Rock Paper Scissors

by , posted on September 15th, 2011 in Games & Creative Play, Technology

Is there a childhood game more classic than Rock, Paper, Scissors? All you need is your fist, a cunning wit and a formidable opponent. I find it’s the perfect game for settling arguments, waiting in line, and when there’s a ban on game systems because of some transgression. It’s also just fun to do every once in a while for no reason at all.

Now for those who like to prepare for battle, may I suggest brushing up on your game by playing the NYT computer before challenging junior. The NYTs version is very well done. It’s a great illustration of how computers “mimic human reasoning by building on simple rules and statistical averages.”

So far, I’m beating the computer by two. However, I fear that may all change shortly. You all saw Terminator, right?


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2 Responses to “Rock Paper Scissors”

  1. Beth Kimberly Says:

    September 15th, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    Such a wonderful, simple game! I love rock-paper-scissors because it’s a simple conflict resolution tool, but also it’s a great waiting game–such as these:

    At Playworks, we find teaching rock-paper-scissors as a conflict resolution tool can help transform a school’s culture. We do so by encouraging it’s use during minor conflicts and playing games such as Evolution to reinforce it-

    Oh, have you ever seen kids playing a game called Pikachu? I don’t teach it to kids, but I’m always amused when they play. And have admittedly played with my little cousins:

    Jennifer Cooper Reply:

    Oh, such EXCELLENT suggestions. Just watched the pikachu video. Ha! I can understand both why you don’t teach it to kids, but also why you play it with your little cousins.

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