Psychology for gamers

How to Win at Rock-Paper-Scissors

“No washing dishes for me tonight.” Beat my sister at a game of Rock-Paper-Scissors (RPS). I was 10 years old and RPS was our “go to” game of fate to decide all kinds of important issues. Little did I know that RPS was not a game of chance, but a strategic system with a strong psychological foundation. RPS probably dates back to the Han Dynasty in China (206 BC – 220AD). The game, known as “sansukumi-ken” in Japan (hand, three-way, deadlock), has used fingers and hands to represent a variety of different symbols in addition to rock, paper, and scissors, including slugs, poisonous centipedes, frogs, hunters. By the 20th century, RPS spread to the west. English names such as roshambo, ick-ack-ock, ching-chang-walla, or stone-paper-scissors have also been used. ….[READ]

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