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Rock Paper Scissors at the speed of thought is a notion that has occurred to many high-level players as their training bumps into the limits of human biology, but what about those with physical barriers preventing their play at all? Sadly many people with reduced mobility by disease, accident or genetics have never felt the thrill of crushing an opponents Scissors.
The World RPS Applied Sciences Division has come across some research that has allowed at least one paraplegic to actively participate in the world’s most democratic sport.
In a clinical trial, the Caltech team and colleagues from Keck Medicine of USC have successfully implanted just such a device in a patient with quadriplegia, giving him the ability to perform a fluid hand-shaking gesture and even play “rock, paper, scissors” using a separate robotic arm.
While the World RPS Steering Committee has not ruled on whether this new technology will be permitted on the pro tour, they have promised to fast track the matter and have a decision prior to the next world championship.
Wil Fulton has put forward the boldly-titled The Secret to Winning Rock-Paper-Scissors: A Living History of the World’s Oldest Game. It turns out to be an excellent article on the history, culture and strategy of RPS and we hear from some of the greats of the game.
As I would come to discover, there’s a lot more than random luck lurking in the seemingly shallow depths of roshambo. The game we all grew up playing is infinitely more complicated than we could have ever imagined. And I was about to tumble down the rabbit hole head first.
See more at Supercompressor.
It is our sad duty to announce the passing of Wojek Smallsoa, Chairman of the World RPS Society Steering Committee. After a life-long battle with living, Chairman Smallsoa’s mortal Paper was snipped short at the age of 87. No details have been given as to the manner of his passing, nor are details of the funeral yet available. Due to the gravity of the situation, a period of mourning within the Society will be recognized which forces the cancellation of the 2010 World Championships of RPS.
Graham Walker, Director of Management, of the World RPS Society called Wojek’s departure “devastating to our Society and society as a whole – the passing of a titan.” Graham’s brother Douglas,the Managing Director of the Society, made the final decision to cancel the World Championships of RPS saying, “How can the event possibly go on under these circumstances? Chairman Smallsoa was so involved with every detail of the society, that it may take us six months to re-establish operations. We simply cannot expect our staff, referees, nor the players to give their best with the shadow of Wojek’s death hanging over us all.”
Mr. Smallsoa dedicated his life to the World RPS Society, the great sport of Rock Paper Scissors and was often referred to as “the father of modern RPS”. The publishing of his seminal book “The Trio of Hands” in 1960 inspired an entire generation to embrace non-violent conflict resolution. Under his guidance and leadership the World RPS Society has gone from complete obscurity to a powerful sports brand.
A few of Mr. Smallsoa’s notable achievements were:
At this point no date has been set for the 2011 World Championship, nor who will be entitled to Mr. Smallsoa’s coveted parking spot in front of Trinity Square Plaza in Toronto. Details as they are available will be posted here.
The 6th Annual 2010 ‘Australian Rock Paper Scissors Championships’ (ARPSC) winner is ‘Peter Mathews’ aka ‘Fists of Fury’. Second place went to Alex Dalgleish aka Louisville Slugger (ACT), Third place went to Alex Reid aka FA (ACT) with Jay Fowler aka Pink Bitz (NZ) taking fourth place. International referee Martin Burley of New Zealand claims it was one of the greatest tournaments he has had the opportunity to officiate.
‘Fists of Fury’ profile;
Home Town: South Australian lad now residing in Canberra, ACT.
RPS Style: Aggressive
For more information please visit: www.rpsaustralia.com
Congratulations to Baconshark of Team David Bowie’s Package on becoming the 2010 Pabst Blue Ribbon Philadelphia Rock Paper Scissors City League Champion. The final match was a battle of RPS titans featuring Baconshark versus his teammate Zombie Llama (both have competed at the RPS World Championships before) by a count of 3 matches to 2 matches in an All-Package Final. This marks 3 out of 5 years that David Bowie’s Package has taken the top prize.
For more on the Philadelphia City League Championship visit rpscityleague.com
New Zealand has declared a new RPS Champion. Jade Fowler, aka “Pink Bitz”. Ms Bitz took top prize and goes on to compete at the Australian Open June 24th in Canberra. The winner of the Australian Open will represent both countries at the 2010 Rock Paper Scissors World Championship in Toronto this November.
More details available here.
State & Territory rounds have commenced & will be followed by the Australian Open Qualifying Round & Australian Open Grand Final, Thur 24-6-10. ‘Canberra Irish Club’, ACT. Ph (02) 6288 5088. AUST Open Qualifying Round: Open to all. Player (18 years+) registration onsite at venue from 7.00pm onwards. Play begins at 8.00pm. Competition and venue entry is free. Limited entries available – first in best dressed. Top placegetters from qualifying round join State/Territory/NZ champions later that night in the Main Event / AUST Open Grand Final to decide the overall champion for 2010. For more info please visit: www.rpsaustralia.com
NZ Qualifying Round & NZ Grand Final – World’s End Bar & Restaurant’, Tauranga. Ph: (07) 579 4185. Sat 1st of May 2010. NZ Qualifying Round: Open to all. Player (18 years+) registration onsite at venue from 6.00pm onwards. Play begins at 9.00pm. Competition and venue entry is free. Limited entries available – first in best dressed. Top placegetters from NZ qualifying round enter the Main Event / NZ National Grand Final to decide the NZ champion for 2010. For more info please visit web site: www.rpsnewzealand.com
It would seem that technology is finally beginning to offer RPS players a more advanced self-training method than playing in front of the mirror. Steve at Grathio.com has released the full specs and instructions on building a playing glove that learns and adapts to your playing style and hand mannerisms. Although there has not been an official ruling from the World RPS Society on the item (likely because our techies don’t have the chops to build one), there is no doubt this item will likely be on every serious player’s wish list.