Nearly everyone will have played the game Rock, Paper, Scissors at some point in their lives. The simple game has been used to resolve disputes for hundreds of years and is played around the world.
The game actually has its roots in the Chinese Han dynasty (206 BC – 220 AD) and was written about by the Chinese Ming dynasty writer Xie Zhaozhi in c. 1600. The game steadily made its way around the globe and in 1924 it was described in a letter to The Times (in Britain) as a hand game called “zhot”. By the end of the decade, it was a popular game in Britain, and there was a New York Times article in 1932 that explained the rules of the game for the benefit of Americans.
By 1933 the game appeared in Compton’s Pictured Encyclopaedia and was described as a common method of solving disputes between children in its article on Japan.
The game has very simple rules. Players need to simultaneously form one of three shapes with their hands, a rock (a closed fist), paper (a flat hand), or scissors (a fist with the index finger and middle finger extended to form a V).
Rock will crush scissors, paper covers rocks, and scissors can cut paper. Thanks to this, there are only two possible outcomes of the game, a win for a player or a draw.
The arcade game of Rock, Paper, Scissors is played in exactly the same way. First, you need to set your bet and then choose which shape you want to use. If you win then you win 1.9 times your bet, if you draw your bet is returned and if you lose, then you lose your bet.
You can also bet on a winning streak. To win that bet you have to win 2, 3 or 4 games in a row. If you bet on two consecutive wins then you win 8.7 times your bet, three consecutive wins and you can win 26 times your bet, and four consecutive wins can win you 78 times your bet.
Rock, Paper, Scissors may be a simple game, but it can provide you with hours of fun, so be sure to give it a try.