Saturday, April 08, 2006
I used to be undecided about Nintendo's next console, currently codenamed Revolution. But then I saw news today that a game based on Bob Ross's Joy of Painting will be coming to the system. Now I'm saving up my money and preordering that sucker as soon as possible.
Bob Ross is the coolest man on Earth. Whenever I see his show on, I can't stop watching, as if it's put me in a trance. There's always mystery in what's going to happen next. You see him splotch a line of paint across the beautiful mountain he just painted and scream "GOD DAMMIT BOB, YOU JUST FUCKED UP THE ENTIRE PAINTING" at the TV...but then Bob does his magic and turns the splotch into a beautiful tree, all the while babbling in his calming voice, and the world makes sense. It's a shame that all his shows are, and forever will be, reruns.
Perhaps the final paintings aren't always the best "art"...but he does them in less than an hour, and he's not looking at photographs or landscapes as he paints, that stuff is just popping right out of his head.
I don't know how a video game based on the show would work (I imagine it will use Revolution's weird-ass controller like a paint brush), but I'm so glad it's being made. There need to be more innovative games like this, rather than more sequels to games where you shoot stuff over and over.