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Rubik Speedsolving Association - A message from Ernő Rubik

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I actually think the best part about this is that if you aren't currently enrolled in K-12, you're not even allowed to compete! WOW!
Not to wax all philosophical here, but I think the best part about the WCA is that people of vastly different ages can actually compete against each other on an even footing. My favorite competition moment ever in any competition is from the antique tractor pull at the county fair: a 60-something guy drove the tractor his dad bought new back in the 1950s, then he backed the tractor up to hook up again immediately so that his 12-year old nephew could drive it next.
 
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I actually think the best part about this is that if you aren't currently enrolled in K-12, you're not even allowed to compete! WOW!
Maybe the WCA should add this to their regulations: "The Competitors should be a fun experience"
I think this is a key factor to the overall enjoyability of a competition which should not be overlooked. :p
 
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Speak for yourself, my first cube was a guanlong and everyone I've gotten into cubing I've told to buy a guanlong or sail.
Not everyone comes into speedcubing by talking to speedcubers. People will watch videos of speedcubers and won't necessarily think to look in the description to buy the cube they used (quite understandably.) Their first instinct will be to buy Rubik's, because that's all they know.
 

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Speak for yourself, my first cube was a guanlong and everyone I've gotten into cubing I've told to buy a guanlong or sail.
I'm starting a cube club at our mosque. I sent an email to all the parents with cube recommendations, pointing out that a Warrior W is way cheaper, but better than a Rubik's brand. I even said in the email, "Let me start by saying DO NOT BUY A RUBIK'S BRAND CUBE! They are difficult to turn and are a huge waste of money!"
And one of the parents replied to the email and later he went to Walmart and bought one anyway. He was like, "I looked in every store to try to find that one you emailed us about, but I couldn't, so I just bought this one from Walmart." Some people won't listen. I said, "dude, trust me, take that one back to the store and use that money to buy a couple cheap speed cubes."
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I'm starting a cube club at our mosque. I sent an email to all the parents with cube recommendations, pointing out that a Warrior W is way cheaper, but better than a Rubik's brand. I even said in the email, "Let me start by saying DO NOT BUY A RUBIK'S BRAND CUBE! They are difficult to turn and are a huge waste of money!"
And one of the parents replied to the email and later he went to Walmart and bought one anyway. He was like, "I looked in every store to try to find that one you emailed us about, but I couldn't, so I just bought this one from Walmart." Some people won't listen. I said, "dude, trust me, take that one back to the store and use that money to buy a couple cheap speed cubes."
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Maybe include a link, or offer to take orders so you can get a volume discount?
 
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@One Wheel . Yeah I included links to cube stores. And I included review videos from YouTube. As far as making a large order, that may be something to look into, but it's hard to get the parents to get involved. Communication. *sigh*
If you can afford it another option is to get a bunch of cheap cubes on your own dime. Guanlongs are kind of a classic cheap cube, but there are plenty of other options. I have a MoFang JiaoShi that is in close competition with my thunderclap for my main.
 
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Here's a video about my take on the new RSA!
Nice video. That brought up some sources I was unfamiliar with (Instagram and Facebook). Some of the interesting things to me were:
-Gans saying that his puzzles will be released under both his branding and the Rubik's brand. Gan cubes will still be sold as Gan cubes, which seems to me that any change in how cubes are sold would be what happens with the Rubik's brand, not on Gan's side (they will be sold the same way they are now). Interested to see exactly how that will look.
-Also, van Bruchem saying that the RSA is in good contact with the WCA. To me this is good news. I hope they will choose to support the WCA. To me that will be a very good thing.

Also, I'm curious if this would lead to bigger corporate sponsorship for cubing in the future. Scheffler's book pointed out that competitions in the 80s (I think specifically in Hungary), awarded much larger prize amounts than they do not, one winner received about a half-year's worth of his salary.

Over the holidays I was imagining what it would be like to do some broadcasts of cube competitions (video production with commentary, like a sports broadcast). After hearing about the RSA that made me think that if it ever became more mainstream (big corporate sponsorship and TV broadcast) I would be way under qualified to do something like that, to me it would just be for fun.

On the idea of broadcasting: My idea is that if I did broadcasting I would be the play-by-play and would appreciate an experienced color commentator to better analyze solves after they happen. BTW, if someone would actually want to help make this happen, let me know. I'm not sure where to start with that idea.
 
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Nice video. That brought up some sources I was unfamiliar with (Instagram and Facebook). Some of the interesting things to me were:
-Gans saying that his puzzles will be released under both his branding and the Rubik's brand. Gan cubes will still be sold as Gan cubes, which seems to me that any change in how cubes are sold would be what happens with the Rubik's brand, not on Gan's side (they will be sold the same way they are now). Interested to see exactly how that will look.
-Also, van Bruchem saying that the RSA is in good contact with the WCA. To me this is good news. I hope they will choose to support the WCA. To me that will be a very good thing.

Also, I'm curious if this would lead to bigger corporate sponsorship for cubing in the future. Scheffler's book pointed out that competitions in the 80s (I think specifically in Hungary), awarded much larger prize amounts than they do not, one winner received about a half-year's worth of his salary.

Over the holidays I was imagining what it would be like to do some broadcasts of cube competitions (video production with commentary, like a sports broadcast). After hearing about the RSA that made me think that if it ever became more mainstream (big corporate sponsorship and TV broadcast) I would be way under qualified to do something like that, to me it would just be for fun.

On the idea of broadcasting: My idea is that if I did broadcasting I would be the play-by-play and would appreciate an experienced color commentator to better analyze solves after they happen. BTW, if someone would actually want to help make this happen, let me know. I'm not sure where to start with that idea.
Problem with this is commentating on it live wouldn't really work.
 
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Problem with this is commentating on it live wouldn't really work.
For small cubes, it wouldn't. For big cubes, though, it takes long enough and there are enough stages that there could be some meaningful commentary.
I'd say 4x4 and up for most speedsolvers, 5x5 and up for world-class speedsolvers.

If we start doing commentary on competitions, then we need to make 2x2-7x7 relay an official event.
 
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