Rock, Paper, Scissors

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  1. alan halvorson

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    I have seen this game played once in a while on tv shows. It seems simple enough and everyone assumes that everyone knows how it's played, but I must confess that I haven't got a clue. I have never known anyone that played rock, paper, scissors and if it wasn't for tv, I would have never known it existed.

    So - how's it played?
     
  2. Mike Voigt

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    Two people get together, and at the same time select which one they want: rock (fist) paper (open hand), or scissors (index and middle finger apart in a vertically held hand).

    The "wins" are as follows:

    rock vs scissors - rock wins, damages scissors
    rock vs paper - paper wins, wraps rock
    scissors vs paper - scissors wins, cuts paper

    Usually both people hide the hand behind their back, and on a count of three, show which one they selected.
     
  3. Scott L

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    I usually see players pound a closed fist to an open palm per each count to 3. "1 - 2 - 3 - go!" Then on go they choose their weapon.
     
  4. Jay H

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    My family and I play this all the time typically for who goes first in Chinese Checkers.

    There's even a world championship in Toronto that was posted here awhile ago I think. I'm sure you could google it to find out..

    ...and you can play with more than 2, although given enough people, expect a lot of ties [​IMG]

    Jay
     
  5. Al.Anderson

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    Let's keep this in perspective, this is a kids game. A very young kids game. (The exeception being when families play it to see who goes first.) When you see it on TV or as a tournament in Toronto you are witnessing the decline of Western civilization.
     
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    Sorry. Double post.
     
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    There was a Rock-Paper-Scissors "tournament" at my favorite watering hole last Friday (sponsored by Bud Lite as part of a national campaign...the national winner gets $50,000 and a trip to Vegas).

    It was the most obnoxious two hours I've had to endure in quite a while.

    There were maybe 10 people involved altogether, but they made enough noise for 200. What annoyed the rest of us most was the BRAGGING when one imbecile would win over another. Bragging! About winning at Rock-Paper-Scissors! (I'll pause here to let it sink in...)

    It was enough to make me want to cancel my lifetime subscription to Tiddly-Winks Enthusiast!

    I agree with Al. When a kids' finger game is being televised as a sort of sports contest, our civilization is on the brink of disaster...

    Personally, I'm holding out for the Paper Triangle Field Goal Championships myself...
     
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    Sorry...triple post
     
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    Nah, Nothing beats Rock. Rock rips right trough paper
     
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    Let's make this an Olympic event! [​IMG]
     
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    This is how my wife and I determine who has to change the babies diapers. I'm currently on a winning streak [​IMG] .
     
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    I like the Friends, variation:

    Phoebe: "Paper"
    Joey: (fingers and thumb pointed up: "Fire beats paper."
    Phobe: (closes fist, opens over Joey's fingers) "Water baloon!"
    Joey: "Nice play."
     
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    I did a short film on RPS for the 48 hour film project last fall. Keep in mind it was written, shot and edited in 48 hours, although I did some tweaking afterwards hence the 49 hour title. [​IMG] I did win a couple awards though.

    View in WMV format
     
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    I have a trick that is guarantees a win if it comes out unexpected (ie. you can't overuse it).

    I do the 1-2-3-GO thing, so on GO, you turn your fist to the side, so your knuckles are facing up. Your opponent is now thinking your going for paper, but at that moment, lay out your index and middle fingers to form scissors for the easy win.

    Yes, I'm a geek for having a strategy to Rock, Paper and Scissors.
     
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    Next fall on Bravo: Celebrity Rock, Scissors, Paper
     
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    Oddly enough, around here the variant consists of a bird (five fingers held together, like a beak), which drinks water (open palm), which would engulf a rock (fist), which strikes bird. Same basic principle though.

    I can't believe there's a world championship on this. Might as well have one for coin-toss.
     
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    In Japan it's known as "janken", and the terms used there — "choki" "kami" "ishi" — are direct equivalents to the English [kami = paper (not the word for "god"), ishi = stone, choki = onomatopoeia for "snip"]. It seems to be a common way of settling unimportant matters, even among adults, in the same manner as flipping a coin, or rolling dice, in other places. Any such game, for the technically minded, is known as a "mora" [apparently the Italian version, involving guessing at the number of fingers to be shown], and the verb proper to it is "tossing".
     
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    one of the world champs or something in "RPS" (as they call it) actually got to go on Conan. they tried it and the first 3 times they tied, then the guy won on the 4th.
     
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    obligatory simpsons reference:


    CJ
     

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