This is more interesting than it has any right to be. Try the "veteran" version. It's positively creepy to feel the computer analyzing your moves and guessing what you'll do next--especially since it's so good at it. Out of 100 trials, I won 25, tied 41, and lost 34. It seemed not to matter whether I tried to be random, or tried to deduce what the computer would be expecting and then counter it. Either way, I lost more than I won.
Saturday, March 05, 2011
For the second round of 100, I decided to enlist a little computer help of my own. I used Excel to generate a random number 1, 2, or 3, and entered my choice accordingly. That allowed me to improve to 37 wins, 32 ties, and 31 losses. Ya gotta fight fire with fire.