I think this may be the start of the onslaught of April Fools jokes, but this one just has to be covered. While there isn’t a confirmation of this story as true, it is just TOO good to be true! Do you guys remember when we posted this boxart? A joke we all thought…until this popped up.
Bob Ross Video Game.
Bob Ross Inc. has announced in March 2006 that they have filed a letter of intent to license to Joseph Hatcher’s AGFRAG Entertainment Group to develop exclusively worldwide video/computer games based on Bob Ross’ creative, unique and easy to learn painting techniques and TV show properties.
The Bob Ross video game, currently untitled, is planned to be developed for PC, the Nintendo DS handheld & on Nintendo’s next-gen system coming later this year, code named Revolution. Release date was not announced. AGFRAG is currently seeking a publisher.
AGFRAG’s Director of Development, Joseph Hatcher, has this to say about the announcement:
“I grew up watching Bob Ross on PBS and was always in awe of how quickly and smoothly he made these beautiful paintings, which helped inspire my creativity. There are generations that know Bob Ross and his painting techniques, and I want to share his talent with future generations in a new medium. “
“The Bob Ross game will utilize the unique inputs that the Nintendo DS and Nintendo Revolution have that can truly immerse the players while they learn to paint like Bob Ross and can play the addictive and fun games that we have planned for the title. I believe that Bob Ross Inc’s and AGFRAG Entertainment Group’s similar beliefs in independence, creativity, and teaching others will benefit how the game is developed and how the players of all ages will be able to enjoy this game. “
“I want the community to share with us their favorite Bob Ross shows, painting techniques, and what they�d like to see in the NDS and Revolution games. We want to keep the brush going.”
The Joy of Painting is seen on nearly 300 public television stations throughout the United States, and is broadcast in Japan, Mexico, The Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Turkey, The Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Austria, Costa Rica, Canada, Colombia, Iran, Greece and others.
This press release popped up on both the developer of the game AGFRAG, and the official Bob Ross website. If this is an April Fool’s joke, it is cruel in a couple ways…cruel because a lot of gamers (myself included) would LOVE to see a painting style game with Bob Ross’s likeness and methods, and cruel in the fact that Bob Ross isn’t with us anymore. Would the official site for Bob Ross actually go out of their way to post a April Fool’s joke like this, or have they actually seen/heard the overwhelmingly positive response to the fake boxart?
Man I really…REALLY hope this isn’t a joke. Thanks to Tom and Klumzee for the info!