The next session of Playtest will be on November 8 at 3 PM. We are delighted to have Tanya D. Zuk host a session on the Bob Ross board game in “The Art of Chill.”
Despite being off the air for more than 20 years, Bob Ross’s The Joy of Painting, which aired on PBS from ’83 to ’94 has a cult following of devout fans. Interest in Bob Ross was reinvigorated in 2012 when PBS Digital Studios created a remix video: Happy Little Clouds. Ross’s distinctive and soothing voice, and zen-like statements have made him a popular choice for unwinding. So what does Bob Ross have to do with games? Last month the Bob Ross game, The Art of Chill was released. This competitive game has four players “compete” to reach “maximum chill” by completing “painting elements” like happy little trees and almighty mountains. Embedded in the game mechanics are Ross’s iconic paintings and phrases. Is this a party game, a game to distress by, a marketing ploy, or all three? We’ll decide at the next Playtest, where we will listen to some Bob Ross, “paint,” and play to distress before the holidays.
This session and our other sessions this semester will be held in room #211 in 25 Park Place at GSU. We’ll have stations for hands-on experience with these games as well as cookies for the discussion.
For those who may not be familiar with Playtest, we are a weekly hour-long platform hosted by the Creative Media Industries Institute at Georgia State University for explaining in short talks the small parts of things we love about games and also giving people the ability to experience them by playing the games in a comfortable and critical setting. These sessions are open, so feel free to attend, bring your friends, and share with others in you department!
We hope to see you at the next session of Playtest!
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