Rock Paper Scissors Lizard Spock


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by Casey Lynn
Contributing Writer, [GAS]

It’s not as if it’s a new idea, but the expansion of Rock-Paper-Scissors that includes a poisonous reptile and a logical Vulcan may become more popular thanks to the newest episode of The Big Bang Theory. And it really does make a lot of sense, considering the limited number of outcomes in the original version. If you are unfamiliar with the expansion’s rules, let me break it down for you:

Scissors cut paper.
Paper covers rock.
Rock crushes lizard.
Lizard poisons Spock.
Spock smashes scissors.
Scissors decapitate lizard.
Lizard eats paper.
Paper disproves Spock.
Spock vaporizes rock.
Rock crushes scissors.

As a bonus, it kind of rhymes.  Ready to try it out? Play it online first!

Of course, what I don’t understand about their problem in the last scene is why someone didn’t choose lizard. After all, if everyone else is putting up Spock, then the best choices are Lizard (which poisons Spock) or Paper (which disproves Spock), and Lizard also beats Paper (by eating it). Is loyalty to your favorite Vulcan really more important than winning?






23 Responses to Rock Paper Scissors Lizard Spock

  1. Had anyone put up anything to beat Spock, I would imagine that someone would also try to think ahead and preemptively beat that, and all of the things that could beat things that beat Spock can be beaten by Spock, so it would have been a draw. I guess there’s no risk in that sort of draw occurring, but you would be cautious to thing only one step ahead in case everyone else thought two, etc.

  2. Had anyone put up anything to beat Spock, I would imagine that someone would also try to think ahead and preemptively beat that, and all of the things that could beat things that beat Spock can be beaten by Spock, so it would have been a draw. I guess there's no risk in that sort of draw occurring, but you would be cautious to thing only one step ahead in case everyone else thought two, etc.

  3. I think I’ll stick to the original Rock, Paper, Scissors when it comes to the final say in arguments. Anymore than 3 positions is more complicated than I need, no matter how cool they are.

  4. I think I'll stick to the original Rock, Paper, Scissors when it comes to the final say in arguments. Anymore than 3 positions is more complicated than I need, no matter how cool they are.

  5. The reason they both did Spock at the end was a joke. The reason the head nerd wanted to add lizard and Spock is because some guy said that if you know a person you could guess if they would choose rock, paper, scissors. He added lizard and Spock to give more range of choices, then they both choose Spock….(geek)haha.

  6. The reason they both did Spock at the end was a joke. The reason the head nerd wanted to add lizard and Spock is because some guy said that if you know a person you could guess if they would choose rock, paper, scissors. He added lizard and Spock to give more range of choices, then they both choose Spock….(geek)haha.

  7. Moving on to more (*gasp*) important things, who is the girl on the picture at the top?
    Would that be Casey?

  8. Moving on to more (*gasp*) important things, who is the girl on the picture at the top?

    Would that be Casey?

  9. The reason why they all kept choosing spock is that they are obsessed with star trek!! c'mon guys they are nerds! Sheldon being the king !!