Rock, Paper, Shotgun


''Rock Paper Shotgun'' (also rendered ''Rock, Paper, Shotgun'', short ''RPS'') is a UK-based website for reporting on video games, primarily for personal computers. Originally launched on 13 July 2007 as an independent site, ''Rock Paper Shotgun'' was acquired and brought into the
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, a network of sites led by ''
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'' in May 2017. Its
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is Katharine Castle and its deputy editor is Alice Bell.


''Rock Paper Shotgun'' was founded by
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Kieron Gillen
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, Alec Meer, and John Walker in 2007. All four were freelancing for
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, and decided they wanted to create a web site focused entirely on games for personal computers. Gillen announced that he would no longer be involved in posting the day-to-day content of ''Rock Paper Shotgun'' in 2010, focusing more on his work with
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, but would continue to act as a director and occasionally write essay pieces for the site. Rossignol founded his own game studio Big Robot in 2010, but also continued to contributed to the site for six more years. Meer and Walker left in 2019. ''Rock Paper Shotgun'' also has seen contributions from several other writers, including: * Leigh Alexander * Corbin James Horch * Brendan Caldwell * Phill Cameron * Katharine Castle * Richard Cobbett * Alice O'Connor * Matt Cox * Nate Crowley * Lewis Denby * *
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* Tom Francis * Cassandra Khaw * Duncan Harris * Amelia Hansford * Craig Pearson * Porpentine * Lewie Procter * Adam Smith * Graham Smith * Quintin Smith * Tim Stone * Sin Vega * Alice Bell * Ed Thorn * Nadia Oxford * Nic Reuben * Colm Ahren * Rebecca Jones * Lauren Morton * James Archer * Ollie Toms * Imogen Beckhelling * Robert Yang


''Rock Paper Shotgun'' reports on upcoming major releases and independent esoterica, and includes reviews, previews, features and interviews related to PC gaming and the PC gaming industry. Some of the frequent categories of stories posted on ''Rock Paper Shotgun'' include: * Diary: Impressions of a game presented in 'diary' form, often from the perspectives of many writers, and over the course of many parts or updates, such as ''Solium Infernum: The Complete Battle for Hell'', or ''Diary Of A Nobutoki: Sengoku''. These articles are differentiated from reviews as they do not seek to objectively evaluate a game, only to present the experiences of the writers playing. * The Fixer: A column featuring guides on tinkering and fixing games. * The Flare Path: Weekly news and impressions of simulation and war games, written by Tim Stone. nded Nov 2021 when Tim Stone was sacked.* Kickstarter Katchup: A weekly round up of PC game
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projects. * RPS Bargain Bucket: A weekly round up of discounted gaming downloads available from third party gaming websites. * The Sunday Papers: A weekly round up of gaming related news. * Wot I Think: Review of a particular game, including what the reviewer thought of the game based on their first hand experience. * Live Free, Play Hard: A weekly round up of free
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, written by Porpentine. * Hard Choices: A column on PC hardware releases and purchasing recommendations, written by Jeremy Laird. * Cardboard Children: News and reviews of tabletop board games, written by Robert Florence. * Have You Played: A weekday series of gaming retrospectives.


Fox News and ''Bulletstorm''

On 8 February 2011, the game ''
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'' came under scrutiny by
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through two articles by journalist John Brandon, describing the game as the worst game in the world. The game was targeted because of its profanity, crude behaviour (examples of which including the game's skill-shot system, which has a move that rewards players for shooting at an enemy's genitals), and sexual innuendo. Alongside the panel of Fox News anchors was the psychiatrist
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, who remarked: "Video games have increasingly, and more brazenly, connected sex and violence in images, actions and words. This has the psychological impact of doubling the excitement, stimulation, and incitement to copycat acts. The increase in rapes can be attributed, in large part, to the playing out of such scenes in video games." Other claims included that the game could reach audiences as young as nine years old, and that the gore and profanity could seriously traumatise a child of that age group. These claims were largely ridiculed among gaming websites, including ''Rock Paper Shotgun'', who ran a series of articles discrediting the reports by Fox News. The articles analysed Lieberman's claims and found only one of eight sources she provided had anything to do with the subject at hand. Fox News acknowledged that they had been contacted by ''Rock Paper Shotgun'', and responded to their claims on 20 February 2011 through another article, stating that the game still remained a threat to children.

Public domain article

In 2014 a ''Rock Paper Shotgun'' article by John Walker about the existence of Orphaned works, orphaned classic video games and the suggestion to let them enter the public domain after 20 years, raised a controversial public debate about copyright terms and public domain between game industry veterans John Walker, George Broussard, and Steve Gaynor.

Tim Stone sacked

In November 2020 Tim Stone was sacked because he made comments on a topic being discussed (transexuality). Although his comments were reasonable to many people, he was sacked after 13 years of being the site's highly respected wargame writer.


External links

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