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  ‘Rock Paper Scissors’ Endangered:  Act Now to Avoid Disappointment!  
Posted 2007-01-12 by Tony Walsh
Is folk-game Rock Paper Scissors (a.k.a Janken) in jeopardy of being co-opted? The self-identified World Rock Paper Scissors Society claimed today to be the game's "international governing body," announcing it has launched a service aimed at providing "professionally-managed" games for corporate clients. Previous patrons have included TD Waterhouse and the Word of Mouth Marketing Association.

Dear readers, I urge you to defy the World RPS Society by holding local, unsanctioned Roshambo tournaments exclusively for people free of corporate shackles. Rise up, citizens of Earth, and take back that which has been stolen! Rock Paper Scissors recognizes no master! Rise up with your fist, your open hand, your index and middle fingers! Shout it with me: Jan! Ken! PON!
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Comment posted by worldrps
January 12, 2007 @ 3:00 pm
Thanks for picking up on the story. We at the World RPS Society have a long history of supporting both professional level (we created the first pro matches) and amateur level RPS Tournaments. We routinely endorse and help to promote grassroots RPS tournaments and in no way are trying to take away the peoples game.

In fact, what we are looking to do is use the money we get from the corporate gigs so that we can fund more grassroots tournaments for the people around the world.

RPS is owned my no organization or no man. If you are looking for a threat to the game of RPS, you can definitely find it at the US RPS League.
Comment posted by n0wak
January 12, 2007 @ 8:37 pm
Your rebellious anti-RPS behaviour can ONLY be attributed to your lack of understanding as to how much the WRPS Society has grown the sport, both here and abroad. You're acting like one of those hipster indie kids that gets pissed off when normals start listening to the music that they once thought to be cool.

Bringing more people, even corporate people, into the RPS fold is a great thing for the sport. It'll strip away the glamour associated with competitive RPS and leave nothing but the purity of rock, paper and scissors.
Comment posted by Tony Walsh
January 13, 2007 @ 10:16 am
In truth, I think holding RPS tournies for corporate monkeys is a fantastic idea. It's a perfect example of "productive play," a topic I've been accumulating research on and presenting to various groups. I believe it's important to show cubicle-zombies and their masters that gaming is not a waste of time. My hope is that the workplace will become more playful in the future. Same or better productivity, but with more fun.
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