# Rock Paper Scissors Hammer Helmet: Steven Bridges vs Emma Blackery – Game On 1×01

Over the next six shows, a video gamer, a game designer, a mathematician, and a magician are going up against each other in a series
of games of skill and logic and only one can emerge victorious. This is Game On. In the commentary booth, I’m Tom Scott, this is game designer David Bodycombe. Hello! And today we are playing Rock Paper Scissors
Hammer Helmet with Emma Blackery, video gamer, and Steven Bridges, magician. Why am I nervous? It’s rock paper scissors! You’ve got to win rock paper scissors. If
you do that, you pick up the hammer, you hit your opponent
on the head with it before they pick the helmet and defend themselves. And we’re playing first to seven. If you get
seven, you win the round. The theory says that usually people feel strongest
with stone, so if you think that’s the case, then you
should go with paper. — Damn it!
— Yes! — Aww.
— Video games! I don’t know. Can we get a replay of that? Because that’s
just… That also answers the question of whether
height is making a difference here. Oh, no! It took me too long just to register
the fact that I’d gone for rock. I just love how I went like that, and sort
of, just… I’m worried that at some point, you’re just
going to grab the helmet and go ‘smack’! That’s how this is going to go down. I’m really disappointed in myself. That’s going to be the only good start we’re
going to have to this. You nailed it! I’m going to do terribly from now. Okay, ready? Yes! And it squeaked! Sorry. — That’s harder!
— It’s not easy, is it? By the time you’d hit my head, I was still
registering whether or not I had to pick up the helmet. It’s worth pointing out that they have to
grab the right thing. Grabbing the wrong thing gives your opponent
a point. No! You’re getting too good now. And it is quite deliberate that the helmet
is an awkward thing to put on your head. Otherwise we’d be here all day! Yes, we did playtest this, it is possible
to defend. Man, I’m taking this way too seriously. I’m
like, okay, let’s do this. You’re in the zone now! I’ve ruined it. Now
he’s in the zone! No, no, as far as I’m concerned, you had the
good start, so now… I’m still trying to catch up. You’re ahead! You’re ahead now. Right. Okay. The helmet’s impossible! The helmet is so hard! It’s all about the rock paper scissors. That is not okay(!) You’re just good at rock paper scissors! Well, you know, years of practice. Okay. I get that far! Yeah? Do you want it a little bit closer? No — oh, thanks, like I’m going to lose(!) Now I know that Steven said beforehand that
he actually has rock paper scissors theories in his head. He’s a magician, he reads people for a… he does mentalism, he does magic, he should be good at reading people here. — Oh!
— You went for it and then you stopped! I got so confused! I was like, that’s a rock? Wait, no! And then
I got donked. It’s the terror of not knowing whether you’re
having to attack or defend. People get paralysed. As soon as you touch
the wrong thing, you forfeit the point. Yes! Exactly. Exactly that. He hasn’t put it on his head yet! Quick. No, that doesn’t count. — Amazing.
— I’m kidding. ‘Cos we both went like this, both stopped, and then I grabbed it. I think I was rock and you were scissors! — I should have donked you.
— Oh, man. Donk is the official term, actually. Yeah. It is now, anyway! Oh, I need to squeak it more. That’s good.
That’s where the satisfaction is. Don’t plan it like you’re going to do it again! It’s going to happen. I don’t know. My brain can’t do the mental
thing, and then the… This is so unfortunate! You’re just losing
rock paper scissors, which is a game of chance, and you’re just losing more than I am. It’s really not a game of chance. Certainly not against a magician. — No. You can bring it back! It’s first to seven! You can bring it back when you’re losing by
six. — True.
— This is very true. Encouragement, that’s what I need. Okay, ready? Oh, that was close. Can we get a…? Yep. We’re counting that, yes. I donked myself with the helmet! That’s how the injuries happen. I’m telling
you, it’s all about the helmet. This is what’s going to happen to me in, like,
a minute. Oh, well, this is match point. — Is it?
— Yeah! You’re on 6-1 now. Tense. Very tense. Okay. Oh, she got the wrong thing! She got the wrong thing! — I’m out of it.
— Oh, man. I’m so used to losing! So Steven is straight through to the next
round, Emma is not eliminated yet. No, she can still win, but she has to– If she wants to win, she’s got to win every
single game from now on. Next up, it is Hannah versus Katie. What’s
the game? It’s going to be a game of digits, dexterity
and dice. You’re regretting me giving you that line,
aren’t you? Yeah. Thanks, Tom. [Translating these subtitles? Add your name here!]

1. Lyle Reynolds says:

Tom put in Emma's bio that she has 100,000+ subs, I feel 1.1m+ is more suitable for her Tom 🙂

2. ColdsideRamrod says:

FEED ME MORE OF THIS MOIST DELICIOUS CONTENT

3. R. D.E. says:

brilliant

Fabulous!

5. Seegal Galguntijak says:

Emma looks cute.

6. Sunil Shahi says:

The helmet should have been placed upside down so that it would have been easier…

7. FreakFizzer says:

Best series idea ever. Keep this up Tom!

8. Darkassassin 07 says:

+Tom Scott You should put the helmet up-side-down on the table so it is quicker to put on. then its a little easier to defend

9. xylene says:

Hahaha, I loved this! So much fun to watch! When will the next episode be out? Is it each Thursday, or how will I know to tune in again? 😀 I loved that the hammer squeaked!! X)

10. Lea Mitchem says:

I love this, it's such a interesting idea.

11. zian lin says:

oh my god the color scheme is just like my profile picture!

i feel special now

12. BariumCobaltNitrog3n says:

Emma is wicked cute.

13. nTronics says:

Nice video! Banter++ would be nice 🙂

14. Thoughtyness says:

This is the best series/competition on YouTube!

15. mistformsquirrel says:

This works on two levels:

1) It's interesting to think about.

2) SQUEAKY HAMMER

Tom, you've combined the two great aspects of human existence – thought, and squeaky toys.

16. Sam Sitar says:

how do i join your for one these games?

17. Mark Paul Cards says:

I love your videos, but this is just stupid.

18. 607 says:

Very nice, cool!

19. ___ says:

i'm gonna color my hair!

20. Jason Bryant says:

That was weird and hilarious.

21. ___ says:

great concept Tom keep it up babe

22. Ellitopia Gaming says:

Good choice with Emma… much more well known than me 😛 (I'm assuming this is the 'experiment' you tweeted about a couple of months back?)

23. SlimThrull says:

This was hilariously entertaining. I need more of this.

This looks awesome =D. Steven might have a slight perception advantage since he's a magician, but I feel he won because of his focus on one thing (winning RPS and grabbing the hammer) while Emma had both scenarios fixed in her mind and had to think about both, hence taking twice as long.

25. runforitman says:

Tom, why is your voice so interesting?

26. pokecrafter2201 says:

Why not rock paper scissor lizard Spock?

27. Smoked Robot Pâté says:

MOAR!!!

28. Macspieler says:

Despite what others are saying in the comments, I think this new format is great, I like that you always try something new and fun. You did so much to enlighten us in all aspects of science, I think you deserve to try something different 😉

29. Masre Super says:

2:11 "The helmet is so hard" well, duh, that's the point of a helmet

30. Gilgwath says:

Hahaha here in Switzerland we would say "das isch ja de hammer" which translates to "that's the hammer"… meaning… "wow that's cool" I really like it 😀

31. Johannes Winger-Lang says:

She had to take it with her left hand or (as she did) cross over – not ideal.

32. Luke Harper says:

I can't believe you filmed this in front of such a nice lake at night.

33. Zied Masmoudi says:

the hammer is on the magician's dominant hand's side, and not on the gamer's

34. toasty bear says:

this was brilliant!! i loved it 🙂 but I'm not sure its up to a second series, still, awesome 🙂

35. Dorian Gray says:

I probably would have liked this if I wasn't expecting Citation Needed but all I can feel is disappointment

36. Thomas Giles says:

Awe~some~!!

37. M1lkweed 761 says:

Stecks!

38. Simon Wood says:

Techno!!! Now that put a banging donk into my life

39. Sage Binder says:

KATIE STECKLES!!!!!
You should also get Matt Parker if you can.

40. jpgo5000 says:

I really like this concept, getting a bunch of people from different fields to play weird games. personally I would prefer a scoring system based on tally instead of elimination though.

41. trombonista92 says:

FUCK YEA, I knew you would get Emma , i suggested here when you asked for suggestions, i dont know if you even soe my comment, anyway, yay

42. Paul Consani says:

In true double elimination you would have to win twice in the final round if the other team lost 0

43. Derpy Hooves says:

Oh, these are going to be fun)

4:03 – I really hoped she would win…
4:22 – Well, at least she could retaliate like this. 😀

45. GraemeMarkNI says:

Hahaha fun 🙂

46. Thomas Donald says:

This is like a more violent version of the card game "spoons"

47. SaintishRhys says:

Didn't realise until the first point that the hammer wasn't solid.. got pretty scared to say the least!

48. Galvanise says:

EMMA HAS A MILLION SUBSCRIBERS NOT 100, 000 !?>!??!?>!?!??!?!?!?

49. Kris Occhipinti says:

Emma sounds just like Jemma Simmons from Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

50. olizk says:

She can't even let it be just a game. So much pride for nothing

51. David M. says:

sorry, but emma is not a good pick for a "Gamer", should have gone with Nerdcubed…

52. Valery Konovalov says:

Best video!!!

53. Archie Lucas says:

wow this is great

54. Sam Symonds says:

I was so surprised to see Emma here! Happily surprised! 😀

55. Robin Häggqvist says:

amazing.

56. DaniloThePopa says:

This is crazy as hell 😀

57. Theodore Bagwell says:

Tom, why are emojis different on android compared to iphone?

58. Actually Ed says:

Oh, so that's what you needed that gamer for!

59. Girish Manjunath says:

Emma!

60. 72Isaacblue says:

I feel like this could use a longer Tale of the Tape segment

61. GEIMZz says:

+OfficialNerdCubed is mentioned. I'm in my happy place

62. Ryan Clarke-Byrne says:

I knew it was Emma blackery I could tell by the hair in the poster

63. Robin Williams says:

What about Rock Paper Scissors Lizard Spock Hammer Helmet?

64. Jacob Rixen says:

I love Steven 😀

65. Peter D Morrison says:

ok, so you decide in advance which one you are going to play. Then you know which of your opponents moves results in a win, loss or draw. So as soon as you see their move, you know whether to go for hammer or helmet, so saving thinking time. Thinking ahead means faster reactions.

66. Joshua Maloney says:

Didn't Emma do a video saying how much she hated rock , paper , scissors?

67. Joshua Maloney says:

Once beat Nerdcubed at Wrestlemania (the video game)

68. EcceJack says:

Nice 😀 good, harmless (…more or less) fun

69. Ryk Latortuga says:

Good – But it's no "World Series of Dice" –

70. var18 says:

Here's an idea for Rock Paper Scissors… pick a random sequence of numbers or something (e.g. birthdays, digits in pi), and use them to make your rock/paper/scissors throws. So for Pi, I would take every digit modulo 3 to get a 'random' series of throws. Once you figure out your throw, visualize your opponents corresponding winning / losing throws on the helmet or hammer, and then you can pick either up very rapidly.

So basically make your throws random and barely think about them, and optimize speed for picking up stuff.

71. platipusoj says:

I love this series, keep it up!

72. James Basoo says:

Just to add to the complexity… Rock Paper Scissors Lizard Spock Hammer Helmet?

Emma s hardly a Gamer, there are much more appropriate choices. But this works.

74. Chris Slater - Magic and Frippery says:

there are theories for effective rps strategy. one of the main ones is to know what you are going to throw in rows of three. this means you are not adjusting for things thrown and can't be "read". still a game of chance, but apparently one you are more likely to win using that technique.

75. zeanamush says:

what is the with the Chicago background?

76. Nba2002crash says:

i thought emma would get the pity win

77. Joe Taylor says:

Are the saftey glasses entirly necessary ?

78. karasawa21797 says:

whoever these people are… and this channel is like trying to be Geek and Sundry or something?>

79. Grant Fikes says:

A real life version of the Game & Watch game Judge? That's pretty novel.

80. Juan Aguilar says:

That was fun to watch. Emma was a good sport but Steven had her number.

81. dallen3000 says:

this is a really cool show

82. Jithin George says:

Champion Emma : Origins

so it's kinda like jan ken as played in Japan among friends (at least as explained by my Japanese teacher in HS)
You have generally a circle of people, 2 people in the middle, a rolled up newspaper (or foam sword), and a book (or shield). You play rock paper scissors, winner tries to grab the sword before the looser can shield and then hits the looser with the sword. It's really fun to have tourney style jan ken games

84. Tjam says:

Emma's third highest claim to fame is that she beat nerdcubed at a wrestling game

85. roygbiv330 says:

five years ago, no hammer helmet fights were uploaded here. the culture has crossed the pacific from east asia to the american continent. from japan.

86. Sebastian Malton says:

Is match point when they both need only 1 point to win?

87. Spacewarp Photography says:

This is very silly, and I'm excited about seeing more.

88. Joshua Weiss says:

if hes a mentalist he should be better at this

89. ATMunn says:

I hope he does something like this again.

90. wari3rkng says:

pwned

91. Pika says:

This was posted on my birthday! Yay!

92. Herbiesainty says:

It's the year of demma demma year of demma demma…… Your a bout to see nerd cubed and Emma blackery………

93. Nick Bond says:

Has nobody else spotted the 'Put A Donk On It' video link over Tom's name in the end credits? Why did Tom link to it in such an obscure and fleeting way? What even is that song?

94. Bruceolini and his big weenie says:

Its obligatory for the players to say "tataite kabutte JAN KEN PON!"

95. eloiseannicle says:

Don’t know how I missed these. Good episode one; I’m confidently hopeful about the others.

96. SovietOnion says:

If Steven really is a magician, he should've removed a point from Emma simply by peeling it off the screen.

97. Frank Harr says:

Hey, there are six episodes in one thing by Matt Gray. Right over there. I should do that. After I've slept.

98. mspenrice says:

This looks like it would be a good drunken party game… not sure about it in youtube/tv format terms, other than a minigame within a longer show, or maybe on a kids' channel, but still fun to participate in.

99. Lopt The Treacherous says:

Would be more fair if the helmet was upside down, then it's easier to put on.

100. Christian Stachl says:

I nearly didn't watch this because of the title. I thought it's just some "lame" version of RPS with two more options. But THIS is a really nice idea 😀