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326213.  Sun Apr 27, 2008 4:53 pm Reply with quote

Possibly Molly or James are already doing this, but here's my effort in case it helps:

What’s the best way to win at Rock, Paper, Scissors?

In the perfectly efficient world of Games Theory, the best strategy is to play each choice one third of the time at random. In the real world there’s lots of scope for psychology. Research shows that rock is the most commonly played, and scissors the least – so paper is the best call. If your opponent is at all experienced, though, he will know that rock is the most likely opening move by an inexperienced player (particularly if he’s male, as it’s perceived as a “strong” move: “rock is for rookies”, they say) so he’ll likely call paper – and so you should call scissors. It’s said that if your opponent plays scissors first, you can predict the type of player he is by the angle of his scissors. For instance, if he does a wide scissor then he is aggressive and may throw lots of future rocks, but if it is a thin scissor, he is experienced and you can expect lots of deceptive throws.

This kind of reasoning can go on forever, and you may prefer a sneakier strategy, such as this one: make your first call extremely (and obviously) late. Your opponent will accuse you of cheating, and you say, "Sorry, my fault. Let's do it again." You’ll find that there’s a strong tendency for your opponent to make the same choice the second time as the first, based on the assumption that you will be expecting them to change.

The game exists in many cultures under various names: Jan Ken Pon (Japan), Shnik Shnak Shnuk (Germany), Ching Chong Chow (South Africa), or Farggling (US). In India and Indonesia the game is played with elephant, human and ant, where elephant beats human and human beats ant – and, somehow, ant beats elephant.

Etiquette is important; the clenched fist movements before making your call are called "primes", and it’s very bad form to call paper with the hand held vertically.

754656.  Sun Oct 24, 2010 12:44 pm Reply with quote

use an axe!

913588.  Sat Jun 02, 2012 1:58 pm Reply with quote

Watch what shape they are forming their hand into. If you see them extending into the paper gesture, for instance, you may have a split second within the count to react accordingly with scissors. But, be careful when trying to see what your opponent is doing because it could lead to slow throwing, which is illegal in competitive play.

913677.  Sun Jun 03, 2012 2:34 am Reply with quote

RE: The Rock-Paper-Scissors International Rules wrote:
The basic rules are simple enough, paper covers rock, rock blunts scissors and scissors cuts paper. But just to make things abundantly clear the official rules go on to state that "any use of dynamite, bird, well, spock, water, match, fire, God, lightning, bomb, Texas Longhorn, or other non-sanctioned throws, will result in automatic disqualification".


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