feces... ahh, poop humor
I was playing a game of darts a couple nights ago, and some friend told me "there's no such thing as being lucky, only skill." I told him that's nice, cause I got skilled last night.
Bad jokes aside, I still stand by my thought that it takes luck and skill to win at RPS, or anything in life really. I believe that being skilled increases your chance to utilize lucky situations when they arise.
If two people of sound mind and body are each making a conscious decision on a particular throw, where is there an element of luck?
I think I feel almost completely opposite of that situation. If I'm matched up against a player relying on luck who isn't very skilled, then it's easy to detect a pattern or use some of the basic tips around here to beat them, especially in a longer match. One basic tip that I still use all the time is that women start off playing scissors more, while men tend to start with rock.
But if I'm playing against top-notch players, then the luck seems to be amplified. I can set up a great strategy, but it might come down to who hit the turning point in the match first, or who correctly countered a strategy picked for one particular match. Luck could come down to a bunch of random things, like how good the lighting is, what stance my opponent takes, crowd noise in the background that's distracting, and so on... all seemingly minor, but perhaps they add up at a subconscious level.
In RPS the only luck factor I see there being, would be the opponent you are matched up against in a tournament setting.
Even if that's the only luck factor in the game, that's a huge factor if you're a tournament player, especially because tournaments are much less forgiving in nature. Getting matched up against someone wrong could be the difference between a lot of money or nothing. I'd say just look at Seattle's losing record as division champions last year in the NFL to see how luck can really play into anything.
I think I would have to give RPS an edge as so far as being the higher art form as I feel its more pure...
I'd agree with you there, that's why I wrote
Some would say the skills learned in RPS are the epitome of strategy.