Rock, Paper, Birthday: We Are One

We’re twelve months old. Of course you’ll find some “July 2007” in the archives, but that was us just messing about. Our official, royal birthday is the 20th of August. That means the Rock, Paper, Shotgun project is a year old today.

The reason it has lived this long is because we have readers. We seem to have readers because we have words. We’ve compiled the exhaustive list of the best words from Year One beyond the jump. But before you go there, we want to ask for our birthday present. We want you to read that list and find a link that you can send to a gaming chum who does not read RPS. Share the links, spread the words of RPS, and all shall be merry. Thanks, you. Here’s to another year.

There’s bound to be loads we’ve missed (You try reading through a year of daily blogging!) But this should get you started.

INTERVIEWS: We like talking to developers.
Eve Online’s Reynir Harðarson.
Popcap talk Peggle.
Vic Davis, Armageddon Empires designer.
Vince D Weller. He’s indie, and angry!
Warren Spector.
Al Lowe. Yes, the original Leisure Suit Larry guy.
Valve’s Chet Faliszek.
Positech’s Cliff Harris.
CD Projekt on The Witcher.
CCPs Torfi Olafsson on the future of Eve Online.
Massive on World In Conflict and Ground Control.
Hermann Netdevil on Jumpgate and Auto Assault.
Jeffrey Steefel, exec prod on LOTRO.
Stardock’s Brad Wardell.
Rob Humble on The Sims 3.
Memories of Lucasarts and a vision of the future of adventure games with Mike Stemmle.
Eskil Steenberg. The cleverest game designer in Stockholm.
Mr Sims: Rob Humble Interview.
Stalin vs Martians Interview.
Depths Of Peril: Steven Peeler interview.
Paul Barnett on Games Journalism.
Paul Barnett on GDC.
Liquid Entertainment’s Charley Price on Rise Of The Argonauts.
Celso Riva interview.
Thomas Simon on HAWX.
Jack Emmert talks Champions Online
Penumbra-dude Tom Jubert talks Penumbra and stuff
Ragnar Tørnquist On… Storytelling. Sexy Ragnar.
Some bloke from Gearbox on Borderlands.
Raph “Theory Of Fun” Koster talks MMOs and Metaplace.
Ron “Monkey Island 2” Gilbert talks Deathspank.
Soren “Civ4” Johnson talks about PC gaming.
Eric Wolpaw on writing for Valve, and writing Portal
.David Speyrer on making Half-Life 2: Episode Two.
Kim Swift and Jeep Barrett on making Portal.
Ken Levine on the Making of Bioshock.
The Splash Damage story: Paul Wedgwood on how they got to make Quake Wars: Enemy Territory.
Robin Walker and Charlie Brown on Team Fortress 2. Part 1. Part 2.
Professor Henry Jenkins on games and academia.
Nathan ‘Oveur’ Richardsson on Eve Online.
Adam ‘Cargo Cult’ Foster on Half-Life 2 super-mod MINERVA: Metastasis.
Chris Kramer on Men Of War.

MAKING OF: Interviews with Developers on the origins of classic games
Collect them all by clicking the Making Of tag.
Hostile Waters
Freedom Force
Harvey Smith
Rise of Nations
Laser Squad Nemesis
Arx Fatalis
City Of Heroes
The Longest Journey
Settlers II
Operation: Flashpoint
Cannon Fodder 2
Thief: Deadly Shadows
A Tale In The Desert
Dungeon Siege
Shogun Total War

RETROSPECTIVES: Recollections of games past. Some good, some great, some not so great.
Simcity 2000.
Sid Meier’s Colonisation.
Space Hulk.
Hitman: Blood Money.
Kingpin: Life Of Crime.
The Chronicles Of Riddick.
The Bard’s Tale.
Tron 2.0.
Alien Versus Predator.
Cannon Fodder.
Dungeon Keeper.
Kohan II.
Planescape: Torment.
Republic Commando.
The Longest Journey.
Writing to Reach you: Two months with Travian.
Vampire – The Masquerade: Bloodlines.
Quinns does Alien Swarm.
Stalker. Jim pontificates.

GENERAL MESSING AROUND: Funny stuff, reports from events, etc.
Tim flies across the Atlantic in real-time in MS Flight Simulator.
John Walker: Coward.
GDC 2008. Special blathering.
Kieron goes to gamecamp.
Exploring exploring games. Jim gets lost in his own words.
Limbo Of The Lost aka GOTY.
NSFW: Sporn.
Gillen does Hide & Seek festival in London.
Alec does Blizzard World Wide Invitational.
RPS Verdict: Spore Creature Creator.
Tokyo PC: Quinns reports from the depths of Japanese PC gaming.
Rebel Without A Pause Key: Kieron’s adventures with Liberal Crime Squad.
The Worst Ninja Series: Alec tries to play Ultima Online with only the in-game instructions. Madness.
Quest For Glory: John Walker dresses up as a wizard, stands in Bath city centre and tries to give people quests.
RPS Countdown: Perchance to Dream: A top 11 of recent dreams the RPS peeps have had. Psychologists, notepads ready.
Project FreezerCube: Walker decorates his fridge as a Weighted Companion Cube. Yes. Yes, he does.

CRITICAL ESSAYS: Yeah, just as poncy as they sound.
Co-op gaming: The Joy.
ErotiSim: Sex and The Sims.
No Jokes Aren’t Funny Anymore – The Orange Box moving comedy to the core of PC gaming.
World of Evecraft

ULTROMEGAFEATURES: This was Kieron’s name for them. What he means is that they’re giant, multipart features that are full of mega.
Pathologic: the ultimate retrospective. Part 1. Part 2. Part 3.
Champions Online: Interviews, Critical Analysis, loads of it.
The Go Team! Team Fortress 2, class by class.
The RPS 2007 Game-O-Calendar: Looking back at the best games of 2007.
Games For 2008: The year preview in full.


  1. Naurgul says:

    Yay! Happy anniversary, people! :)

  2. The Poisoned Sponge says:

    Happy birthday RPS! Maybe now you can learn how to use the toilet once you can walk properly…

  3. Nny says:

    Happy birthday guys!

  4. phuzz says:

    Happy Birthday guys! Just think, in 17 years you’ll be able to have a drink to celebrate :)

  5. voidStern says:



    Happy Birthday!

  6. Jochen Scheisse says:

    …but as soon as you start to walk, these pesky old people will come and tell you not to put this and that into your mouth. May that not happen to you for a long time.

  7. Joe says:

    Congrats, etc!

  8. Mike says:

    Well done, everyone. It’s been good times.

  9. Neuromante says:

    Wow! Happy Birthdate!

  10. Rustkill says:

    Grats guys. Looking forward to reading the site every day for the next year so I can grats you on 2 years.

    I’ll try to get you some new readers too ;)

  11. Seniath says:

    Oddly enough, it is also my best friends birthday today. I smell a conspiracy.

    Anyway, may your writings long continue. Perhaps a community game of TF2 is in order to celebrate *ahem*.

  12. Fede says:

    Links sent ;)

  13. Acosta says:

    Happy birthday! Wish you 100 years more of success and excellent writing.

  14. davidalpha says:

    I came for the name but stayed for the words. Congrats chaps.

  15. MrMistofales says:

    Happy Birthday guys! Thanks for all the wonderful, wonderful words.

  16. pauleyc says:

    Happy birthday! Keep up the great work and that PC flag flying high!

  17. Kalain says:

    Happy Birthday Guys. 1 year of excellent, PC gaming goodness..

  18. ImperialCreed says:

    Congratulations RPS. Here’s to another year… and then another, and another….

  19. Voidman says:

    You’re a shining beacon in the sea of mediocrity. I salut thee.

  20. Mike says:

    I’ve been reading this site almost every day for 9 months. Cheers for the informative entertainment!

  21. Feet says:

    RPS is good and I like it. I can give no greater plaudit.

    Posts I can remember thoroughly enjoying reading are Alecs Colonization thingy, Quinns Pathologic three parter and Gillen playing through that game that had a time machine and Warren Spector. Erm. Jim did quite a few high quality posts like the exploration one, the Evecraft one, anything he wrote about Stalker, and Walker pimped so many good free web games. Probably other stuff too.

    Though I notice you’ve not done any RPS verdicts for quite a while. Tsk.

  22. Björn says:

    Happy birthday, guys :)

  23. Crash says:

    But there’s no sense crying
    over every mistake.
    You just keep on trying
    ’till you run out of cake.

    I wish you at least thousand years more. Assuming we won’t all be just digital beings in cyberspace in thousand years from now.

  24. Gap Gen says:


  25. mcwizardry says:

    Happy Birthday !

  26. Ian says:

    Happy birthday. :)

    I recommend anybody to go back and read The Worst Ninja,

  27. James says:

    Hooray! Congrats on a fantastic year, guys. Best games journalism around, the way I see it.

  28. Óli says:

    Con grats guys!

    Keep up the great stuff!!!

  29. Naseer says:

    Happy birthday. In just one year you’ve become essential reading.

  30. Sartoris says:

    Happy birthday, guys!

  31. Albides says:

    Rocket, Pistol, Shotgun! is the best!

    Cheers to the only games website I read! Congrats!

  32. Picacodigos says:

    Let this be my first comment on the site: GRATZ!!

  33. Dan says:

    Are you kidding? I thought the site was much older! HAPPY BIRTHDAY :D

  34. fishmitten says:

    Happy Birthday!
    I’ve only been reading for a couple of months, but you are already on my daily roster of sites to constantly refresh.

  35. tom says:


  36. beeber says:

    You taught me it was ok to spend more time with a Swedish unicorn than with my wife.

    Many happy returns – love the blog.

  37. kenok says:

    Happy birthday RPS! Glad to have a PC focus gaming blog/news site around. Keep on rockin!

  38. Alec Meer says:

    Beeber wins.

  39. Babs says:

    Happy BDay! I’m glad you haven’t decided it’s an unrewarding waste of time :) I’ve read more or less everything written in the last year, all of it excellent and lots of it laugh-out-load funny.

  40. Sum0 says:

    Only a year? You lucky little blog. That’s ages in blog years, or something.

  41. Konky Dong VII: No Rest for the Witcher says:

    Merry Christmas RPS!

  42. Vanderdecken says:

    Heh, your birthday is one day and 16 years after mine. Can we be fwiends?

    And the cake IS a lie. It’s NOT EVEN AN RPS CAKE, YOU STOLE IT FROM CRAIG. We commenters know all your secrets.

  43. AndrewC says:

    So I should just check in once a year for a list of the wheat?


  44. Mark says:

    Happy Birthday RPS. Vanilla Crazy Cake next year?

  45. Mr Pink says:

    Happy Birthday RPS. It’s great to have a gaming site based around the things the writers love, rather than just whatever happens to be “hot” a the time.

  46. Meat Circus says:

    Your words please me.

    I shall allow you to live another year.

    Be grateful.

  47. John Walker says:

    I totally made that cake for Craig, I’ll have you know.

  48. Morris says:

    Happy birthday RPS!

    *goes to sacrifice my only copy of Daikatana in your honor*


  49. Tom Camfield says:

    Happy Birthday RPS! xoxo

  50. Chris Evans says:

    I has spent many a hour reading RPS, and to think you are now all grown up and are celebrating your first birthday. It makes me happy :D