Re: GAMES: kalah

From: Lee Daniel Crocker (
Date: Wed Jan 09 2002 - 12:18:44 MST

> In fact, overly complicated games are likely not abstract enough to
> teach us much - the important things get lost in the specialized
> clutter and we tend to learn specialized skills rather than the
> general insights that are really useful.

It's no secret that I'm a big fan of games myself, and one of
the most amazing things I ever witnessed was a tournament among
eight professional high-stakes poker players, including former
world champion Phil Hellmuth, playing $100-entry winner-take-all
single-elimination...Rock, Paper, Scissors.

Although the game seems "trivial" (and is, is a purely game-
theoretical sense), play between humans definitely is not.
Rock, Paper, Scissors is, in a sense, the psychological aspects
of poker distilled to remove the mathematical and chance aspects.
The amazing thing to watch was Perry Friedman, author of the
original Roshambot <>
who has studied the game and played extensively, ran over the
field. They played each match as first-to-ten, and he won with
scores like 10-3, 10-4, 10-6 (the final against one of his close
friends, Lenny Augustine; the 10-4 was against Hellmuth).

Lee Daniel Crocker <> <>
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