From Ancient China to Modern Day Pop Culture: A Timeline of RPS
Rock-paper-scissors (RPS) is a hand game played between two people, in which each player simultaneously forms one of three shapes with an outstretched hand. The most common shapes are rock, paper, and scissors. The game has a rich history that traces back to ancient China before eventually landing in pop culture as a fun pastime.
Here’s a timeline of the evolution of RPS:
Approximately 3,500 years ago in China: The game is believed to have originated in ancient China, where it was known as shoushiling. It was used as a way of settling disputes and was played using gestures representing a chicken, a grain of rice, and a fox.
17th century Japan: The game was brought to Japan by Chinese immigrants and became known as janken. Unlike its Chinese counterpart, janken had only three gestures: rock, paper, and scissors.
19th century Europe: The game was adopted by Europeans and became a popular game among children.
1936: The first RPS tournament was held in Toronto, Canada.
1968: The World RPS Society was founded, and the first world championship took place in the same year.
1982: The game was featured in a Japanese manga called JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, which popularized the game and spread it throughout Japan.
1996: The game was introduced to the United States en masse, thanks to an advertising campaign by the toy company Hasbro.
2000: The world championship was held in London, and competitors from eight countries took part.
2006: The first US National RPS Championship took place in Las Vegas.
2021: The game continues to enjoy widespread popularity around the world, with over 25 million people participating in a rock-paper-scissors online championship.
Today, RPS has become not only a popular game but also a cultural phenomenon. It is a staple of pop culture, featured in movies, TV shows, and video games. It has also been used as a way to settle disputes in courts of law, government agencies, and even the Olympics.
In conclusion, rock-paper-scissors has come a long way from its humble origins in ancient China. Over the centuries, it has evolved into an internationally recognized game and has become deeply rooted in pop culture. As long as there are people, there will be rock-paper-scissors, providing a fun and exciting way to settle disputes and pass the time.