I know, and that is guys like SJan will carry this to his grave and not move on.I think all the innovations have largely gone towards supporting the looping game, I think the frictionless long pips that are now illegal should have been allowed to stay, and let players adjust to them with practice. But again, that is my view.
But then, should the European be sour at the Japanese for coming up with the sandwich rubber?
The world has moved on, history has both good and bad, and it is about living in the present and developing for the future.
For the ones that love challenges (I won't say I love them, as my body is still aching), and not playing in ITTF tournaments, play with what ever you want - no rule book.