Rock Paper Scissors – it’s a game most of us played as kids to pass the time. But did you know that some people take it very seriously? There are actual competitions with regional, national, and even international championships. And just like in any other sport, there are winners, losers, and the thrill of victory.
So, what exactly does it take to excel in the world of rock paper scissors? Sure, anyone can play the game, but it takes much more than that to become a champion. The game has evolved into something much more strategic, with players using various tactics to outsmart their opponents.
One of the first things to understand is that the game is not just random. People tend to show patterns in their play, meaning if you pay close attention to your opponent, you can start to predict what they will throw out next. Here is where the first strategy comes in: players try to throw off their opponents’ pattern by changing their own. For instance, if a player has been throwing out paper repeatedly, they might switch it up and throw rock instead.
Another tactic is to try to intimidate your opponent. This can be achieved through bluffing – pretending to throw one hand gesture while actually throwing another. Players may also try to get into their opponents’ heads by trash-talking or using other mind games.
There are also more technical strategies, such as analyzing your opponent’s body language to see if they’re giving off any clues as to what they will throw out next. Some players even train their muscle memory to make sure they can throw their chosen hand gesture as quickly as possible.
But despite all the strategy, there is still an element of luck involved in the game. Even the most skilled players can be defeated by a lucky move from their opponent.
So, who are the top players in the world of rock paper scissors? The World Rock Paper Scissors Society (yes, that’s a real thing) has crowned champions from all over the world. In 2018, the World Rock Paper Scissors Championship was held in Toronto, Canada, with competitors from as far away as Japan and Australia.
The final match came down to two Canadian players, with Andrea Ullstrom ultimately taking home the crown and the grand prize of $7,000. To put that into perspective, that’s more than the prize money of some professional poker tournaments.
But for every winner, there must be a loser. And as with any competition, losing can be tough to handle. Some players take it in stride, knowing that luck plays a role in the game. Others may be more upset, especially if they were a favorite to win.
Despite the ups and downs, there is a certain thrill in competing at the highest level of rock paper scissors. It’s a game that’s been around for centuries, and it’s not going away anytime soon. Who knows – you could be the next world champion. Just remember to keep your opponents guessing and always be ready for a lucky move.