Media Type: Film Clips Topic: Game Theory

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A dare causes two high school students to play chicken while facing each other on tractors. Winning a game of chicken requires one person to outlast the other. If both participants bail out, they both look "chicken" and lose face. If they both refuse to budge, the end result is that they both risk serious injury or death. Here the character played by Kevin Bacon ends up winning the contest not because he is the bravest, but because his shoelaces get tangled in the gears and he is unable to jump off the tractor. His opponent realizes that he is stuck, so to avoid a head-on collusion, he bails out. This is an example of how being committed can aid participants in strategic games like chicken. The scene has a cheesy 80's vibe with a boom box and slow-moving tractors on a levy crawling towards each other all of which makes it perfect for classroom discussion. 

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