By Ariel Rubinstein, Martin J. Osborne

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A path in online game idea offers the most rules of video game idea at a degree compatible for graduate scholars and complicated undergraduates, emphasizing the theory's foundations and interpretations of its uncomplicated options. The authors offer designated definitions and entire proofs of effects, sacrificing generalities and restricting the scope of the cloth on the way to achieve this. The textual content is equipped in 4 elements: strategic video games, large video games with ideal info, wide video games with imperfect info, and coalitional video games. It comprises over a hundred exercises.

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It follows that for every y ∈ A2 we have − minx∈A1 u2 (x, y) = maxx∈A1 (−u2 (x, y)) = maxx∈A1 u1 (x, y). Hence maxy∈A2 minx∈A1 u2 (x, y) = − miny∈A2 [− minx∈A1 u2 (x, y)] = − miny∈A2 maxx∈A1 u1 (x, y); in addition y ∈ A2 is a solution of the problem maxy∈A2 minx∈A1 u2 (x, y) if and only if it is a solution of the problem miny∈A2 maxx∈A1 u1 (x, y). ✷ The following result gives the connection between the Nash equilibria of a strictly competitive game and the set of pairs of maxminimizers. 2 Let G = {1, 2}, (Ai ), (ui ) be a strictly competitive strategic game.

First, it is hard to accept that the deliberate behavior of a player depends on factors that have no effect on his payoff. People usually give reasons for their choices; in any particular situation a modeler who wishes to apply the notion of mixed strategy equilibrium should point out the reasons that are payoff irrelevant and explain the required dependency between the player’s private information and his choice. mjo In a mixed strategy equilibrium each player is indifferent between all the actions in the support of her equilibrium strategy, so that it is not implausible that the action chosen depends upon factors regarded by the modeler as “irrelevant”.

Proof. We first prove parts (a) and (b). Let (x∗ , y ∗ ) be a Nash equilibrium of G. Then u2 (x∗ , y ∗ ) ≥ u2 (x∗ , y) for all y ∈ A2 or, since u2 = −u1 , u1 (x∗ , y ∗ ) ≤ u1 (x∗ , y) for all y ∈ A2 . Hence u1 (x∗ , y ∗ ) = miny u1 (x∗ , y) ≤ maxx miny u1 (x, y). 5 Strictly Competitive Games 23 for all x ∈ A1 and hence u1 (x∗ , y ∗ ) ≥ miny u1 (x, y) for all x ∈ A1 , so that u1 (x∗ , y ∗ ) ≥ maxx miny u1 (x, y). Thus u1 (x∗ , y ∗ ) = maxx miny u1 (x, y) and x∗ is a maxminimizer for player 1. An analogous argument for player 2 establishes that y ∗ is a maxminimizer for player 2 and u2 (x∗ , y ∗ ) = maxy minx u2 (x, y), so that u1 (x∗ , y ∗ ) = miny maxx u1 (x, y).