Well, I guess I should make some sort of response to this whole "World Champion" issue. There are a few ways I could go about it.
First, I could focus on the whole nature of the RPS "media game" as often used by players. There's not a player alive who wouldn't run with the chance of using the media to affect his or her potential opponents. How many times have "famous" RPS players ventured into a new city, alerted the media to their presence, and used those same interviews to spread disinformation about their abilities, strategies and histories? Although this tactic is usually reserved for active players, it is often used by players considering emerging from retirement. Also, sometimes the media just makes a mistake. This has happened to me before; in 2005, a New York publication actually announced that I had won the 2005 Atlantic Yards Smackdown tournament. As upset as I was about this (I am retired,) the tournament's real
winner was even more upset! Wise players can take advantage of a media slip when it happens. 2004 IWC quarterfinalist Awesomer Thanu, (a former student of mine,) was referred to as Master
Awesomer Thanu by the Washington Post, despite the fact that neither he nor anyone else had ever claimed that he was a Master level player. He ran with it, and now there's not a single player I know who doesn't consider him a Master.
Second, I could focus on the very nature of the title "World Champion" and how meaningless it is without reference to a sanctioning body. In the world of professional boxing, there are scores of different major sanctioning bodies; presumably, each has their own "world champion." In the world of RPS, surely no sanctioning body has done more than the WRPSS to market their product as the world standard. However, even the title "World Champion" is meaningless when applied to the WRPSS; the name of the tournament has always been the "International World Championship," thus making their champion, technically, the "International World Champion." Splitting hairs, I know, but there is a world of difference between making a claim of being a "WRPSS International World Champion" and simply a "World Champion" of RPS. As a matter of fact, I have seen t-shirts available at major clothing chains with "Rock Paper Scissors World Champion" written in bold letters on the front. Will Think Three now doggedly pursue each and every person who wears such a shirt, as well as the manufacturers and distributors of said items?
As satisfying as either of the two above lines of discourse could be, I have instead chosen to answer Think Three's allegations with one simple sentence:
I never claimed to have won a World Champion title in Rock Paper Scissors.
Sorry, guys. I'm just as baffled as you as to why RawVegas presented me as a former World Champion. Maybe their fact checkers were asleep. Or, more likely, they chose the title themselves in order to "sell" the story.
Still, I do not necessarily feel that the RawVegas clip makes me a "victim of media misappropriation" as Think Three mentions, or a "victim of media abuse" as Jef Hallestone bluntly states. Having the media claim that one is a world champion hardly qualifies as abuse. It's like a newspaper article claiming that custardchuk has won a beauty contest, or that Jef Hallestone is a competent lover. It suits me better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick, you might say.
Don't get me wrong; I appreciate that Think Three would come to my aid in a matter like this. Media abuse is certainly no laughing matter, especially for a retired RPS player like myself (even though I'm not a former World Champion.) As a matter of fact, I am currently experiencing a protacted case of media abuse at the hands of a documentary that insists on showing footage of my private residence, despite the fact that I consider this an invasion of my privacy, and have asked them many times to remove said footage. As unbelievable as this may seem, I haven't even signed over my rights regarding the footage to the production company in question!
Once again, my thanks go to Think Three for their support and protection throughout the years. I look foward to their continued support and protection in the future, especially regarding coverage of matters pertaining to media abuse.
ps - I was glad to see that the RawVegas clip featured Antoine "Shears" Maanum, a player I have previously mentioned in this very forum
. I guarantee you that the world of Professional RPS hasn't seen the last of Shears.