John Joyce wrote:
> 
> On Oct 29, 2007, at 7:53 PM, M. Edward (Ed) Borasky wrote:
> 
>> James Edward Gray II wrote:
>>> On Oct 29, 2007, at 6:06 AM, Scissors Paper wrote:
>>>> making a game for uni in ruby for the first time, called scissors 
>>>> papers
>>>> stone and wanted to know if you can find out what method your oppenents
>>>> are using before they use and and counter them.
>>> This was a Ruby Quiz some time ago:
>>>   http://www.rubyquiz.com/quiz16.html
>>> James Edward Gray II
>>
>> Hmmm ... reminds me of the old Claude Shannon penny matching machine. 
>> Isn't rock/paper/scissors the base-three equivalent of that? Anyhow, 
>> if you can find the Shannon paper, it will give you some clues on how 
>> to do rock/paper/scissors against a human opponent.
>>
> Oh but it is so much more than a number game.
> It is about timing and has the x-factor of personality like in Poker.
> Doesn't make a good computer game.
> As "janken" in Japan it is frequently used to settle minor disputes and 
> make decisions by people of all ages.
> Yet, I've never seen a video game version of it in Japan...
> 
> 
There's a similar Italian game (I've forgotten the name) that involves 
one, two or three fingers. That one I'm pretty sure is in "The Compleat 
Strategist".