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When this game of 1 out of 3 chances started; I can’t really say. But everyone has known this somewhat “ritual” ever since their parents were kids. It’s simple, quick, and easy to know the rules.

Rock beats Scissors

Scissors cuts Paper

Paper covers Rock

That’s about it. But it gets a little more involved by making sure to throw your choice out at the same time as the other players.I don’t know if I’m the only one that did this, but I did kind of question how a sturdy and strong rock could be beaten by a flimsy piece of paper. I’ve seen rocks work as paper weights let alone just have a piece of paper cover it up and be beaten. For example, let’s walk through the ways to beat your opponent:

 

Rock beats scissors: “Oh no! These scissors are bent! I can’t use them”

Scissors cuts Paper: “Oh no! The paper is in strips! I can’t use this for writing on!

Paper covers Rock: “Oh no! My rock has a…blanket over it and is still in one piece.”

You know this looks badass.

I’ll admit over time, people came up with their own revised versions of the game such as using different objects to shape your hand into. As a kid, I’ve scene dynamite, tidal wave, lava and earthquake. Weren’t we so inventive. And thanks to Adultswim.com we now have Rock, Paper, Scissors as a three way fighting game called Rock, Paper, Scissors Extreme Deathmatch. Really good game and as action packed as three random objects can be (link at the bottom).

Along with this game as something to do when you and your friend is bored and without paper to play Tic-Tac-Toe with, (thanks scissors) it’s used mostly today as a MacGuffin. Let me explain this writer’s term. A MacGuffin is a plot device can be any object, character, or event that moves a movie or a story along. If anything, something that’s really convenient at certain times that helps a character. An example of this would be like the 1st ring from Lord of the Rings. It was said that the 1st ring could control all the rings and was very important to find. That ring worked as convenience and became a MacGuffin. Or even the glasses from Transformers, which had the map of where the Alspark (another MacGuffin) would be located. With this game, it’s used as a sort of “mini-game” when making hard decisions. Let’s say you’re about to play cards with friends so there’s no way to tell who would go first. Rock, Paper, Scissors is used to be the deciding factor, moving the game along. Rock, Paper, Scissors is a traditional game of chance and luck since even with playing with more than 4 people would possibly result in all three choices being thrown out. Meaning…I don’t know. I personally have never had that issue and I doubt many people would keep going with the game since the moves circle each other endlessly. But it’s a game and a mini-game all in one just as any hand-clapping game could be. Whether you liked it or hated it, it’s one of those “eh” games that mostly relies on luck and quick thinking.

Rock, Paper, Scissors Extreme Deathmatch

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It would be no surprise to know that the creators of American McGee’s Alice would’ve wanted a sequel to take place to make sure that they create more nightmarish visions and keep players from ever experiencing sleep. In 2000, Rogue Entertainment decided that the Disney’s rendition of Alice in Wonderland was too soft to be taken seriously as a movie adaptation of the book Alice’s Adventure’s in Wonderland. At the time, this game was your basic third-person fighting game set in a bizarre world in the main character’s subconscious. Nothing more and nothing less. But what happened nearly a decade later to create even more horrifying scenes of blood fountains, demented dolls, and a trip to the insane asylum? I have no clue. But what did come out of it was a very long played and extensive game worthy to be called a sequel.

Does this bloody blade match my blood-splattered dress?

In American McGee’s Alice, we play as Alice, a young girl who witnessed her family’s death in a fire she believes she might have caused. Bet they didn’t tell you about that in the Disney rip-off. Anyway, the game is as basic as it can get. Alice must fight her way through the creatures of Wonderland who have turned against her with her trusty vorpal blade. Of course with the fighting, there is also a little platforming to be used in some of the stages. In Madness Returns, someone must’ve wanted to go all out for game mechanics in this 2011 sequel. Alice returns to an orphanage and continues to seek help with her crumbling mind to the point of having to return back to Wonderland. Along with her Vorpal blade, she’s also given a few more weapons such as a machine gun pepper shaker, a grenade throwing teapot, and large horse head used to smash things to pieces. The game is still defined as a third person fighter, but has so many more aspects to the game. First of all, the game finds itself using many different art styles for different parts of the game. One minute it will be standard 3D, but then go into a 2D side scroller scene. There are so many parts to this that if I were to consider every change scene as a mini-game, it would probably take off 2 hours of game play. This game is the Grand Daddy of game mechanics and chooses to squeeze in every game we’re ever played from the 2D platforming from the original Super Mario games to the shooting Space Invaders stage. Along with that, there’s also sliding puzzle mini games, a timed killing session, and collecting teeth to upgrade your weapons. I’m getting tired just talking about it. But with all these elements that people have liked in previous games, is there such a thing as too many elements?

WAS THERE ANY REASON FOR THIS CREEPY ASS THING TO EXIST??

I can honestly admit that I love plat-formers, but hate sliding block puzzles. Does it have to mean that you won’t like this game?  I know people who probably hate hide and seek like games, but it’s in this one too. With the first game, you had a few puzzles and some platofrming, but nothing too exaggerated. with the sequel, everything is exaggerated. The monsters you fight, the wondering about the dim streets of London, and also a very creepy ass scene in the Dollhouse stage where you talk to children. Trust me. It’s not as innocent as you think. And for someone who is afraid of dolls, just watching the playthrough made my stomach turn. One of the mechanics for this game is probably how fast the creators can creep you out and make you not sleep that night. I can say honestly that I think it’s a really good game, but that’s because I know how to perform the basic tasks from older games that I’ve played (except for sliding block puzzles. I suck at them). But with that, it makes the game harder for basic noob players to pick up when they hear it has more than what they’re used to. If you like games, it’s good to learn new games and game mechanics that are constantly changing. Fail to do so and you might as well pick up knitting. One beginning. One ending.