The way rock-paper-scissors achieved such visibility is perhaps a testament to how anything, no matter how silly, can earn a fandom. until the 20th century, but it’s one of the oldest games used for making decisions in human existence, even if its history is muddled with legends and exaggerations put forth by Internet historians and Redditors (for example, the reason why the game is sometimes called “Rochambeau” is fiercely debated). Versions of rock-paper-scissors can be found in cultures around the world, but outside of North America it remains most ubiquitous in Asia.
More skilled players use gambits, which are pre-decided sets of three throws that help reduce the chance that you give away your next move.
The Great Eight Gambits, the most common strategies employed, have names like “Bureaucrat” (for three papers used in a row) and “Fistful o’ Dollars” (for rock, paper, paper).
They came up with convoluted rules and regulations, a fabricated history, and cheekily named strategies about how to win.
They dubbed it the World Rock Paper Scissors Society, not realizing their pet project would turn into what Doug calls “a unique viral experiment.”Over the next 10 years, their site exploded.
It is a favorite pastime for so many of us, and we always find time to play it.
Drew Daywalt has written the legend for all of us in the Virginia Readers' Choice book The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors.
(He’s known for his paper-heavy strategy.)Rock-paper-scissors competitors recognize they’re part of a larger joke.
But their devotion to the game is also a way of poking fun at the spectacle of organized sports in general.
but when you delve into it it’s one of the purest forms of competition that two minds can have with each other,” says the professional rock-paper-scissors player Jason Simmons (he goes by the stage name Master Roshambollah).
Simmons, who travels to participate in international RPS tournaments several times a year, started the first American competition in 2001 at Burning Man.