to be known to most people today, but in eighty years will make all kinds of historians wonder what the hell we mean when "Bob Ross" comes up in an ancient document they're investigating.

Re:Wow...so easy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15056705)

"Coup". It's spelled "coup." It's French for "stroke". When used in English, it connotes a highly successful action. It is pronounced "coo".

Re:Wow...so easy (1)

MilenCent (219397) | more than 8 years ago | (#15058092)

Yeah, I realized that after I posted it. My bad.

Re:Wow...so easy (1)

fufubag (935599) | more than 8 years ago | (#15058901)

So you can see this cloud of smug here, originating over San Francisco, is moving towards this new smug cloud eminating from a slashdot post here...

Re:Wow...so easy (1)

chinton (151403) | more than 8 years ago | (#15051862)

Seriously, I can only see one hope for this game: a series of lessons on how to paint ponies.

Lesson 1:

Get the pony to stand still -- its a pain to try and paint on a moving canvas.

Serious Thought (4, Insightful)

American AC in Paris (230456) | more than 8 years ago | (#15050889)

I love jumping on the ol' good-natured-poking-fun-at-Bob-Ross bandwagon, but let's actually consider what this game could end up being--and doing.

First, consider where Bob Ross' style meets computer technology. Ross is best known for two things: painting landscapes and easily recycled phrases. Now, think about what you could do with this in a computer game: dynamically-generated landscapes ("never the same painting!"); reasonably intelligent guidance (processing...object:forest. Speak: "happy little trees". Append random advice on painting trees. Bleep bleep.); Ease-of-use (no setup, no cleanup--paint for five minutes at a time! No need to buy brushes and canvas--you've got a full professional setup already!); and finally, the Revolution's controller (select: 1/2" fan brush. Dab, dab, dab, tilt, dab, dab--whoa, a happy little tree!) Get past the obvious snark, and this game actually holds some promise.

While I doubt it'll end up being a killer game, it could very well end up being a tipping-point game for parents/casual gamers making a purchasing decision. "Hey, here's something I could see myself enjoying..." "Hey, it has Tetris, Scrabble and this painting game...looks like it could be fun!" Heck, even I'm intrigued by it--and it certainly isn't the kind of thing I'd typically consider for a video game.

There are a lot of unsolved variables in this equation, but it could turn out to be something fun, profitable and--dare I say it--revolutionary...

Re:Serious Thought (1)

patio11 (857072) | more than 8 years ago | (#15054610)

And wouldn't this be the perfect game for the DS, which already comes with a "paintbrush"? Another thing to add to their "Your grandmother will love you if you get her this for her birthday" list along with Brain Training/Nintendogs/whatever. Maybe even allow you to export your creations via that underused wireless connection -- mail them to your friends, post them on your website, etc.

Hmmm... (1)

kyle (in stereo) (949060) | more than 8 years ago | (#15052412)

Killer app?

Where's Acclaim when you need them? (2, Funny)

ShawnDoc (572959) | more than 8 years ago | (#15052421)

The evil Republicans, tired of Bob being funded with taxpayer money have stolen all of Bob's paint. Help Bob get his paint back! You control Bob through 27 levels of platforming fun, dodging right wing kooks, NRA members, and the religious right while collecting every color of paint under the rainbow.

SAVE (1)

iridium_ionizer (790600) | more than 8 years ago | (#15052425)

For those of us who love drawing, and love drawing on the go, this will be great. Pictochat is good enough for some pretty cool stuff - considering that you're doing it on a portable game system. I hope they let you save enough of your creations - that is a major flaw of Pictochat, and from what I hear Electroplankton.

Oblig. Family Guy (3, Funny)

Lord_Dweomer (648696) | more than 8 years ago | (#15052705)

Bob Ross: And we're just gonna paint a happy little tree there, and that'll be our little secret....

....and if you tell ANYONE, I will come to your house and I will CUT you!

So awesome (1)

dotfaith (965472) | more than 8 years ago | (#15056038)

Ah, I first discovered Bob Ross when I was a little girl. I saw his awesome show on PBS, barely visible because of all the fuzz caused by non-cable TV. I liked him because he understood that you have to make noises when you paint. I used to say and still do "you gotta make the noises or it won't work". I still insist that he was coppying off of ME even though he was who he was before I was even born. He's my kind of people. I would like to have met him.

watch the bob ross episode of boondocks (1)

Zantetsuken (935350) | more than 8 years ago | (#15056154)

watch the bob ross episode of the boondocks, and you will realize just how crazy the guy has to be - I mean cmon, painting "happy little trees" is the highlight of his life...

Off-topic: Far Side cartoon starring Bob Ross? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15056246)

Gary Larsen once drew a cartoon, not sure if it was published or not, featuring a TV with a likeness of Bob Ross, a woman, and a large tree which had fallen and crashed into the house, landing atop said woman. One of the funniest Far Sides I've seen.

I saw it in a dead-tree book I own(ed), but can't find it now. Does anyone know if there's a link to one online somewhere? Post it if you've got it...

How about the secret city game? (1)

British (51765) | more than 8 years ago | (#15058236)

Will there be a sequel featuring The Secret City?

IIRC Secret City was this guy who dressed like Joel Hodgson's MST3K uniform and showed you how to draw 3/4 perspective buildings, etc.

oh crap (1)

mgabrys_sf (951552) | more than 8 years ago | (#15062579)

The remark about "not being an April Fools joke" was great. I wonder how many hair-brained (Afro?) schemes got their PR moment in the sun just in time to be laughed off the email inbox / fax machine?

Oh man - I"m still chuckling over it.

PR: A BOB ROSS VIDEO GAME

Editor: yea right April Fool yourself.\

PR: No REALLY!

Editor: Yea Yea Yea...

PR hellday. I love it.
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