Rock, Paper, Scissors

scissorsOr, RPS to the acolytes. And there are many, apparently. Thought this was a simple game from childhood for decision making (who bats first, who runs the errand), huh? Well, it is. But like anything else, things that are inherently simple, can easily be complicated into something less so.

The RPS Society (you should have guessed there was one) lists the ‘rules’ that you thought so simple. They run to almost 1800 words.  A lot more is you count the graphic instructions of how to play the game. A video as well, if you still don’t get it…Yeah, really.

Here’s an example of how seriously these folks take this game. Or do they? Is it all tongue in cheek? Have I lost my sense of irony?:

Internationally Recognized Scissors:

Is delivered in the same manner as rock with the exception that the index and middle fingers are fully extended toward the opposing player. It is considered good form to angle the topmost finger upwards and the lower finger downwards in order to create a roughly 30–45 degree angle between the two digits and thus mimic a pair of scissors. Note: The use of Horizontal Scissors is strictly forbidden in Tournament play due to its close resemblance to ‘paper’ if is thrown without care

Opening with a pair of scissors assumes that you are playing against an opponent who has tight control over their aggressive tendencies and therefore may not open with a scissor-smashing rock. One of the main pitfalls of opening with scissors is the tendency by many to reveal the throw too early, allowing an experienced opponent to easily counter.

You be the judge. And remember. Watch those horizontal scissors, ok?


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