Speaking Of Which: RPS Has A Facebook Page Now

By Graham Smith on March 26th, 2014 at 8:30 pm.

Witness these acts, cow, and know your fate.

When RPS heard the news that Facebook had bought Oculus, makers of virtual reality headsets, we had much the same reaction as everyone else. “What is Facebook? Who are they? What do they do?” After brief investigation, it seems it’s a confusing website in which humans observe one another without the need for physical exposure to the putrid strench of their wraith-like husks.

As PC gaming’s oldest and most suppurating website, we’d like to get in on that. Which means the Rock, Paper, Shotgun Facebook page is now a regularly updated source of links to our news and articles. You can follow it, if you like.

You can of course still find our flurries of activity via Twitter. That won’t change. Or you can ignore all this stuff entirely and exist a little bit longer within the comforting embrace of the past.

I don’t really know what you were expecting to find by clicking through to the full post, but as a reward, here’s a full version of the header image:

Learn from the mistakes of those who came before you, cow.

Via the delightful Old Book Illustrations.

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  1. lewismistreated says:

    I for one can’t wait to follow the RPS Instagram feed.

    • BobbyDylan says:

      Instagram, 4Chan, Facebook, Twitter……… The world is leaving me behind, I’m afraid.

  2. LionsPhil says:

    So when are you getting LiveJournals?

    • sinister agent says:

      Hey, don’t knock livejournal. Livejournal had original content and was only full of twats if you chose for it to be. It was basically the long-winded twitter. I made some good friends off livejournal. Okay, one of them turned out to be a bona fide psychopath who dragged me out of my bed in the middle of the night and started humping my leg, then started screwing our other, married housemate, then followed me round the internet for 18 months when I told them both to get tae fuck, but that could have happened anywhere.

      • Baines says:

        LiveJournal was a great way to blog without setting up your own zero-traffic dedicated blog site. And a decent way to find friends of online friends with similar interests. I used to write video game and movie related stuff on my LiveJournal page.

        Things like Facebook and Twitter killed it, but I can’t think of anything else that is quite the same.

        • Gargenville says:

          Tumblr is actually really good at getting your writing in front of the people who care but lacks a good way to then have a discussion with them. All you can do is reblog the piece back and forth spamming up everyone’s dashboard.

      • Niko says:

        It’s full of Russians now.

        • sinister agent says:

          Even better: icq is still going. Was somewhat popular in and East of the Czech Republic, last I heard.

          • Noburu says:

            Fucking ICQ. Im in the USA and thats ALL anyone used when i was in late elementary/early high school. No one used AIM or MSIM until I was in college. I cant believe its still around. A quick google shows its all Russians.

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            JamesTheNumberless says:

            I hadn’t seen or heard of anyone using it since about 2002 and then just over a a year ago I started working for an Austrian company in Vienna where ICQ is in-house choice for communication, because they can run their own server, and consider it less risky than communicating over Skype. We’re further east than the majority of the Czech Republic so maybe your theory holds, however all the Czechs I know do their messaging on Skype and whatsapp.

          • AshRolls says:

            6 digit ICQ number here. So pr0. *cough*. /me feels embarrassed and slinks away.

      • billyphuz says:

        I got married to someone I met on Livejournal. n.b. I am no longer married to said person.

    • tobecooper says:

      And MySpace? I hope RPS is on MySpace.

  3. Monkey says:

    Salt to our fresh wound

  4. sinister agent says:

    It’s all over.

  5. apa says:

    BOOKFACE

  6. Greggh says:

    I pranced when RPS started updating in my “Games” list, on facebook…

    I then realized I now receive THREE TIMES the same news that tells me John dislikes mankind and Nathan has godly curly hair.

    … And I’m ok with this!

  7. CutieKnucklePie says:

    RPS is in thefacebook!

  8. Tuor says:

    Warbook.

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    quietone says:

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    DrScuttles says:

    You’re talking, of course, about this face book aren’t you? Ha, and they all said I was losing my touch with today’s youngsters with their skateboards and their Sony Discmans.

  11. mbp says:

    You just want to get a slice of that Oculus Rift money. How long before RPS sells to Zuckerberg for $50B.

  12. BTAxis says:

    Sir, you are being followed.

  13. FurryLippedSquid says:

    I do not like.

  14. sabasNL says:

    Be sure to make your articles in 3D so we can watch your Facebook feed with an Oculus in the future

  15. Gotem says:

    Rock Phasebook Shotgun ?

  16. Winged Nazgul says:

    Coincidence?

    I think not!

  17. ghoststalker194 says:

    Does our target demographic really still go to Facebook? I thought it was all people in their 50’s posting pictures of their cats.
    Hey, fine with me, as long as I don’t have to log in via Facebook to comment on here, all’s good.

    • DodgyG33za says:

      And as long as you don’t have those Facebook tracking icons plastered all over your pages. Not that I care as I block Facebook in my hosts file.

      You know that evil corporation trope in Hollywood films and games like Deus Ex? That’s Facebook that is. I mean, even the name is creepy. We have a book full of faces. One of them is yours.

  18. Niko says:

    I thought it was called MugScroll in Britain.

  19. mouton says:

    The facebook RPS page is basically an RSS feed for people who can’t RSS. Since I can, I can like it and turn of notifications.

  20. Enkinan says:

    Stop encouraging the Zucker.

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    Gap Gen says:

    Honestly when I kickstartered RPS I didn’t expect them to sell out to Facebook. I’m not that upset because I loved the Dev Kit Kieron Gillen they sent me (although it was a bit indistinct and made me feel nauseous), but it’s a shame that what was once a champion of Politically Correct gaming is now going to harvest our comments for advertising. I’m going to wait and buy a PCGamesN now, I think

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      DrScuttles says:

      Looking with my judging Facebook advertising eyes, all I see is

      Gap Gen on RPS: “Honestly.. I.. loved.. Kieron Gillen. [RPS]’s.. a champion of gaming.”

    • TWChristine says:

      I kind of agree. The best part is the Gap Gen/CookPassBabtridge DLC I got. Haven’t used the horse armor yet though.

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        Gap Gen says:

        Yeah, £5 for a commenter is a total rip-off. I mean, terrible puns and rambling flash fiction are fine, but the Lord Custard/LionsPhil pack is better value, and with the MRA bundle you get hundreds of poorly considered opinions.

  22. aliksy says:

    This is an appropriate time for the NO rageface.

  23. Synesthesia says:

    i am really hating you guys now.

  24. altum videtur says:

    Et in Arcadia, Facebook.

  25. Josh W says:

    Today has intensified my opinions of facebook; I hate the website, but I like the people on it.

  26. whexican says:

    Whats the RPS handle at youporn.com?

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    particlese says:

    I loved the articles, I loved the comments, I loved the Outbrain-ads-cum-boobwindows. Alas, I don’t think I shall ever find another simultaneous source of PC Gaming goodness and British Humour.

    ; _ ;

  28. phenom_x8 says:

    It’s funny, in my country we have daily comedic show (not stand up, more slapsticks comedy) called pesbukers (slang term for Facebooker). They just doing silly things in the show, random theme/story based on Facebook status , sometimes with phone quiz .

    Its totally funny for a few early episodes (they just aired 3 times in the weekend pre recorded) due to the freshness of the concepts they brought. But, shortly after their increased popularity showed by their rating, its become aired five times in a week, after that, they aired everyday (5 days live, and 2 days pre recorded). And it’s become totally sucks till now due to the recycled slapstick that isn’t funny anymore.

    Damn, wish that would never happened with OR.

    Sorry for the TV rant, btw

    • TWChristine says:

      I think that’s what caused me to no longer care for The Big Bang Theory. I thought it was great when it came out, and then they started to show a re-run during the week. Ok, no problem. Then it was more re-runs. Then it was all day affairs, to the point where eventhough I wasn’t watching the re-runs I was getting tired of just hearing about it.

  29. Noburu says:

    Feel good about yourself I liked you on my fake (and only) FB account that I only use for offers/give aways.

  30. Vodka, Crisps, Plutonium says:

    Let’s face it!

    • Vodka, Crisps, Plutonium says:

      People need to measure likes of RPS page with puns, folks – keep it in your book.

  31. FFabian says:

    Et tu, Brute?

  32. frightlever says:

    Ironic given the recent minor furore on RPS over King’s trademark application for common words, yet Facebook is determined to own the word “book” and has gone after a number of small companies that have the word in their business name. I suppose there’s more to lose ignoring Facebook than by boycotting a primarily mobile game company. I expect they all play Candy Crush Saga anyway.

  33. bill says:

    So, what is the actual benefit of this for me?
    How is this better / different from getting RPS on RSS or visiting the site?

    After 5 years of having a facebook account, I still don’t understand what it is for. Is it basically RSS for people who don’t understand RSS?

    • SanguineAngel says:

      Facebook baffles me entirely

    • Press X to Gary Busey says:

      It’s RSS for your aunt who doesn’t understand RSS but wants to you to have a RSS feed with to-the-second updates about her cats.

  34. utharda says:

    In response to the news about the RPS facebook page, I’d just like everyone to know, that effective immediatley I’ve cancelled the occulus rift version of this post.

  35. LunyAlex says:

    How COULD you?

    How much did they pay you?
    I bet it wasn’t 2 Billion.

    Oh My God how could this happen?!
    Sellouts! Shills!

    Rock Paper Shotgun?
    More like Face… Pebble Paperclip Booklet … BB Gun… something.

  36. Jams O'Donnell says:

    Will it be used for anything other than being basically a news feed for posts?

  37. gulag says:

    This is beside the point, but I am so driven to distraction that I must finally ask: Does anyone else get weird (sometimes overlapping) audio ads from RPS if they leave it open in their browser? They are driving me to distraction (Oh wait, I already said that).

    • jalf says:

      No, I have Flashblock installed.

      I try to avoid using actual ad blockers (because it seems fair that the sites I visit earn some money from showing me ads), but Flash-based ads can just fuck right off.

      I highly recommend it. Flash, whether as ads or embedded video or anything else, should be opt-in, not something that just runs by default.

  38. jalf says:

    You really nailed the logo/profile pic/whatever it’s called.

    OCK, PAP
    HOTGU
    AMING SINCE 18

  39. 12inchPlasticToy says:

    ♪♫ Gargantua dans son berceauuu bandait déjà comme un taureauuu ♪♫

    On topic: WELCOME TO… THE MACHINE!

  40. bstard says:

    Tbh I just came here for the advertisements, so I wont be missing out if the’re stuff going on on the twatter.

  41. Zekiel says:

    There are already at 4,631 likes! And I thought there were only about 20 people who visited RPS!

    Now I don’t feel special any more.

    :-(

  42. rexx.sabotage says:

    It’s April already? Aw frig! I must have stroked-out my brain box something super serious this time…