The game of Rock Paper Scissors has been around for centuries, entertaining children and adults alike with its simple rules. However, in 2008, the game was revolutionized with the addition of two new elements: Lizard and Spock.
The new game, now known as Rock Paper Scissors Lizard Spock, was introduced in an episode of the hit television series, The Big Bang Theory. The show’s character Sheldon Cooper explained the game as a way of reducing the possibility of ties in the original game.
While the addition of two new elements may seem trivial, it actually has a significant impact on the game’s strategy. In fact, the game has been studied by mathematicians and psychologists, revealing some surprising science behind the game.
One study published in the journal “Scientific Reports” found that there are actually patterns of play in the game, with some players tending to stick to a particular move. For example, some players may have a tendency to play Rock more frequently, while others may choose to play Scissors more often.
These patterns, known as “frequency-dependent selection,” are similar to those found in evolutionary biology. Essentially, the success of a particular move is dependent on the frequency of its use by other players.
Another study, published in the journal “Social Science & Medicine,” found that playing Rock Paper Scissors can actually increase a person’s level of arousal and decrease stress. The study asked participants to play the game before completing a stress-inducing task, and those who played the game showed a lower level of stress response.
Beyond its scientific implications, Rock Paper Scissors Lizard Spock has become a popular pastime for fans of The Big Bang Theory and beyond. The game even has its own annual world championship, bringing players from around the globe to compete for the title.
Despite the game’s simplicity, the addition of Lizard and Spock has shown the potential for unexpected complexity and strategy. Who knew a game as simple as Rock Paper Scissors could have such surprising science behind it?