I am sick of people regurgitating the propaganda of the World RPS society in order to come across as intelligent.
If you are referring to the so called "great 8 gambits" you have much to learn, the very conception of these gambits was clearly a gambit in itself aimed at gaining mind-share and limiting the throws of anyone inexperineced or gullible enough to buy into them.
A refreshing perspective, Triple T. I have long maintained a similar point of view. The creation of the "Great Eight Gambits" (originally my phrase) served not only the marketing needs of the WRPSS, but also the metagame needs of advanced players. To wit, before the creation of the "Avalanche," three rocks in a row were just three rocks in a row. With the terminology "Avalanche" firmly entrenched in the minds of even the sport's most casual observers, the whole playing field has changed. Attend any Players' Reception at any tournament, and throw two rocks in a row. Immediately, the other player is aware that you are threatening to complete the Avalanche, and they will respond accordingly (unless they are scripting or using another non-reactive strategy.) You have successfully reduced their options from three (rock, paper or scissors) to two (Avalanche or non-Avalanche.) Beating such a player is simplicity itself.
By the way, thank you, Triple T, for introducing to me the concept of mind-share.
I will be including mind-share in my upcoming fall RPS seminars, and were the term not already in the logosphere, I would surely pay you a royalty.
For example, if you quadrupled the size of a chess board and quadrupled the number of different pieces, and proposed the new game idea to the International Chess Society (which I don't think exists), I can tell you that the society would reject it completely. You can't completely change a game that is loved by lots of people and expect people to like it.
Bobby Fischer, one of the great all-time chess masters (and one of the most troubled) introduced a variation of chess called Fischer Random Chess
in the late 90's. His goal was to "create a chess variant in which chess creativity and talent would be more important than memorization and analysis of opening moves." Of course, Fischer would say that; he was one of the great tactical players and could easily prosper in such an environment. Needless to say, the game has few adherents, and has never been officially recognized by FIDE, the World Chess Federation (which, believe it or not, is a real organization!)
Using 22 extra throws allows for a lot of redundancies that aren't necessary for me to enjoy the game.
Hear, hear, Cohrs. Built-in redundancy is a fine thing when it comes to safety mechanisms in airplanes or corporate organization charts. I don't need it in my favorite pastime.
There are a few noticeable exceptions to this such as custardchuk and Master Roshambollah who are capable of seeing things from a much broader perspective.
Tim, I was really enjoying your arguments until you started kissing ass.