The game of rock-paper-scissors (RPS) has been played for centuries, but it has only been in recent years that it has exploded into a global phenomenon. With annual tournaments attracting thousands of players and spectators, RPS has become a sport in its own right, with its own star players and personalities.
One of the most recognizable figures in the world of RPS is Douglas Walker, better known by his nickname, “Roshambollah.” Walker is a four-time US RPS champion and is widely considered one of the best players in the world. He has a reputation for being a fierce competitor and has even authored a book on the subject, titled “The Official Rock Paper Scissors Strategy Guide.”
Another well-known player is Graham Walker, aka “Wombat.” Known for his unorthodox strategies, Wombat has won multiple RPS championships and is known for his quick thinking and ability to read his opponents.
But it’s not just the players who have gained fame in the world of RPS. There are also personalities who have embraced the sport and helped it gain popularity. One of the most notorious is “Sly,” a Scottish referee who gained notoriety for his flamboyant style and infamous red card system.
There are also organizations and events dedicated solely to RPS. The World RPS Society is one such organization, and it hosts the annual RPS World Championships, which attracts players from all over the globe. The tournament features a format in which players compete in groups of four, with the winner of each group advancing to the knockout stages.
The popularity of RPS shows no signs of slowing down. In fact, the sport has even spread beyond Earth. In 2020, astronauts on the International Space Station played a game of RPS using special Space Rocks, which were designed to adhere to a surface in zero gravity.
So next time you find yourself playing a game of rock-paper-scissors with a friend, remember that you’re not just playing a simple children’s game. You’re participating in a sport with a rich history and a global community of players and fans. Who knows, maybe one day you will be the one to take on Roshambollah or Wombat in the world championships. Game on!