Rock-Paper-Scissors (RPS) is a classic game enjoyed by people of all ages. Whether played for fun or as a strategic game, RPS has been a staple in our lives. However, did you know that the game has evolved over time? It has changed from being a simple three-move game to include five or more moves in different variations. This article will examine the history and evolution of RPS games.
Ro-Sham-Bo, which literally means “rock-paper-scissors” in Japanese, is believed to have originated in China over 2000 years ago. This game was introduced to Japan in the 17th century, where it became popular among Samurai warriors. It was initially a game of chance but evolved into a strategic game that allowed players to predict their opponent’s move based on their previous moves.
In the 20th century, Rock-Paper-Scissors became popular in the Western world. It was played mainly as a children’s game but evolved into a popular competitive game in the 1970s. The World Rock-Paper-Scissors Society (WRPSA) was formed in 2002, which aimed to promote the game and standardize its rules.
However, RPS enthusiasts wanted to spice the game up with new moves. In 2005, Sam Kass and Karen Bryla introduced the variation called Rock-Paper-Scissors-Lizard-Spock, mainly inspired by the popular sitcom, The Big Bang Theory. The game adds two more moves: Lizard and Spock, making it a five-move game. The new additions added more complexity to the game and challenged players to think more strategically.
In the Rock-Paper-Scissors-Lizard-Spock game, Spock smashes Scissors and vaporizes Rock, Paper covers Rock and disproves Spock, Rock crushes Lizard and scissors decapitate Lizard, Lizard poisons Spock and eats Paper, and Spock smashes Scissors and vaporizes Rock.
Another variation of RPS is called “Rock-Paper-Scissors-Water-Bomb,” which originated in Taiwan. This game adds a “Water Bomb” move that beats everything except for “Rock.”
Other variations of RPS include “Rock-Paper-Scissors-Dynamite,” “Rock-Paper-Scissors-Fire-Water,” “Rock-Paper-Scissors-Grenade,” among others.
In conclusion, RPS has come a long way since its early days as a three-move game. The evolution of the game has made it more challenging and exciting to play, with new moves adding another layer of complexity to the game. Despite the variations, the simplicity of the game’s core remains and continues to be enjoyed by all ages.