Today would have been Bob Ross's 73rd birthday. He passed a little over twenty years ago, in July 1995, after a few years of battling lymphoma. He was best known for his long-running TV series, The Joy of Painting, which aired on PBS (and elsewhere) for just over eleven years.
I mention this because Twitch broadened their horizons a bit, creating a category for users to broadcast creative works, called “Creative”, such as painting and pumpkin carving. This seems like a large pivot from playing games, although it isn't really. For a long time, Twitch allowed users to publish game development in their Game Development “game”. I, personally, have been doing this for a little under a year, creating a game called “Check It!” entirely on video stream (it's like Chess, but with designed levels that could be even based on a 64 x 64 or larger grid, have holes and corridors, etc.). The “Creative” channel is really a just a tip-toe away from that. It's also something that people have been doing on sites like LiveStream (and probably even Justin.TV back in the day) for a long time.
Kicking off the “Creative” group is a channel for Bob Ross. Twitch purchased all 403 episodes of The Joy of Painting, and are playing them in a marathon that started at 5pm ET. As of this publishing, they just started episode 2. I don't know what they will do when they run out, but we'll probably find out in a little over a week. Hopefully it will be on a loop or something.
Hopefully, now more people will know it's there.
It is impossible to love
It is impossible to love anything as much as bob ross loved painting.
Pretty much. :p
Pretty much. :p
thanks for the info Scott,
thanks for the info Scott, got this bookmarked as my homepage now. Don’t know how that happened, must of been a happy accident 😉
The accident is now birds.
The accident is now birds.
Used to zoooooooooonnnnnnnneeee out to this guy 20 years ago after school. I’d get home, flip on PBS, and slip into a slackjawed trance.
Like floating along on some happy clouds.
glad i’m not the only one. i
glad i’m not the only one. i just lost 2 hours of my life in what seemed like 20 mins and I feel very peaceful and calm…11/10 would lose again!
note: i find it kinda funny that my recent win10 upgrade was the exact opposite experience. Maybe M$ should of bought the rights rather than Twitch. Im sure watching a happy little landscape get created would go a long way in making the upgrade (and eventual downgrade) much more smoother and ‘pallet-able’ Happy Painting XD!
This is so great! I loved to
This is so great! I loved to watch him back in the days. Thanks für this info! Will be bookmarked right when i got home!
Smoked SOOOOOOOO much weed
Smoked SOOOOOOOO much weed watching this dude back in the day.
“And now I’m gona add a bit of grass here, OH NO, I made a little splotch, but that’s just fine, I’ll turn that into a little pot plant there, and that’ll be our little secret. Hiding there, under mister sun, with all the peace and the forest watching. And here i’ll ad a little stream, water the weed, feed the need, fill you with love. And Be at peace, I will always love you”
Not actualy bob ross, BUT that’s what it sounded like to 15 year old collie, baked, trying to get his 286 up to 9mhz (never happened) baked!
Oh, and It’s 1:14 am, toasted, I have no idea what I wrote so far, morning pc-per-post SUPRISE!!!!!
Polygon (of course) reported
Polygon (of course) reported that the internet is so vile and hateful that it ruined the Bob Ross stream chat. Of course, that’s bullshit. I went and looked and even at 2am on a saturday morning, there were more than 50,000 people and chat was screaming by so fast… and it was all sweet and humorous. Good natured. People guessing what his next color pallet would be. Excited when he said “happy little tree”. Saying “RUINED!” when he would do some weird giant blotch on a canvas over all his cool background… and then “VAC!” (steam ban) when he amazingly turned it around and made that splotch into a beautiful tree or waves. And then saying “GG!” at the end of the episode.
It is fucking charming as hell and polygon has a stick up their collective whiny asses.